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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: 5, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:00PM (5 children)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:00PM (#1031819)

    It's murder. It's unquestionable. If you don't get that, you don't live in a very civilised society.

    This is the part Americans just can't admit to themselves: we don't live in a very civilized society. It's really much more akin to Brazil or Russia or Mexico.

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:13PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:13PM (#1031824)

    Apparently in democrat states and cities it's uncivilized.

    In my state, it's very much on par with anywhere in Europe. Lots of guns too. Low crime. etc.

    I am not sure what I need to admit to for something happening in other parts of the country.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 07 2020, @03:20AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 07 2020, @03:20AM (#1032682)

      Mmhmmm, your crimes are just domestic abuse and hate crimes that go unreported since minorities are more terrified of the police than the racist neighbors next door. Sad that some Americans are so completely out of touch with anything beyond their personal bubble.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:24PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @05:24PM (#1031835)

    Says the guy who shares an alias with a Scandinavian murderer/arsonist/white supremacist black metal musician.

    America is just so uncivilized.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @10:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @10:05PM (#1031986)

      Given his username I was sure he was one of those aces you tried to shoot down in every Wing Commander Game from 1 to IV.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 06 2020, @05:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 06 2020, @05:02PM (#1032332)

      You never read LotR? Grishnakh is one of my favorite unique orcs in Angband.