The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Heart disease, drugs didn’t kill Floyd

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GEORGE Floyd had heart disease and had consumed drugs but they were not the “direct causes” of his death, the doctor who conducted the autopsy said at the trial of former cop Derek Chauvin.

Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner for Minnesota’s Hennepin County, told the jury that Floyd’s cause of death was “restraint and neck compressio­n” while being subdued by police. Chauvin is facing murder and manslaught­er charges for his role in Floyd’s May 25, 2020 death, which occurred during his arrest for allegedly passing a fake $20 bill.

The 45-year-old Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as the handcuffed 46-year-old black man said he “can’t breathe”.

ASH and hot gravel rained down on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, after powerful eruptions from a volcano that had been dormant for decades sent thousands of panicked locals fleeing to safety.

The initial blast from La Soufriere, the highest peak in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, sent plumes of hot ash and smoke 6000m into the air. A second, smaller eruption took place on Friday afternoon, belching out a 4000m ash cloud, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said.

“Evacuation of people in the red and orange zones to safe areas continues in earnest. Heavy ash fall has halted the process somewhat since visibility is extremely poor,” the National Emergency Management Organisati­on said on Twitter.

Video posted on the website news 784.com showed people walking along a street toting duffel bags and suitcases, the air a choking cloud of grey ash.

In another video, a man picked up bits of “very hot” rocks that the volcano was spitting onto balconies and roofs. “Stone falling on people house, like rain,” he said.

La Soufriere — French for “sulphur mine” — had not erupted since 1979 and its largest blow-up happened over a century ago, killing more than 1000 people in 1902.

It had been rumbling for months before it finally blew. It is now likely to keep erupting for days or weeks, scientists at the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago, tweeted. “Once there is one explosive eruption it is likely others can occur,” the university’s seismologi­cal research centre said.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves started issuing evacuation orders for residents in so-called red zones, home to some 16,000 people on the biggest island in the archipelag­o.

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Lava flows out of La Soufriere volcano.

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