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posted by martyb on Wednesday August 05 2020, @02:17PM   Printer-friendly

[Editor's note: This is a follow-on to the story George Floyd Dead - Officers Fired and Charged - Discuss it Here that we ran on June 2, 2020. With 385 comments, it was the 5th-most-discussed story in the history of SoylentNews. All four of the officers involved were fired from the police force and are facing charges for the death.

New body-cam footage has come to light, exclusively on DailyMail.com. The two videos there fill in gaps from the previously-released footage.

In light of the interest when we first ran the story, the continuing "Black Lives Matter" protests, and the information this brings to light, I have decided to run this story.

NOTE: Each news organization has their own "take" on the killing. This coverage from DailyMail.com is no exception; read it with a heaping helping of the proverbial "grain of salt". It has been excerpted here without elision so as to not add any additional "spin".

WARNING: Please be aware the video content is disturbing; viewer discretion is advised. --martyb]


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Police Bodycam Footage Shows George Floyd Arrest In Detail:

WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT. DailyMail.com has obtained video from the body cameras of two officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd that ultimately led to his death on May 25 in Minneapolis.

[...] Bodycam footage from two cops accused in the murder of George Floyd is revealed exclusively by DailyMail.com today — and it shows a rookie officer terrifying Floyd by pointing a handgun at his head and another callously picking a pebble from the squad car tire just inches from the dying man and seconds before he draws his last breath.

The tapes show in minute detail how a very distressed Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death on May 25.

It also shows how belligerent cops cursed at and manhandled the sobbing suspect, ignoring his pleas for compassion.

Floyd resisted as the cops tried to force him into the back of the car, telling them he suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety and how Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, leading to his death, ignoring Floyd's repeated cries of 'I can't breathe.'

Floyd is even heard predicting his own death. 'I'll probably just die this way,' he says.

Transcripts from the videos were released in mid-July but a judge in Minneapolis had ruled the video could only be viewed in the courthouse, meaning few people have had the chance to watch the powerful images.

But the footage has now been leaked to DailyMail.com so the world can finally see the tragedy of Floyd's last minutes as the cops were mindless of Floyd's anguish.

The footage includes more than 18 minutes from Officer Alex Kueng's bodycam and 10 minutes from Officer Thomas Lane. They were the first two cops to arrive on the scene after a complaint that Floyd had attempted to pass a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cup Foods, a store in the Powderhorn Park section of Minneapolis.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by epitaxial on Wednesday August 05 2020, @03:33PM (12 children)

    by epitaxial (3165) on Wednesday August 05 2020, @03:33PM (#1031770)

    Most cops are psychopaths. If you really do enjoy killing people it would be the right profession. There is a reason why cops have domestic violence rates several times higher than the average.

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  • (Score: -1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @04:08PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @04:08PM (#1031805)

    There is a reason why cops have domestic violence rates several times higher than the average.

    The same thing could also be said of lesbians. [ncadv.org]

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @06:07PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @06:07PM (#1031865)

      Last I checked lesbians aren't given a gun and a license to kill.

      Only stupid fucks upmod your comment.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @09:43PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @09:43PM (#1031972)

        I read somewhere that while male cops are generally queer-bashing homophobes, up to 50% of female cops are lesbians.

        • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @11:58PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @11:58PM (#1032034)

          I saw a video that corroborates your second statistic.

    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday August 06 2020, @12:44AM (1 child)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday August 06 2020, @12:44AM (#1032053) Journal

      For what this is worth, I did suffer domestic abuse...at the hands of my *bisexual* ex. Current (and hopefully lifelong!) partner is as gold-star as I am and we've never even so much as had a shouting match.

      --
      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday August 06 2020, @04:39AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 06 2020, @04:39AM (#1032150) Journal
        Good job, Hazuki. I notice in the AC's link a possible explanation for that alleged increase in "lesbian" violence:

        3. In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
        4. In 2012, fewer than 5% of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence sought orders of protection.

        In other words, it reflects that such people can't rely on the protection of police and the law except in extreme cases of violence, something they have in common with domestic partners of police officers.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Wednesday August 05 2020, @06:25PM (4 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday August 05 2020, @06:25PM (#1031871) Journal

    Most cops are psychopaths.

    Not just cops. Most positions of authority are filled with psychopaths. To do the job, you gotta be one. Goes with the territory. Look at congress, sitting on billions (giving it to Wall Street) while people are being fired and evicted from their homes.

    --
    La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
    • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:03PM (3 children)

      by acid andy (1683) on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:03PM (#1032368) Homepage Journal

      To do the job, you gotta be one.

      If that's really, completely, true then most of us would probably be better off if that particular job were no longer done at all. Perhaps there needs to be a very different job description with a very different system of remuneration.

      --
      If a cat has kittens, does a rat have rittens, a bat bittens and a mat mittens?
      • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:05PM

        by acid andy (1683) on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:05PM (#1032369) Homepage Journal

        Oops. Not sure what went on with those quotes.

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        If a cat has kittens, does a rat have rittens, a bat bittens and a mat mittens?
      • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:36PM (1 child)

        by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday August 06 2020, @06:36PM (#1032397) Journal

        Authority just has to be held accountable. Gotta stand up to it. Submissiveness is a big part of the problem, but maybe that's to avoid being exterminated.

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        La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
        • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Friday August 07 2020, @08:56PM

          by acid andy (1683) on Friday August 07 2020, @08:56PM (#1033157) Homepage Journal

          I think perhaps the ultimate problem is that the psychopaths enjoy spending a lot of time destroying their opponents whereas almost all non-psychopaths find the full implications of standing up to corruption to be very exhausting and unpleasant. Perhaps there are just too many psychopaths and not enough altruistic non-psychopaths that are willing to dedicate their entire lives to that fight? It doesn't help that beating the psychopaths usually requires playing their own Machiavellian game--it's no coincidence that they're often brought down by other psychopaths.

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          If a cat has kittens, does a rat have rittens, a bat bittens and a mat mittens?
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @10:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @10:23PM (#1031990)

    You forgot to link to your study.

    Really? Generilizing like you are the only one right, sounds like you are just an asshole.