Multiple employees at the hospital where George Floyd was pronounced dead inappropriately accessed his medical records, according to the family’s lawyer.
Attorney Antonio Romanucci told KARE 11 the Minneapolis hospital, Hennepin Healthcare, sent a letter to the family alerting them of the data breaches, which occurred over the last 30 days.
Romanucci said the family is considering suing the hospital, fearing the breaches could have played into an attempt to assassinate Floyd’s character after he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
“They feel it’s a continued assassination of George Floyd, his character,” Romanucci said. “It’s a non-stop issue. And they were very upset, very disturbed, disappointed that even in death, that George Floyd’s character is being maligned by people that didn’t have any business looking at his private medical record.”
The letter stated that the employees who were caught “no longer work at the organization,” according to Romanucci. But it was otherwise light on details, with no information on how many employees peeked at Floyd’s records or what information they accessed, the attorney said.
Hennepin Healthcare declined to comment on the breach when asked by the Associated Press, but stated that it follows federal regulations requiring hospitals to alert patients of confirmed data breaches.
“Any breach of patient confidentiality is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. If it is determined that a violation has occurred, disciplinary action up to and including termination can be used,” Hennepin Healthcare said in a statement.
Floyd was killed on May 25, when former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as he lied on the ground in handcuffs and shouted that he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin and the three other officers involved have been charged in his death, though Chauvin could receive substantial pension benefits even if he’s convicted.
With Post wires