Dr Benneth Omalu disagrees with Hennepin Medical Examiner over cause of death of George Floyd

By Ebimo Amungo

As protests erupt all over America over the killing of George Floyd, renowned Nigerian-born pathologist, Benneth Omalu, has expressed extreme disappointment with findings of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner on the George Floyd case, calling it “Professional buffoonery at its best.”

In a LinkedIn in post, the Dr. Omalu, who is renowned for his discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE] in football players, wrestlers and military veterans the underlying cause of death would be Mechanical Asphyxiation due to Compression of the Neck.


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Other contributory factors to death can be Coronary Atherosclerotic Disease or Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease or any other disease or intoxication he may be suffering from.”

Dr. Omalu had earlier aired his opinion on the killing of George Floyd in his personal blog.

By Dr Benneth Omalu | omalublog

A human being pressed his knee on the neck of another human being while he laid prone on an unyielding surface of the road for close to ten minutes, during which that human being complained that he could not breath before he died.



Let the truth be told, the human brain can suffer irreversible asphyxial injury and death from compression of the neck after 3-5 minutes or less, or more. Even if that individual had coronary artery disease, the mechanism of death would still be a Type 2 Myocardial Infarction instigated by the asphyxial brain injury caused by the compression of the neck. Therefore, in a case like the George Floyd case, the underlying cause of death would be Mechanical Asphyxiation due to Compression of the Neck.

Other contributory factors to death can be Coronary Atherosclerotic Disease or Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease or any other disease or intoxication he may be suffering from. The manner of death would be a Homicide. I do not understand the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s findings of “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” in the George Floyd case. Human beings frequently die from asphyxial injury of the brain without any physical injury to the neck following compression of the neck.

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