Transcripts of the footage were released earlier this summer and the video was made available to media and the public on July 15 for viewing by appointment only.
A coalition of news organizations has asked the court to allow the copying and publication of the body camera footage to provide a more complete picture of what happened when Floyd was taken into custody.
A Hennepin County judge ruled Monday night that it should be made available to news outlets for publication.
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The video is the most complete public view to date of Floyd’s interaction with the officers who were subsequently charged with his death. He also grabs an apparent lack of urgency to help Floyd for long minutes after he has stopped moving.
The tapes of officers Thomas Lane and J. Kueng are part of the criminal case against them and two other officers in Floyd’s death on May 25. Derek Chauvin, who held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, is charged with second degree murder. Lane, Kueng and another officer, Tou Thao, are accused of complicity.
All four officers were fired the day after Floyd died.
The footage shows the officers’ take on an already widely seen death on video of a spectator on a cell phone, which sparked tumultuous protests in Minneapolis that quickly spread around the world and triggered a national judgment on race and police.
Floyd distraught from the start
Floyd seems distraught from the moment officers ask him to get out of his vehicle near a grocery store in the south corner of Minneapolis, where he was suspected of having passed a fake $ 20 bill. It only takes 13 seconds from the moment Lane slaps on the window of Floyd’s car and asks him to show his hands as Lane draws his gun, which leads Floyd to say he had already been shot.
Floyd’s hands are soon cuffed behind his back, and he grows more anxious, telling the officers he’s claustrophobic and begging them not to put him in the back of a patrol car.
Pulled by his elbow, Floyd said, “Ow. The other officer asks if he’s on something. The first officer said, “Because you are acting really erratically … You have foam around your mouth.” Floyd said, “I’m scared, man. ”
Officers struggle for several minutes, trying to get Floyd into their police SUV.
‘I can not breathe’
As they tell him to “take a seat,” he says over and over again that “he’s not that kind of guy” and insists he get in the SUV. The cops tell him no. “I’m going to die, man. Floyd says, “I just got COVID. I don’t want to come back to that. ”
Floyd repeats he’s claustrophobic and anxious and says he’s scared. A spectator shouts “You can’t win” and repeatedly encourages him to just get in the car. Floyd says, “I’m not trying to win. He stiffens and repeats that he’s claustrophobic. He asks if he can sit in the front. The officer says he will lower the windows in the back.
Floyd is then pushed into the back seat and squirms, saying, “I can’t breathe… I had COVID, man… I can’t breathe. A fight erupts from the other side of the car, as officers attempt to push him inside.
Floyd finally got out of the SUV and put on the sidewalk with the officers holding him down.
Chauvin and Kueng each grab one of Floyd’s cuffed hands to hold them in position behind his back, Kueng’s knee appearing to press on or just below Floyd’s butt. Lane is at Floyd’s feet.
“Mum, mum, mum, mum, mum,” Floyd said, calling his mother. ” I love you mom. ”
He says, “I can’t breathe” more than a dozen times when he’s on the ground. An officer says, “Relax”. Another officer said, “You are fine, you speak well. ”
The officers appear clinical over the minutes. “I think he’s passed out,” said an officer. “Are you okay guys?” Someone asks. “Yeah – good so far,” said one of them. Another – apparently Lane – said, “My knee might be a bit scratched, but I’ll survive.” Kueng reaches out a free hand to remove a pebble from the tire tread of the police SUV and toss it onto the street.
Lane didn’t seem particularly worried the first time he asked Chauvin if they should roll Floyd to his side and suggested that Floyd might be delusional. People in the crowd can be heard expressing their fear for Floyd’s condition, asking if he has a pulse and is breathing.
A few minutes later, Lane looks a little more worried when he asks again to roll Floyd onto his side. Officers fall silent but show no apparent urgency as Kueng checks the pulse and says he can’t find one.
‘You just killed this man’
Lane’s camera shows him following a callous Floyd on a stretcher in an ambulance. A spectator says, “You just killed this man. ”
Floyd is in the ambulance for over a minute before one of the paramedics asks Lane to start CPR. The video shows Lane performing constant hand chest compressions with no noticeable results.
The ambulance parks a few blocks from the store for several minutes while Lane and the paramedics work on Floyd, rather than going straight to the hospital, even though they all know Floyd is in complete cardiac arrest, as indicated by the audio from the dispatcher.
Christine Hill, a spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center, the hospital that provided the ambulance, said she could not speak specifically about Floyd’s treatment due to medical confidentiality restrictions. But she said it’s not unusual for paramedics to load a patient into an ambulance and move to a safer location as they provide life-saving care.
Lawyers for Lane and Kueng also appealed for the police body camera video to be released to show the “full picture” of what happened. Earl Gray, who represents Lane, said the viewer video only shows the last bit of what happened and “isn’t fair.”