Cause v. Contributing Factor

There was some discussion that asphyxiation might not have been the cause of death for George Floyd. The problem here is the use of “cause” instead of “contributing factor.” Was the knee on George’s neck for 9 minutes “the” cause, single linear causality? Even if it was not, any reasonable person could conclude that he would not have met his untimely end when he did, but for the major contributing factor of the officer’ knee on his neck.

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