MINNEAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland’s former chief medical expert was referred to as to the stand for the protection within the Derek Chauvin homicide trial on Wednesday.
Dr. David Fowler testified Wednesday in Minneapolis on behalf of the protection.
He advised the jury that George Floyd died from sudden cardiac arrhythmia throughout his arrest.
He additionally testified that he believes the quantity of power utilized by Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck was not the reason for his dying.
“By way of the location of officer Chauvin’s knee to Mr. Floyd, is it your opinion that Mr. Chauvin’s knee in any means impacted the buildings of Mr. Floyd’s neck?” Protection Legal professional Eric Nelson requested.
“No. It didn’t,” Dr. Fowler responded. “Not one of the important buildings have been within the space the place the knee seemed to be within the movies.”
Fowler was Maryland’s chief medical expert up till 2019 and he’s now named in a lawsuit introduced by the household of Anton Black, a 19-year-old Black teenager who died after being chased and restrained by cops on the Jap Shore in 2018.
Fowler dominated that his dying was the results of a coronary heart situation and that psychological sickness was a contributing issue.
This lawsuit claims, although, that Dr. Fowler was complicit in making a false narrative.
The ACLU of Maryland mentioned, partly:
“The medical expert’s workplace dominated that Anton Black’s dying was not a murder regardless that video confirmed police chase him, tase him, and pin him face right down to the bottom after he was handcuffed and at which level he stopped respiration.”
Ken Ravenell is likely one of the legal professional’s representing Black’s household.
“The household says they relive his dying day by day,” Ravenell mentioned.
In a press release to WJZ, they mentioned:
“Initially our household was shocked to be taught that Dr. Fowler was testifying in Chauvin’s protection, however there’s an eerie and terrfying similarity between the police killings of Anton and George Floyd.”
The Maryland legal professional normal is representing the medical expert’s workplace and Dr. Fowler. WJZ reached out to them, they mentioned they don’t touch upon pending litigation.