George Floyd: New bodycam video shows panicked witnesses begging officers to check his pulse


The body camera video of former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao was released by the Hennepin County Court on Thursday. Thao was seen in earlier videos of the incident as three other officers restrained Floyd after he was accused of attempting to smuggle a fake $ 20 bill into a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25.

The footage is just the latest to show the fatal encounter, which, along with Floyd’s death, sparked widespread protests and a nationwide retrial on race and police. Earlier this week, two more videos from the police body cameras worn by Constables Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were released showing the struggle between Floyd and the officers.

Throughout the new 22-minute video, spectators are seen and heard begging the police to get off Floyd as Constable Derek Chauvin kneels on his neck. But Thao dismisses their concerns, telling them Floyd is okay.

Chauvin, a white officer, knelt at Floyd’s neck for almost 8 minutes, even as Floyd repeatedly shouted, “I can’t breathe.” Chauvin was charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

The other three officers involved in Floyd’s death – Thao, Lane and Kueng – have been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter.None of the officers argued in favor of the case, although lawyers for Thao and Lane have requested that their cases be dismissed, and Kueng intends to plead not guilty, according to his attorney.

Lawyers for Chauvin and Kueng declined to comment when asked about the new footage. CNN has also contacted attorneys for Thao and Lane for comment and is awaiting responses.

What the video shows

The sequence begins as Thao and Chauvin approach the scene, where Kueng and Lane attempt to put a handcuffed Floyd in the back of a patrol car.

Thao watches the other three officers struggle with Floyd, who is visibly upset. Chauvin seems to have his arm around Floyd’s neck. At this point, Floyd can be heard screaming that he can’t breathe several times.

Seconds later, officers laid Floyd on the ground next to the patrol car and immobilized him in the same position he was in when a 17-year-old bystander began filming Floyd’s final moments. It is known from other videos that Chauvin is kneeling on Floyd’s neck, although this is not explicitly seen in the video captured by Thao’s body camera.

Onlookers gather on the sidewalk, watching the incident unfold. Some film the arrest on their phones, while others confront the officers and express their concern for Floyd, who yells at his late mother and soon says his last words: “I can’t breathe.”

“That’s why you don’t do drugs, kids,” Thao says.

“He’s talking, so he’s fine,” Thao told the crowd, later adding, “It’s hard to talk when you’re not breathing. ”

One onlooker, a black man named Donald Williams, insists Floyd is not doing well. “Bro, he’s not even a fucking king moving right now, my brother. ”

A woman walks up, says she’s a firefighter, and asks Thao if Floyd has a pulse. Thao shouts at him to “back off” and get on the sidewalk.

Onlookers become more and more upset after Floyd stops talking and moving, begging officers to check the pulse. More and more people are starting to gather on the sidewalk, until about ten people watch the arrest.

” What are you doing? A woman said. “He is dying.

The back and forth between Thao and the crowd continues – sometimes becoming physical as Thao pushes passers-by to the sidewalk – until about 13 minutes of filming. At this point, Chauvin appears off camera. Floyd has already been loaded into an ambulance.

“You just really killed this man, my brother,” Williams told Chauvin.

Floyd was taken to hospital, where he was quickly pronounced dead.

CNN’s Brad Parks and Eliott McLaughlin contributed to this report.


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