Medical Experts: Floyd’s Speech Didn’t Mean He Could Breathe

While it would be right to believe a person who can’t talk also cannot breathe, the reverse is not true.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes “a lot of oxygen” to talk, while another told angry bystanders that Floyd was “talking, so he can breathe.” That reaction — seen in police restraint deaths around the country — is dangerously wrong, medical…

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