George Floyd: Officer Told Dying Man To Stop Shouting

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George Floyd repeatedly told police who detained him that he could not breathe


The American police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd told him to stop talking while he gasped repeatedly under the man’s knee, according to court documents.

The unarmed black man shouted for his late mother and children when he said that the Minneapolis police would kill him, transcripts from a broadcast of body cameras.

They were disclosed to the court by lawyers for one of the four officers involved.

The documents provide the clearest picture to date of Mr. Floyd’s final moments. His death in May sparked a worldwide uproar.

The four officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s arrest were dismissed and arrested. Derek Chauvin, who kneels on his neck, faces several charges, including second degree murder, while the other three – Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – are charged with being an accomplice to murder.

The transcripts have been made public, with counsel for Mr. Lane requesting that the case be dismissed against him.

What do the transcripts show?

Transcripts of images recorded by body cameras mounted on Mr. Lane and Mr. Kueng show that Mr. Floyd has stated more than 20 times that he could not breathe because he was being held by officers on a street in Minneapolis.

They confronted him in front of a convenience store where he was suspected of having used a counterfeit $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes.

At one point, Mr. Floyd cuffed gasps as he lies on the road next to the police car he can’t breathe, adding, “You’re going to kill me, man. “

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Mr. Chauvin, who is shown in images of spectators appearing to kneel on Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes, responds, “So stop talking, stop shouting.

“It takes a lot of oxygen to speak. ”

Transcripts show that Mr. Floyd appears cooperative at the start of the arrest, repeatedly apologizing to the police after they approached his parked car.

At one point, he said to the police who asked to see his hands: “Dude, I had, I was shot the same way, Mr. Officer, before. We don’t know what he is referring to.

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Mr. Lane says, “Why has he become all squirrel and doesn’t show us his hands and is he just as weird as that?” ”

Mr. Floyd becomes agitated as the police try to get him into the back of their car, repeatedly arguing that he is claustrophobic.

Mr. Lane asked if he was “on something”. Mr. Floyd says, “I’m scared, man. ”

Once Mr. Floyd is caught on the ground, he shouts a dozen times: “Mom”.

He says, “I can’t believe this, man. I love you mom. I love you.

“Tell my children to love them. I am dead. ”

While he continues to plead, he can no longer breathe, at one point, Mr. Lane asks Mr. Chauvin: “Should we roll it on the side?” ”

The officer replied, “No, it stays where we have it.” ”

Mr. Chauvin’s lawyers have not commented on the documents since their publication.


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