Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner who performed the initial autopsy of George Floyd, took the stand on Friday in the trial of
Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner who performed the initial autopsy of George Floyd, took the stand on Friday in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Dr. Baker, who determined during his autopsy that Mr. Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest” and declared his death a homicide, was reappointed as chief medical examiner by the Hennepin County Board of commissioners in June for a fifth term, just a month after Mr. Floyd’s death.
The medical examiner’s office is responsible for examining all unexpected deaths in the counties of Hennepin, Scott and Drake, according to its website.
Dr. Baker graduated from University of Iowa medical school in 1992, and did his residency in pathology at the school’s hospital system. He became an active duty medical officer in the Air Force in 1998, where his work took him to Kosovo and the site of the U.S.S. Cole bombing.
He has said that his most memorable work experience was working on the autopsy of victims of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. He also did pro bono work for the Innocence Project.