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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: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @07:14PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 05 2020, @07:14PM (#1031897)

    Imagine, for example, that the police come into my house for no reason and find marijuana, and film it, and then release the film to the media. I am arrested and charged with drug possession. But if the police searched my property without probable cause, the jury can't see that evidence at my trial. I don't worship the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. But that privacy protection is critically important. Even if you don't believe in privacy rights, I don't know anyone that thinks the police should be able to force their way into anyone's home at any time for any reason. The 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights protects against that - if the police enter your property without cause, they can't use any evidence they find. So it absolutely makes sense for courts to only admit evidence that has been legally obtained.

    Now, in this particular case that mechanism for preventing certain evidence from influence juries is being used in the exact opposite way it was originally intended. This is information that should be public - that's why police have the body cams! - and they're trying to make it private.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by HiThere on Wednesday August 05 2020, @07:57PM

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 05 2020, @07:57PM (#1031914) Journal

    Maybe. I suspect ALL parties of editing the footage so that people only see the things that support the case of the one presenting the footage. I *may* be over suspicious here, but I've watched news crews on a story, and then seen what was broadcast. It was real footage, but artfully trimmed and framed. And the story it presented was NOT accurate, even though every image was from the real event. Perhaps police bodycam footage is protected against that kind of thing, but that's not what the news stories about it seem to say. They say things like "Well, the camera was off when that happened, but then we turned it on". Or, "Sorry, that camera wasn't working".

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