The independent medical examiner hired by members of George Floyd's family revealed key autopsy evidence that paints a much different picture than the one painted by the Hennipen County Medical Examiner's office.   Dr. Michael Baden, the well-known forensic specialist who formerly worked in the Capital Region as a professor at Albany Medical College and autopsied bodies at Albany Medical Center, is at the center of new information released on Monday.

According to the New York Times, Dr. Baden provided key details into the death of George Floyd that could alter the fate of Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer charged with murder.  His findings may also provide key testimony regarding the three other police officers on the scene.  A total of four officers have been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department, but only Chauvin has been charged with murder.   

Dr. Baden's independent autopsy, according to the report, concluded that two other officers at the scene contributed to George Floyd's death in a manner that conflicted with the original autopsy performed by the County Medical Examiner's office.

According to the New York Times, Baden's finding could mean a murder first-degree charge for Chauvin, not third-degree as originally thought.   In addition, two other police officers who are believed to have had their knee on Floyd's neck may also face more serious charges as a result of Baden's autopsy.

Dr. Baden was made TV famous by HBO's Forensic Files.  Over the years, he has provided autopsy expertise in high profile investigations for the likes of OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant, John Belushi and Yankee Manager Billy Martin.

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