Transcript reveals officer ignored George Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ plea
WASHINGTON (US) – According to a newly released transcript of police body camera footage, the former US police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd told him to stop shouting and save his breath while he knelt on his neck.
Floyd’s death sparked anti-racism protests and demonstrations against police brutality across the United States and in many countries.
“Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” Floyd said during the nearly nine minutes when the officer knelt on him before dying.
The transcript made public on Wednesday as part of a motion filed in the Minneapolis state court revealed that Floyd pleaded for help.
“I’m through, through. I’m claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please. Please? I can’t breathe officer,” he said.
“You’re going to kill me, man,” Floyd said.
The officer Derek Chauvin replied: “Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”
The white officer was arrested on May 29 and has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Three others – white, Black and Asian American – have been accused of aiding and abetting in the case.
Thomas Lane, one of the officers, suggested that Chauvin roll Floyd on his side, the transcript revealed.
“No, he’s staying put where we got him,” Chauvin replied.
The four were fired from the police department.
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