Did Baden Autopsy Find Clinical Evidence Floyd Killed by Asphyxia? No

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Here’s a quick “are you being lied to AGAIN by the media over a Benjamin Crump claim of racist murder” test.

True or False: Dr. Michael Baden’s autopsy of George Floyd found clinical evidence of traumatic asphyxia.

A: False.

You may be aware that the medical examiner in the Floyd ​case had found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation​.”  

This medical finding is obviously unhelpful to Attorney Crump, who stands to lose many millions of dollars in a §1983 civil suit against the Minneapolis police department if it turns out Floyd was actually killed by his existing heart disease and drug levels while resisting lawful arrest. 

So Crump enlisted a retired pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, a man Crump has previously hired in other similar cases, including that of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  Dr. Baden conducted his own autopsy of Floyd’s body.

His findings?  If you read the headlines, those findings are presented as this:  “Independent autopsy finds George Floyd died of asphyxia​.”

You might reasonably conclude, then, that Dr. Baden’s autopsy found clinical evidence of asphyxia upon examination of Floyd’s body. 

Do you believe that’s true? If so, Attorney Crump has fooled you again.

In fact, Dr. Baden’s finding was exactly the opposite–Dr. Baden literally found no clinical evidence of traumatic asphyxia. 

How do we know? Because Dr. Baden told us himself in his press conference today, video of the relevant portion provided below.

So how did Dr. Baden arrive at his conclusion of asphyxia? Not from any clinical medical findings. Rather, from simply watching the same 10 minute video of Floyd that all of us have seen.  Presumably with his bionic eye that enables him to quantify pressure from observing an image. 

What Dr. Baden does is the opposite of concluding that asphyxia caused Floyd to stop breathing. Instead, Dr. Baden does it backwards, and infers from the fact that Floyd stopped breathing that he was subject to asphyxia (mechanical interference with the ability to breath).  

You know what else causes someone to stop breathing, other than asphyxia?  Cardiac arrest–for which Floyd was obviously at extremely high risk given his existing cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, and decision to forcibly resist lawful arrest.

If you want the proof that Baden did not find clinical evidence of asphyxia, but rather is simply relying on the video, just click over to the blog post on this topic, and hear it from Dr. Baden himself, by clicking the video below:

As I always caution, any information provided for or paid for by Crump or his associates must be assumed to be 100% false propaganda until proven otherwise.


Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC

12 thoughts on “Did Baden Autopsy Find Clinical Evidence Floyd Killed by Asphyxia? No”

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  2. Did you see that the final report has been released? The medical examiner ruled Floyd’s death a homicide due to “a cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by law enforcement restraint, subdual, and neck compression.” Not sure what subdual means, could it be a typo?
    Still isn’t finding asphyxiation though.

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  4. In Minnesota, every lesser degree of murder is an included offense. State v. Leinweber, 303 Minn. 414, 228 N.W.2d 120, 125 (1975); see also Minn. Stat. § 609.04 (2016). Minnesota’s third-degree murder statute states: “Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous *698 to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree….” Minn. Stat. § 609.195(a) (2016). We have made clear that the statute covers only acts “committed without special regard to their effect on any particular person or persons; the act must be committed without a special design upon the particular person or persons with whose murder the accused is charged.” State v. Wahlberg, 296 N.W.2d 408, 417 (Minn. 1980). Third-degree murder “cannot occur where the defendant’s actions were focused on a specific person.” State v. Barnes, 713 N.W.2d 325, 331 (Minn. 2006).

    State v. Zumberge (Minn. 2017) 888 N.W.2d 688, 697–698

  5. Andrew – is the independent autopsy available online or can you provide a copy here..? So many false claims saying the independent autopsy concludes “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

    1. I am also hearing that the toxicology report came back clean. That is not what the 911 call and Mr Floyds behavior support. Have you seen any reports that confirm intoxication..?

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