THE first full-length body cam footage has emerged showing the harrowing moments before George Floyd’s brutal arrest.
The video posted on The PoliceActivity channel on YouTube is 30 minutes long and the first complete account of his May 25 death in Minnesota.
The body cam footage showed the 17 minutes leading up to Floyd’s death[/caption]
He was held by cops after requesting to. layon the ground [/caption]
Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes [/caption]
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill released the body camera footage worn by ex-officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng this week.
The video begins and ends outside the Minneapolis store Cup Foods, where Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was accused of using a forged $20 bill.
In it, a worker at the store can be seen pointing at his SUV after Floyd allegedly used the fake money.
Rookie police officer Lane – one of four cops later charged – can be seen walking across the street and tapping on his window.
“Let me see your hands,” Lane said. “Stay in the car. Let me see your other hand. Get your f**king hands up right now.”
Chauvin was charged with second-degree and third-degree murder[/caption]
Chauvin’s former colleagues, Lane, Kueng and Thau, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder [/caption]
“What did we do?” Floyd asked.
“Put your hand up there,” Lane yelled and pulled out his handgun.
“Put your f**king hand up there! Keep you f–king hands on the wheel. f**king hands on the wheel!”
“Please don’t shoot me. Please man,” Floyd begged “Please. I’m going to get out now. Please don’t shoot me.”
Floyd is then handcuffed and questioned as he complains about the situation.
Bystanders demanded that Chauvin release Floyd, who wasn’t responsive [/caption]
Floyd was 46 at the time of his police custody death[/caption]
He then begins to writhe and scuffle at this point in the video.
Cops take him to a police car outside the store and he keeps saying he is claustrophobic.
As they struggle to get him into the vehicle, Floyd asks to lay on the ground.
Derek Chauvin and Tou Thau also arrived on the scene.
Floyd died on May 25[/caption]
Chauvin was charged with murder after Floyd’s death[/caption]
Soon, Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” and calling out for his mother.
Around six minutes and 30 seconds in, Floyd had stopped moving with Chauvin’s knee on his neck.
“He’s not responsive right now, bro,” one man told the ex-officer. “Yo, check his pulse. The man has not moved.”
At this point in the footage, Lane goes back to Cup Foods to interview the workers.
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The Cup Food employees said “the big guy” gave them a counterfeit bill.
Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree and third-degree murder after the incident, which sparked widespread Black Lives Matter protests, murals, riots, and looting in major cities in the USA and beyond.
Lane, Kueng and Thau are now awaiting trial on charges of with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and all four of them were fired.
Floyd’s brutal arrest triggered mass protests in the US and beyond[/caption]