The former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of a black man ignored the dying man’s warnings that they were about to kill him, ignored his pleas that he could not breathe 20 TIMES before he died
The transcripts for the body camera videos of officers Thomas Lane and J. Kueng provide the most detailed account yet of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25
Ex-cop Derek Chauvin dismissed the dying man’s pleas telling the expiring victim – ‘It takes a lot of oxygen to talk … stop moving’ – transcripts from bodycam reveals
Floyd who begged the cops not to shoot him repeatedly told the three men kneeling on his torso and his neck that he was ‘not resisting’ and was ready to any thing they asked of him
Before slipping into unconsciousness he is heard telling the cops,’You’re going to kill me, man,’ as he complained that his back, his stomach and throat hurt
Finally he calls for his mama and stops talking – Derek Chauvin stayed on Floyd’s neck for another two minutes after he was informed that the man under his weight had no pulse, according to a transcript of Lane’s body camera video
The transcripts were made public Wednesday as part of Lane’s request to have the case against him dismissed
Fired Minneapolis police officer, Sgt.Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of the 46-year-old father of five, George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis on May 25
Three other former cops, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting of both second-degree murder and manslaughter
Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said in a memorandum that there isn’t probable cause to charge his client, based on all of the evidence and the law because he trusted in the judgement of his senior colleague, Derek Chauvin
‘They’ll kill me. They’ll kill me. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,’ Floyd said.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, had no immediate comment Wednesday.
The transcripts were made public Wednesday as part of Lane’s request to have the case against him dismissed. Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said in a memorandum that there isn’t probable cause to charge his client, based on all of the evidence and the law.
Gray painted an image of a rookie officer who trusted Chauvin, a senior officer, after Floyd had been acting erratically, struggling and hurting himself during an arrest. Gray said that once Floyd was on the ground, Lane had asked twice if officers should roll Floyd on his side, and Chauvin said no.
Gray also submitted the body camera footage itself, but that was not immediately made public. The transcripts show Floyd appearing cooperative at times but becoming agitated as he begged not to be put in a squad car, saying repeatedly he was claustrophobic.
‘Oh man, God don’t leave me man, please man, please man,’ he begged, later adding: ‘I’ll do anything y’ll tell me to, man. … I’m just claustrophobic, that´s it.’
The transcripts were made public Wednesday as part of Thomas Lane’s request to have the case against him dismissed
Gray wrote that Floyd started to thrash back and forth and was ‘hitting his face on the glass in the squad and began to bleed from his mouth.’ Officers brought Floyd to the ground and, ‘the plan was to restrain him so he couldn’t move and hurt himself anymore,’ Gray wrote.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. Lane was holding Floyd’s legs at the time, Kueng was at Floyd’s midsection and Thao was watching nearby bystanders. All four officers were fired.
A message left with an attorney for Floyd’s family wan’t immediately returned. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said prosecutors plan to oppose the motion to dismiss.
Defense attorney Earl Gray who is representing Thomas Lane, one of the three ex-cops charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, in a memorandum argues that there is no probable cause to charge his client, based on all of the evidence and the law.
As part of his court filing, Gray also submitted a transcript of Lane’s interview with state investigators and police department training materials on restraint holds. Gray writes that all of the evidence exonerates his client, hence it is not ‘fair or reasonable’ for Lane to stand trial.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
As officers struggled to get Floyd into the squad car, Floyd said: ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘I want to lay on the ground,’ the transcripts say.
Once Floyd was on the ground, Lane told the other officers ‘he’s got to be on something.’ and he asked twice whether officers should roll Floyd onto his side – Chauvin said no.
‘Lane had no basis to believe Chauvin was wrong in making that decision,’ Gray wrote.
Bystanders told officers repeatedly to check Floyd’s pulse, and after Kueng did he said, ‘I can’t find one.’
‘Huh?’ Chauvin said, according to the transcript of Keung’s body camera video.
Lane told state investigators that although Chauvin was not Lane’s field training officer, he had trained Kueng and was someone from whom Lane had previously guidance. According to a transcript of that interview, one investigator said it seemed like Lane’s gut was telling him something wasn’t right with the way Floyd was being restrained.
‘Yeah. I would say felt like it maybe could have been handled differently or we should be reassessing what we’re doing, I think is what I was kind of coming to,’ Lane said.
Gray argues in his memorandum that in order to charge Lane with aiding and abetting, prosecutors must show Lane played a knowing role in committing a crime.
There’s no evidence Lane played an intentional role or knew Chauvin was committing a crime, namely assault, Gray argues.
‘The decision to restrain Floyd was reasonably justified,’ Gray wrote, adding: ‘Based on Floyd’s actions up to this point, the officers had no idea what he would do next – hurt himself, hurt the officers, flee, or anything else, but he was not cooperating.’
Former officer Lane’s trust in his senior colleague Chauvin was ‘reasonable and not criminal,’ Gray concludes.