Dr Martin Tobin, an expert in pulmonology, said the last moments of George Floyd’s life can be seen in viewer video of the May 25, 2020 incident.
Reviewing the video in court before jurors, Tobin said, “At first you can see he’s conscious. You can see a slight flicker. And then it goes away.”
“So one second he’s alive and one second he’s not,” said the pulmonologist.
“You can see his eyes, he’s conscious, and then you see he’s not. That’s when life comes out of his body,” Tobin said.
Floyd, he said, struggled and tried to breathe as officers restrained him.
“You can see how he moves his hip to try to swing the right side of his body to try to breathe. You can see it pushing down the street again to bring in air. And there are movements of his hip. You can miss, but he’s got to use his entire internal spine just to try and get air into that right side of the body. Keep in mind that the left side is not functional because of the way they handled and pushed it on the street, so he is constantly, pulling up the right side of his body, you can just see him there to try to get air into his right side of his chest. He makes repeated movements of difficulty. He’s moving his hips again because he’s using his spine to try to grab them – those muscles to move air into the right side of his chest. And he tries to use his right arm again and he’s unable because of the chain, the little chain that connects him to the left side. He tries to get his right arm pushed down on the street to try to help him but he is unable to do so b because of the chain on the handcuffs, ”Tobin said.
The expert said the strain on Floyd continued even after he stopped breathing.
“No, the strain continued after that – he stopped his breathing efforts. When you breathe for the last time, the knee stays on the neck for another 3:27 after he takes his last breath. there is no pulse., knee remains on neck for another 2:44 after officers meet again, there is no pulse, knee remains on neck again 2:44 “, Tobin said.
Watch Dr. Tobin’s testimony: