The latest and most distressing new police body cam video captures the final 17 minutes of George Floyd’s life, offering essentially the most complete account to date of his arrest and death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The uncut footage, which runs slightly over 30 minutes, is the first start-to-finish capture of the May 25 incident that sparked worldwide outrage, murder, arson, assault, destruction of property,
The video takes place at the Cup Foods convenience store in Minneapolis, where Floyd allegedly tried to purchase items using a counterfeit $20 bill, with a store employee seen pointing out Floyd’s SUV that was still sitting across the street.
Thomas Lane, one of four officers fired and later charged in the incident, walks across the street and taps on the SUV window with his flashlight, and confronts Floyd.
“Let me see your hands,” Lane, said. “Stay in the car. Let me see your other hand. Get your f–king hands up right now.”
You have to understand, cops have no idea what’s going on inside a vehicle they approach. There could be weapons, they could be hiding drugs, which leads to making reckless decisions when responding to police officers. The first job of a cop when confronting someone in a vehicle is to make sure he can see the hands of the people inside. That way, if there’s no resistance, nobody gets hurt. When Lane ordered Floyd to show him his hands and Floyd didn’t comply, that when he pulled his handgun.
“What did we do?” Floyd, 46, asked.
“Put your hand up there,” Lane yells, lifting his handgun and holding it should length while trying to get Floyd to comply. “Put your f–king hand up there! Keep you f–king hands on the wheel. f–king hands on the wheel!”
It’s clear from the video that Floyd was not complying, whether on purpose, or because he was on drugs (Fentanyl), or he was just shocked that cops walked up on him right after committing a crime, it doesn’t matter. He was acting irrationally.
“Please don’t shoot me. Please man,” Floyd said. “Please. I’m going to get out now. Please don’t shoot me.”
Police handcuff Floyd and questioned him, with Floyd constantly complaining about his situation while offering his name and age to the cop.
However, he begins to tussle as the officers take him to a waiting police vehicle outside the convenience store, non-stop complaining that he’s claustrophobic. He could sit inside his own vehicle, but he had a condition that forbade him to sit in another similar vehicle owned by police?
Cops then got him on the ground and Floyd continually cried and complained that he couldn’t breathe. He stopped moving about 16 minutes and 30 seconds into the video.
Former officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with Floyd’s murder, can be seen with his knee pinned to the back of Floyd’s neck for more than three minutes after Floyd stops moving.
Bystanders began shouting at the cops.
“He’s not responsive right now, bro,” one man is heard saying. “Yo, check his pulse. The man has not moved.”
Lane then returns to Cup Foods to interview workers, who said “the big guy” passed the phony $20 bill.
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Chauvin, 44, Thane, Lane, and Tou Thau have been fired the next day and are now awaiting trial.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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