George Floyd died from low oxygen levels after ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin severely restricted his breathing — causing brain damage and his heart to eventually stop, a world-renowned respiratory expert testified Thursday.
Dr. Martin Tobin delivered the damning testimony on the ninth day of Chauvin’s trial for the May 25, 2020, killing of Floyd, who was arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
“Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen and this caused damage to his brain that we see and it also caused a PEA [pulseless electrical activity] arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop,” Tobin said.
The combination of Floyd, 46, being held face-down on the street, handcuffed behind his back and Chauvin’s knees pressed against his neck and shoulder for 9 minutes and 29 seconds made it impossible for him to breathe, the Dublin-born doctor told jurors in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court.
“It was almost to the effect that a surgeon had gone