UNITED STATES – New George Floyd video shows the man begging to be allowed to stand so that he can catch his breath as THREE police officers kneel on him. George’s Floyd apprehension by Minneapolis police appears to show three officers kneeling on the man to keep him restrained on the ground. The brief clips provide a different angle than the widely publicized video that was filmed on Memorial Day and appears to show part of the confrontation before things escalated even further.
In the footage, Floyd can be heard repeatedly telling the officers that he can’t breathe. ‘Please, please let me stand,’ Floyd begs while the three officers kneel on top of him.
The angle of the brief clips shows three officers on George Floyd’s back. ‘Please, I can’t breathe,’ he continues in the clip. ‘My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.’
An officer believed to be Derek Chauvin then tells the person filming that they need to move to the other side of the street, as Floyd cries out. An autopsy report has not been released in Floyd’s death, but the fire department reported that Floyd had no pulse in the ambulance and was unresponsive.
Paramedics checked Floyd’s pulse several times and attempted to resuscitate him, according to the incident report.
The four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd were fired Tuesday. They were named as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng.
Mayor Jacob Frey had announced the firings on Twitter, saying: ‘This is the right call.’
Frey said he considers Floyd’s killing to be murder and had publicly called for Chauvin to face arrest.
‘I’m not a prosecutor but let me be clear. The arresting officer killed someone,’ he told CBS Thursday. ‘He’d be alive today if he were white.’
An initial statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday did not include details of officers’ altercation with Floyd and only mentioned he had suffered ‘medical distress’ following the arrest.
Floyd’s death has sparked outrage in Minneapolis, with protesters taking to the streets for a third day Thursday. State troopers have been forced to intervene after violent protests and riots broke out in the city and left one looter dead.
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