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The body camera video just released by the officer is giving a more complete view of the tense scene in which George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. In it, passersby overcome the officers’ noise to check Floyd’s essential signs while Officer Derek Chavin holds the knee to the man’s neck.
The video, by former officer Tou Thao, shows another advantage of Floid’s arrest, as well as Thao’s interactions with a crowd of passersby. The registration was issued by order of a judge in Hennepin County, Minn.
In the video, Thao appears to be getting more and more irritated as the crowd becomes louder, with viewers constantly asking him why Floyd’s vital signs were not being checked, as other Minneapolis police officers held Floyd, who was handcuffed, on the sidewalk.
Floyd can be heard pleading with officers for air, including saying to them, “I can not breathe” – a complaint that has been repeated by thousands of protesters calling for an end to systemic racism and brutality. police across the US and internationally.
At one point, Thao tells the crowd, “That’s why you don’t do drugs, baby.”
A passerby, a black man in a black hat and shorts, tells the officers he trained at the police academy. He asks Thao about the tactics Chavin is using, asking him if it was a “jiu jutsu action”.
Referring to Floid, Thao constantly says, “He’s talking, so he’s fine.”
Thao also tells viewers that officers tried for 10 minutes to get Floyd in the back of the police vehicle, although the actual time appears to have been less than five.
Thao arrived at the scene after Floyd was handcuffed and as his accomplices Chauvin, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were struggling to place Floyd in the back of a police SUV.
All four officers have been fired and charged in connection with Floyd’s death. Chauvin faces a charge of second-degree murder, while Thao, Alexander and Kueng face charges of aiding and abetting.
In the video, Thao mostly engages in crowd control as people gather on the sidewalk near the back of the police vehicle. While showing Floyd occasionally, the video mostly does not show what happened to Floid while being held on the sidewalk. Instead, it shows the reactions of the crowd – which range from anxiety to anger.
Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for a few minutes. Minneapolis officers initially confronted Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes.
About the 8:43 note in the video, the man in the hood walks off the sidewalk and into the street, moving toward where Floyd is on the street. Thao yells at the man to get back on the sidewalk.
Moments later, a white woman identifies herself as a Minneapolis firefighter as she approaches Thao and asks if Floyd has a pulse. He yells at her to get back on the sidewalk as well.
Things escalate further as men and women in the crowd force officers to control Floyd. As they do, some of them shout explorations at the officers.
“He’s going to die dead,” the man in the hood as he enters the street again.
Said shakes the man again in the direction of the sidewalk. He had pulled out his cell phone to start Floyd recording by paving the sidewalk.
“Do not touch me again,” Thao exclaims. People on the sidewalk shout back at Thao that the Black Man never touched her.
Thao also pushed, though not so forcefully, a man wearing a white T-shirt, sending him back to the sidewalk as some people tried to get into the street to get a better view of what was happening. happened to Floyd.
This is the latest look worn by the officer from the Minneapolis incident that will come out this week. On Monday, video captured by former officers Lane and Kueng was released following a legal challenge by a group of media companies that argued for their public release, as reported by the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune also notes that Robert Paule, Thao’s lawyer, presented his bodyguard video clients to support a motion to drop criminal charges against him.
“Paule has argued in court files that the case should have been dropped because Thao was focused on crowd control and did not have a complete picture of what was happening as his three former colleagues restrained Floyd, among other reasons,” reports newspaper.
Judge Hennepin County is scheduled to hear oral arguments for the motions filed on behalf of Lane and Thao on September 11th.