Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa, California, officer, stoutly defended Chauvin's actions, even as a prosecutor pounded away at the witness, banging the lectern at one point during cross-examination and growing incredulous over Brodd's use of the "resting comfortably" phrase.
Fowler also put forth a novel argument that carbon monoxide from the squad car's exhaust may have contributed to his death. That contradicted prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen from the way he was pinned down.
A medical examiner's report that Fowler signed said that Black's death was an accident caused by his heart issues.
The former officer is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was confronted by police on May 25, 2020, after he was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes at nearby Cup Foods. She also testified that she felt "totally distressed" and "helpless" that they would not let her render medical aid to Floyd.
In all, he said Floyd's death should have been classified as "undetermined", rather than a homicide, because there were so many competing causes.More news: Taliban Shun Afghanistan Talks Until Foreign Forces Go
Prosecution witnesses testified that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen caused by being pressed into the asphalt ground with his hands cuffed behind his back, and Chauvin's kneeling on him for more than nine minutes. The video of Floyd gasping that he couldn't breathe as bystanders yelled at Chauvin to get off him triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious examination of racism and policing in the U.S.
A retired forensic pathologist says George Floyd died from complications relating to his heart disease while being restrained by police officers.
Floyd had narrowed coronary arteries, known as atherosclerosis, and an enlarged heart due to his high blood pressure, or hypertension, Fowler said.
In cross-examination, Dr Fowler conceded to Jerry Blackwell, a prosecutor, that he did not know for certain whether the police vehicle was still running during the arrest.
In December, Dr Fowler was sued in federal court by the family of Anton Black, who was 19 when he died in 2018 in police custody. Blackwell further accused Fowler of jumping to conclusions and suggesting to the jury that Floyd had a white pill in his mouth in the video of his arrest. Fowler ruled Black's death an accident but Black's family said Fowler and other Maryland officials "covered up and obscured police responsibility" for Black's death. "Is that true?" Blackwell asked.More news: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministers to hold talks as U.S. announces Afghan withdrawal
"Are you critical of the fact that he wasn't given immediate emergency care when he went into cardiac arrest?"
"As a physician, I would agree", Dr Fowler replied. He said Chauvin's kneeling on Floyd was not a significant factor in his death and that Chauvin's knee wasn't near Floyd's airway.
"Immediate medical attention ... may well reverse that process, yes", Fowler answered.
Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter.
Nelson said that he and Chauvin have had numerous conversations on whether or not he should take the witness stand, including a lengthy conversation Wednesday night.More news: COVID cases surge in Ontario as province logs record high of 4,456