New George Floyd Body Cam Footage Further Sinks Officers
On the evening of May 25, 2020, George Floyd purchased a pack of cigarettes at the Cup Market in Minneapolis. A short time later, police responded to the store after reports of a man passing a fake $20 bill. The store owner called the police to report the incident after he says Floyd refused to give back the cigarettes.
Floyd was a regular at the convienece mart. He worked as a bouncer in Minneapolis until the COVID pandemic. Like millions of other Americans, Floyd was out of work and financially struggling. His family says that he’d been dealing with serious mental health issues since his mother passed away in 2018. On this night, the regular store employee, who knew George well, was off work. The new store employee followed protocol from the manager concerning counterfit money when he called the police.
Respond to Reports of a Fake $20 Bill
Minneapolis Police Department officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane responded to the call at 20:08. Floyd was sitting in a car with two people around the corner of the store when the officers arrived. Thomas Lane approached the vehicle with his gun drawn. He asked Mr. Floyd to show his hands. It is unapparent why Officer Lane approached the car with his gun drawn. Floyd complied with the officer’s requests at this time.
Lane then pulled Floyd out of the car with physical force. Floyd resisted being handcuffed but was compliant with officers’ demands once they placed the cuffs on him. He continued to ask the officer why he was being arrested. Officer Lane explained to George that he was being detained for passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
When officers tried to put Floyd in the back of the squad car, a struggle began. George can be seen struggling with officers but eventually became compliant. At 20:14, Floyd stiffened his body and fell to the ground. He told officers that he was claustrophobic.
Bystanders gathered and began recording the incident. They described Mr. Floyd as being ‘in distress.’ Officer Derek Chauvin then arrived on the scene. He threw Floyd to the ground where he laid without further incident. The officer then knelt on Floyd’s neck with his knee for seven minutes, 47-seconds. During this time, Floyd pleaded with officers, telling them that he could not breathe more than 20 times. Floyd cried for his mother and told the officer at one point “You’re going to kill me, man.” Officer Chauvin replied “Then stop talking, stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”
Mr. Floyd says: “Can’t believe this, man. Mom, love you. Love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”
Floyd continued pleading for his life until he passed away at 20:27. An officer checked for a pulse as Floyd lie motionless. There was no pulse. Chauvin then removed his knee from Mr. Floyd’s neck. An ambulance arrived and transpired Mr. Floyd to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead one hour later.
The death of George Floyd sparked national outrage and protests across the world from #BlackLivesMatters supporters outraged at the violence from police officers against African Americans. The protests also sparked outrage at the overall racism directed toward African Americans. The footage captured by the bystanders who witnessed the incident was immediately made available. Millions of people across the world watched as a man begged for his left but eventually lost the struggle. George’s cries for help are heartbreaking.
Daily Mail Leaks Bodycam Footage
On August 3, Daily Mail leaked bodycam footage of the incident worn by two of the now-former Minneapolis police officers. The London-based tabloid news outlet did not explain how they obtained the footage. Prosecutors for the case deny leaking the footage to the media outlet.
The New George Floyd Body Cam footage further proves Floyd was not a threat to the officers at the time of his death. Per police regulations, force should not be used during an arrest unless a suspect causes immediate danger to the lives of an officer or to that of another person.
In the video footage, Floyd is seen struggling with the officers in the back of a squad car. He appears panicked and can be heard saying “I can’t breathe.” “Officer, please. I can’t breathe.” Officer Thomas Lane then asks Officer Derek Chauvin if they should roll Floyd onto his side. Chauvin declined this request.
Bodycam Footage Filed With Court in July
Attorney’s for the two other officers charged in Floyd’s death, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, filed body-cam footage as evidence with the court on July 7. The attorney asked for charges against the former officers to be dismissed. The public transcripts were made available at this time, but no video footage.
Judge Peter Cahill is presiding over the cases against the officers. He allowed limited in-person viewing of the footage at the courthouse on July 15. He declined a request to allow news organizations to publish the body-cam footage. In late July, CNN and other media companies filed a motion for the immediate release of the body-cam footage.
Attorney Says Footage Proves Floyd Was Not a Threat to Officers
Ben Crump, attorney for the Floyd family, says this newly released footage further supports the fact that George did not pose a threat to the officers. Crump further went on to state that Floyd was approached by the officers with their guns drawn simply because he is African American. He stated he is happy the video is released so the public knows the truth about Mr. Floyd. On August 7, Judge Cahill ruled the public can view the officer’s bodycam footage.
None of the officers have entered pleas in the cases so far. The Kueng family says that he intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Three of the four officers have posted bond and await their court dates. Chauvin remains behind bars. Will the officers be convicted?
No Justice. No Peace.
Here’s the Tim Black update on the New George Floyd Body Cam Footage