A new video recorded by a Minneapolis man and broadcast on CNN about the murder of George Floyd shows another angle on the event, two other cops can be seen pressing their knees over Floyd’s body.
The death last Monday of African-American George Floyd has unleashed a storm in the United States of enormous dimensions, which has already produced major disturbances.
Until now, only one video had been released showing police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck, now another recording appears, taken from a different angle, showing other officers involved.
In the midst of a wave of outrage, a new video has emerged of what happened, showing that before Floyd was pinned down on the ground, there was a fight inside the police vehicle.
The New York Times has reconstructed in a shocking video footage from various security cameras, witness videos and official documents that show how a series of actions by the agents ended the life of this black man. It is eight minutes and 46 seconds from his arrest to his death.
This video shows Floyd being forced out of his car by a police officer, and being pushed against a wall. At that moment, the detainee is talking to the officers. They hold him between two of them and push him against the car.
But instead of getting him into the vehicle, the officers threw him to the ground. For several minutes, police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his left knee against the victim’s neck.
“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please,” you can hear Floyd, as he’s dying. He had been arrested on suspicion of trying to use a fake $20 bill in a supermarket.
Why was George Floyd arrested?
On May 25, a grocery store clerk called the police to report that George Floyd had bought a pack of cigarettes from him with a fake $20.
In the 911 call, the employee told the operator that he had demanded that the cigarettes be returned to him, but “he (Floyd) doesn’t want to do that,” according to a transcript of the call.
The employee said the man appeared “drunk” and “not in control of himself,” according to the transcript. Shortly after the call, two police officers arrived on the scene.
Floyd was sitting with two other people in a parked car. After approaching the car, one of the officers drew his gun and ordered Floyd to show his hands.
According to this cop, initially Floyd “actively resisted being handcuffed,” but managed to do so.
The cop claims that when they tried to get Floyd into the patrol car he struggled, claiming he was claustrophobic. Then Officer Derek Chauvin arrived to help get Floyd into the patrol car.
But in the recordings, Floyd is found handcuffed and lying face down on the ground.
At this point, witnesses began filming Floyd and caught Chauvin placing his knee on the African-American’s neck.
“I can’t breathe,” Floyd says repeatedly, pleading with his mother and begging “please, please, please.”
For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Chauvin holds his knee over Floyd’s neck, according to the prosecutors’ report.
By 6 minutes, Floyd had stopped fighting for his life. When Chauvin withdrew his knee, it no longer moved.
They put him in an ambulance and an hour later he was declared dead.
So far, only Chauvin has been formally charged with third-degree murder, that is, one in which the killer has no intention of causing death.