As Chauvin firmly pressed into the neck of Floyd, two other officers applied pressure with their knees to Floyd’s back.
An independent autopsy, done by two doctors hired by Floyd’s family, found that he died by “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain”. Therefore, the autopsy stated that the pressure applied by the two other officers contributed to the death of Floyd.
A fourth officer watched on.
The three officers, Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, have been charged with aiding and abetting murder, according to criminal complaints filed by the state of Minnesota.
Aiding and abetting second-degree murder is punishable by up to 40 years behind bars, according to Minnesota state law.
Minnesota has also opened a civil rights investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a…