Last month, the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled 43-year-old Garner’s death was caused by compression to the neck and chest. Asthma, heart disease and obesity contributed to the death as well, the medical examiner said.READ MORE: Residents, Elected Officials Fume After George Floyd Statues Vandalized In Brooklyn And Newark
The family’s expert, Forensic Pathologist Michael Baden, agrees, but said the critical element was pressure to the neck.
“Compression of the neck that prevents breathing, for example, trumps everything else,” Baden said.
Baden is also the forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown, the Missouri teen who was shot by police.