Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves body camera transcripts that show how George Floyd begged for his life while being murdered by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Now even though I wrote this article… All of this information is comming directly from the Washington Post.
George Floyd begged police officers not to shoot him and even complained of being claustrophobic as they tried to place him in the squad car in the minutes before he was killed on a South Minneapolis street corner in May, this is according to transcripts of police body camera footage from the scene released on Wednesday.
According to The Washington Post; The transcripts were clear that Floyd was trying to cooperate with police but was deathly afraid of them, at times telling them that he had covid-19 and was worried that he was going to die because he couldn’t breathe while in their custody. Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck and held Floyd on the ground, he told Floyd that he must be okay because he was able to speak, saying that he was using up a lot of oxygen pleading for help.
“They going to kill me,” “They’re going to kill me man.” Floyd said minutes before he body turned lifeless.
The transcripts offer an expanded view of the events that led up to the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, who was Murdered after being pressed into the pavement for about eight minutes.
It was the eight minutes that would inspire and set off the largest and most sustained series of protests in Unites States history. And it was 8 minutes and 46 seconds that would change the course of the American conversation on police brutality, social justice and racism.
Derek Chauvin, the white officer who was shown with his knee on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second degree murder, while the three other officers at the scene Kueng, Lane and Tou Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Transcripts show that Lane approached the car and called on Floyd five times to show his hands, drawing his gun when he didn’t. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Floyd responded, according to a transcript of Lane’s body camera. “I didn’t do nothing. . . . What did I do though? What did we do, Mr. Officer?”
As Lane asked him to step out of the car, Floyd apologized several times and repeatedly asked the officer not to shoot him.
“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. God dang man. Man, I got shot. I got shot the same way, Mr. Officer, before,” Floyd told Lane, the transcripts show. “Mr. Officer, please don’t shoot me. Please man.”
“I’m not going to shoot you,” Lane replied.
As Kueng walked Floyd across the street, Lane asked Hill about Floyd’s behavior. “Why’s he getting all squirrelly and not showing us his hands and just being all weird like that?” he asked, according to the transcript.
“I have no clue, because he’s been shot before,” Hill said.
Lane asked whether Floyd was “drunk” or “on something.”
“No, he got a thing going on, I’m telling you, about the police,” Hill replied. “He have problems all the time when they come, especially when that man put that gun like that.”
By then, Chauvin and Thao had arrived as Kueng and Lane were struggling to get Floyd in the car. It’s unclear whether they were attempting to assist, but at one point, an unknown officer sought to intervene, according to the transcripts. “Man, you’re going to die of a heart attack,” one of the officers told Floyd. “Just get in the car.”
Floyd began to bleed from the mouth, after bumping his head inside the vehicle, and Lane called emergency medical help to the scene. Floyd began to complain that he couldn’t breathe. “I just had COVID, man,” Floyd said. “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. Please one of you listen to me.”
Chauvin asked whether Floyd was going to jail, and the officers pulled him from the car. “Get him down on the ground,” Chauvin said.
The transcripts show Floyd continued to complain that he couldn’t breathe and called out for his mother. The officers restrained him on the ground Lane at his feet, Kueng at his back and Chauvin at his head. “You’re under arrest guy,” Chauvin told him.
“All right, all right. Oh my god. I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this,” Floyd said. “Mama, I love you . . . Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”
“You’re doing a lot of talking, man,” Chauvin replied.
As the officers held Floyd to the ground, Chauvin asked the other officers whether Floyd was “high.” Kueng told him they’d found “a pipe on him.” Floyd again told the officers he couldn’t breathe. “You’re doing fine. You’re talking fine,” Kueng said, as Lane told him to take a “deep breath” and Chauvin told him to “relax.”
“My neck hurts,” Floyd said.
“Uh huh,” Chauvin replied. “You’re doing a lot of talking, a lot of yelling.”
“They going to kill me,” Floyd said. “They’re going to kill me man.”
“Takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to say that,” Chauvin said.
Attorneys for Lane and Kueng, rookie officers who had been on the force for less than a week before Floyd’s death, have argued that their clients were merely following orders from Chauvin, the senior officer at the scene, as they kept Floyd pinned to the ground even as he complained of struggling to breathe.
The transcripts show Lane asked Chauvin several times whether Floyd should be moved.
“No, leave him,” Chauvin told him. “Staying put where we got him.”
Lane told Chauvin he was worried about “excited delirium,” citing a term used by medical examiners to describe the sudden in-custody death of people who may be under the influence of drugs or in an agitated state.
“That’s why we got the ambulance coming,” Chauvin said.
“Okay, I suppose,” Lane replied. A few seconds later, he told Chauvin that he believed Floyd had passed out. When an off-duty firefighter on the scene pressed the officers to check Floyd’s pulse, Kueng couldn’t find one.
“Huh?” Chauvin replied, according to the transcript.
The transcript suggests the ambulance arrived about two minutes later. Video shows that Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck only when prodded by a paramedic. Lane jumped into the ambulance with medics and began performing chest compressions in an attempt to revive Floyd, who was by then in full cardiac arrest, according to the transcript of Lane’s body camera.
A medic quizzed Lane on whether Floyd had been fighting with the officers. Later, another medic informed Lane that Floyd had “crashed” in the ambulance.
“I wonder what he was on,” the unidentified person said.
“Not sure, but yeah, he seemed very agitated and paranoid,” Lane replied.
“That’s a shame,” the person said.
“Yeah,” Lane responded.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner found that Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. But its report cited “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression” as the cause of his death, not drugs.
A Hennepin County judge last month set a tentative trial date of March 8 for the four former officers. Prosecutors have signaled they are pushing for all four men to be tried together, but Judge Peter A. Cahill said he is still weighing the question of joint prosecutions.
The officers are set to be in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 11.
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