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Medical examiner lists Floyd’s death a homicide, says heart stopped while police restrained him and compressed his neck

A protester's sign bleeds in the rain during a protest over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)
A protester's sign bleeds in the rain during a protest over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP) (NO SALES MAGS OUT)

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis medical examiner has classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and compressed his neck.

The medical examiner’s report also lists heart disease and hypertension as “other significant conditions,” along with fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

A widely seen citizen video that shows Floyd struggling with a police officer holding his knee on his neck has sparked protests nationwide.

Floyd’s family said Monday that its independent autopsy found Floyd died by asphyxiation, and their attorney called for charges against the police officer to be upgraded to first-degree murder.