Doctor Testifies George Floyd Died From Lack of Oxygen

Headline Roundup April 8th, 2021

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist called as a prosecution witness in Derek Chauvin's murder trial, testified on Thursday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen caused by being handcuffed face down in the street with the former Minneapolis police officer's knee on his neck. Chauvin's defense team has maintained that Floyd was addicted to narcotics and that he ingested fentanyl, a substance the team said contributed to his death.

Tobin testified as Chauvin's trial enters a new technical phase, with prosecutors expected to call a string of medical experts to testify about how Floyd died in police custody. Chauvin is facing murder and manslaughter charges.

Doctor Testifies George Floyd Died From Lack of Oxygen

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criminal justice, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Trial

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary specialist who works in critical care, testified Thursday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen, bolstering the prosecution's argument that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin caused Floyd's death last May.

Tobin is appearing as an expert witness for the prosecution. He said the state asked him to review documents and videos depicting the circumstances of Floyd's death. Tobin watched some of those videos hundreds of times, he said.

"Have you formed an opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty on the...

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From the Right
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A pulmonologist who reviewed George Floyd's medical records said Thursday he died "from a low level of oxygen."

Dr. Martin Tobin, a physician specializing in critical care of the lungs, posited that Floyd's prone position in the street and pressure on his neck and back led to a pulseless electrical activity arrhythmia "that caused his heart to stop." Floyd died May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis police custody, and his death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen," he said.

"The cause of...

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From the Left
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Testimony in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued Thursday with a breathing expert saying that George Floyd died due to a “low level of oxygen” that caused brain damage, rebuking the defense’s argument that drugs contributed to Floyd’s death. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist and national breathing expert from Hines, Ill., offered testimony as an unpaid witness that Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s neck for the “vast majority of the time” and that the pain from the pressure applied by the officer to Floyd was comparable to...

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