George Floyd's autopsy puts Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker in the hot seat
June 19, 2020
Nationwide, people expressed outrage when prosecutors released the preliminary findings of George Floyd's autopsy, highlighting cardiovascular disease and "potential intoxicants" in his system, as if those factors might explain his death as police officers pinned him to the ground.
The findings contained just one mention of physical trauma, noting that Floyd's body showed no signs of asphyxia or strangulation. The public and some medical professionals cried foul, putting Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County's medical examiner, squarely in the hot seat.
But neither Baker nor his office had released those findings. He was still performing Floyd's autopsy at the time. The preliminary findings were summarized by prosecutors in the initial charging documents against former officer Derek Chauvin, the veteran Minneapolis police officer who had pinned his knee onto Floyd's neck for nearly 8 minutes as Floyd begged for air and witnesses pleaded with officers to stop.