Key Moments on Day 11 of the Derek Chauvin Trial

He said he believed Mr. Floyd would have lived, had he been given treatment during several instances shown on the video. He said he noticed that an officer had said at some point during the arrest that he believed Mr. Floyd was passing out. “That would have been an opportunity to quickly relieve him from that position of not getting enough oxygen,” Dr. Rich said. He also noted that one officer had suggested that Mr. Floyd be turned on his side but was told to “leave him.” When officers learned that Mr. Floyd had no pulse, their immediate response should have been to administer chest compressions, he said. “I believe that Mr. George Floyd’s death was absolutely preventable,” Dr. Rich said. He said Mr. Floyd’s medical records did not show previous complaints or evidence of abnormal rhythms and palpitations and added that Mr. Floyd had an “exceptionally strong heart.” Asked whether he saw signs that Mr. Floyd had a heart attack, Dr. Rich said, “None, whatsoever.” On cross-examination, Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, asked Dr. Rich whether a combination of factors, including previous drug use, narrowing arteries, high blood pressure and the struggle with the officers, could have resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death even without being restrained in the prone position. “I found no evidence to support that,” Dr. Rich answered. Mr. Nelson also asked Dr. Rich whether Mr. Floyd would have survived had he simply got into the back seat of the squad car. Had he not been restrained in the way that he was, Dr. Rich replied, “I think he would have survived that day.”

Key Moments on Day 11 of the Derek Chauvin Trial
He said he believed Mr. Floyd would have lived, had he been given treatment during several instances shown on the video. He said he noticed that an officer had said at some point during the arrest that he believed Mr. Floyd was passing out. “That would have been an opportunity to quickly relieve him from that position of not getting enough oxygen,” Dr. Rich said. He also noted that one officer had suggested that Mr. Floyd be turned on his side but was told to “leave him.” When officers learned that Mr. Floyd had no pulse, their immediate response should have been to administer chest compressions, he said. “I believe that Mr. George Floyd’s death was absolutely preventable,” Dr. Rich said. He said Mr. Floyd’s medical records did not show previous complaints or evidence of abnormal rhythms and palpitations and added that Mr. Floyd had an “exceptionally strong heart.” Asked whether he saw signs that Mr. Floyd had a heart attack, Dr. Rich said, “None, whatsoever.” On cross-examination, Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, asked Dr. Rich whether a combination of factors, including previous drug use, narrowing arteries, high blood pressure and the struggle with the officers, could have resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death even without being restrained in the prone position. “I found no evidence to support that,” Dr. Rich answered. Mr. Nelson also asked Dr. Rich whether Mr. Floyd would have survived had he simply got into the back seat of the squad car. Had he not been restrained in the way that he was, Dr. Rich replied, “I think he would have survived that day.”