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The independent autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd, the African American man who died exactly a week ago while being arrested by white Minneapolis cops, confirms that he lost his life from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."

According to the forensic exam, "neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain" was found to be the cause of death, Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, who specializes in civil rights cases, said at a press conference on Monday.

The autopsy was conducted by forensic pathologists Drs. Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson, and they said in their report that "weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd's diaphragm to function."