The suit claims officers failed to call for or give medical assistance and instead pinned Floyd down and eventually strapped his limp body to a restraint chair.
“By the time the officers and a medical staff member finally attempted to resuscitate Mr. 弗洛伊德, while he was still strapped to the restraint chair, it was too little too late,” the suit said.
Floyd never regained consciousness and died that morning, the suit said.
Mark Desire, a spokesman for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, said Floyd’s autopsy report listed his manner of death as an “事故 (substance abuse)” and that his cause of death was “cardiac arrythmia due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease in the setting of probable proarrhythmic gene mutation” — or irregular heartbeat due to high blood pressure. The office also said a contributing factor of his death was “recent synthetic cannabinoid use.”
CNN requested a copy of the autopsy report from the New York City medical examiner’s office which said it would only release copies to families or their authorized representatives. Mays’ attorney Katherine Rosenfeld declined to provide a copy to CNN.
博士. Lee Ann Grossberg, a board certified forensic pathologist, said she believes the medical examiner’s assessment of Floyd’s cause of death was that he had an “abnormal heart rhythm due to an enlarged heart caused by longstanding high blood pressure, which could have been related to a gene mutation.”
“Based on the wording of the cause and manner of death statements, pepper spray was not a contributory factor in his death,” Grossberg told CNN. “It appears that the reason the manner was certified as ‘accident’ was because the drugs in his system may have contributed in some way to his death.”
The day after Floyd died
, 的 Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General said it would investigate the circumstances surrounding his death
. Stephanie Logan
, a spokeswoman for the office
, said the investigation is ongoing and would not comment further
The complaint contradicts what a Justice Department statement said at the time of his death
. According to the statement
, Floyd was barricaded inside his cell and
“breaking the cell door window with a metal object
“He became increasingly disruptive and potentially harmful to himself and others,” 发布说. “Pepper spray was deployed, and staff removed him from his cell.”
Medical staff determined that Floyd was unresponsive and “instantly initiated life-saving measures,” 该部门说.
The lawsuit alleges correctional officers used excessive force, were deliberately indifferent to Floyd’s serious medical needs, 电池, wrongful death and negligence by failing to provide adequate medical care. The suit asks for compensatory and punitive damages.