George Floyd, the African-American man whose death has sparked civil unrest, died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen), a private post-mortem examination found.
He died due to compression on his neck and back by Minneapolis police officers, medical examiners hired by the Floyd family said.
The findings differ from an official preliminary autopsy carried out by the county medical examiner.
It did not find evidence of “traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”.
“The cause of death, in my opinion, is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck – which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain – and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing,” said Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who was one of two doctors hired by Mr Floyd’s family.
A video showing a white police officer continuing to kneel on George Floyd’s neck even after he pleaded he could not breathe sparked outrage when it emerged a week ago.
It has led to six consecutive days of protest across the United States and a level of civil unrest not seen in decades.
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