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Lack of oxygen from police restraint killed Floyd, doctor testifies at Chauvin murder trial

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Lack of oxygen caused FLoyd death

A critical care doctor 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.

"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen," Dr. Martin Tobin, who treats patients in a Chicago hospital's intensive care unit, told the jury, confirming the county medical examiner's finding that Floyd's death was a homicide at the hands of police.

Using anatomical diagrams and excerpts from videos of the arrest, Tobin said the medical evidence contradicted Chauvin's assertion that Floyd may have died from a drug overdose, and that any "healthy person" would have died in a similar restraint, which Tobin compared to a vice.

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