George Floyd — Defense Releases Transcripts of Last Moments

  • At one point Floyd said he couldn’t breathe, adding “you’re going to kill me man.”
  • Chauvin then replies, “then stop talking, stop yelling.”
  • The transcripts from a body camera were made public on Wednesday.

New transcripts have given a detailed account of George Floyd’s arrest and last moments. Transcripts on footage recorded from body cameras fitted on officers Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng revealed that Floyd said “I can’t breathe” 20 times. His pleas were dismissed by Derek Chauvin who said, “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

At one point Floyd said he couldn’t breathe, adding “you’re going to kill me man.” Chauvin then replies, “then stop talking, stop yelling.” Before dying he said, “Momma I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”

The transcripts from a body camera were made public on Wednesday. It is an effort by the defense to have the charges against Lane thrown out. He was a new recruit who had been on the job for a few days before the incident occurred. Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter.

Lane was released last month on a $750,000 bond with conditions. The other two former officers facing the same charges, Alexander Kueng and Tuo Thao, were also released after posting a $750,000 bail. Derek Chauvin, who faces second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter, remains in custody.

Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white police officer, Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty six seconds. Floyd was buried last month in Houston, amid calls for racial justice from speakers. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”

The death of Floyd has sparked outrage from all quarters, and ignited anger over police killings of black Americans. Widespread anti-racism protests were witnessed in all US states and around the world. The protests were violent in the beginning, but later on turned peaceful.

A number of police officers have used a lot of force during the widespread protests against the murder of Floyd. Some of these officers have been fired, while others have been charged. The demonstrators were calling for justice for Floyd, as well as police reforms where they advocated for disbandment and dismantling of the police force.

Minneapolis is the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the principal city of the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Minneapolis and its neighbor Saint Paul make up the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being the larger of the two.

The Minneapolis City Council has begun the process of replacing the police force. The proposed charter aims at replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. The Minneapolis City Council has rallied for the dismantling of the police department since anti-racism protests broke out in the country following the death of George Floyd.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has pledged to reform his police departmenta month after the death of Floyd. The police chief and Mayor Jacob Frey said that they have begun pushing for policy changes and new rules, particularly regarding police investigations.

One such rule is aimed at preventing officers involved in the use of force from reviewing body camera footage before the initial police report is completed. “The policies also restrict consultation with certain representatives immediately following a critical incident and clarify time requirements for reporting.” the police chief said. As Mayor Frey added:

“Requiring officers who may become suspects to complete a police report before reviewing body cam footage will help ensure that investigators, attorneys, and jurors receive a transparent account of how an officer remembers the incident – one that hasn’t been influenced by other evidence.”

Mayor Frey is opposed to the call to abolish the police force.

Last month, the US House of Representatives passed far-reaching legislation on police reforms, a month after Floyd’s death. The legislation is aimed at lifting legal obstacles that protect police officers from lawsuits, banning no-knock raids used by police, and halting the flow of military surplus equipment to police departments. It is named after Floyd.

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Juliet Norah

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