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Minnesota files complaint against police in Floyd's death

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Deanna Wagner | 03 June, 2020, 00:22

An officer has been shot in Las Vegas and authorities are responding to another shooting as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.

The state of Minnesota launched a civil-rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday - a first-of-its-kind probe into what Gov. Tim Walz called the agency's "systemic discriminatory practices".

The examiner's previous report in the criminal complaint against Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder for Floyd's death, had stated that the autopsy "revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation". Floyd died in police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes as Floyd struggled to breathe and begged for his life. Three other officers, who were also present at the scene and fired from the jobs along with Chauvin, have not been charged as of yet. "I know it because we saw the casual nature of the erasing of George Floyd's life and humanity".

An autopsy report by a medical examiner commissioned by George Floyd's family declared Floyd's death as mechanical asphyxiation.

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The report said three officers contributed to his death. The autopsy, conducted by the same forensic pathologist who also examined Eric Garner's body, found compression cut off blood to Floyd's brain and that the pressure of other officers' knees on Floyd's back made it impossible for him to breathe, Crump said.

"Manner of death: Homicide", the medical examiner wrote. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in attendance at Floyd's funeral, Crump said.

One things is clear, the protesters are not satisfied with the degree of this charge as states across the country struggle to contain mass action that has often led to clashes with law enforcement officials.