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The newly released officer’s body-worn video gives a more complete look at the tension scene in which George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. In it, eyewitnesses urged officers to check Floyd’s vital signs as Officer Derek Chavin held his knee above the man’s neck.
The video, from former officer Tou Thao, shows another advantage of Floyd’s arrest, as well as Thao’s interactions with a crowd of bystanders. The recording was released by order of a judge in Hennepin County, Minn.
In the video, Thao seemed to become increasingly agitated as the crowd got louder, with viewers constantly asking him why Floyd’s vital signs weren’t checked out as other Minneapolis cops hold on to Floyd, who was in handcuffs, was on the sidewalk.
Floyd could be heard pleading for the air officers, including telling them, “I can’t breathe” – complaints were repeated by thousands of protesters who were calling for an end to faeces. Systematic racism and police brutality across America and internationally.
At one point, Thao told the crowd: “Then, you guys don’t play drugs.”
An bystander, a Black man wearing a black hoodie and shorts, told officers he trained at the police academy. He asked Thao about the strategy Chavin was using, asking if it was a “jiu technique”.
Referring to Floyd, Thao constantly exclaimed: “He’s talking so he’s fine”.
Thao also told onlookers that the police had been trying for 10 minutes to put Floyd in the back of the police car, though the actual time looked less than five.
Thao arrived at the scene after Floyd was cuffed, and while officers Chauvin, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were struggling to put Floyd in the back of the police SUV.
All four officers have since been fired and charged in connection with Floyd’s death. Chauvin faces second-degree murder, while Thao, Alexander and Kueng each face charges of assisting and assisting.
In the video, Thao is mainly involved in crowd control as people gather on the sidewalk near the back of the police car. Although it sometimes shows Floyd, the video largely doesn’t show what happened to Floyd when he was held on the sidewalk. Instead, it shows how the crowd reacts – from anxiety to anger.
Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for a few minutes. Minneapolis policemen initially confronted Floyd on suspicion of using a fake $ 20 note to buy cigarettes.
At about 8:43 in the video, a man in a hooded shirt walks out of the sidewalk and across the street, moving towards Floyd, who is on the street. Thao yelled at the man to get back to the sidewalk.
A few moments later, a white woman who identified herself as a Minneapolis firefighter approached Thao and asked if Floyd had taken the pulse. He yelled at her to get back to the sidewalk.
Things became more tense when the men and women in the crowd begged the officers to check on Floyd. As they did, some of them shouted obscene words to the officers.
“He’s dead,” the hoodie man yelled as he stepped out onto the street again.
Discussed the man toward the sidewalk. He took out his phone to start recording Floyd’s lying on the sidewalk.
“Don’t touch me anymore,” Thao shouted. The person on the sidewalk cursed back at Thao that Black didn’t touch him.
Thao also pushed a man in a white T-shirt, though not vigorously, pushing him back toward the sidewalk as some tried to walk out onto the street to get a better look at what was happening to Floyd.
This is the latest footage from the officer in the Minneapolis incident to be released this week. On Monday, the video captured by former officers Lane and Kueng was released after a legal challenge by a group of media companies contested over their public release, as the Star Tribune put believe.
The Star Tribune also noted that Robert Paule, Thao’s lawyer, sent a full-body camera video to his client in support of a move to reduce charges for him.
“Paule has argued in court filings that the case should be dismissed because Thao focuses on crowd control and doesn’t have a full view of what’s going on when his three former colleagues are due. Floyd, among other reasons, reports.
The Hennepin County Magistrate is expected to hear oral arguments about motions filed on behalf of Lane and Thao on September 11.