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George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Video footage from a cell phone camera showed even after he was handcuffed, and on the ground, Chauvin put his knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while he said he couldn't breath and pleaded for help. During the last three minutes Floyd was motionless and quiet. Three other police officers were there who restricted Flody's body movements and prevented anyone from intervening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDd5GlrgvsE shows the initial encounter of the arrest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thfNLVvve4A&bpctr=1591197127 shows them kneeling on his throat until he died.

Records show he went into cardiac arrest after he was put in an ambulance. The ambulance left at 8:30 and he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:25.

Transcript of the encounter is found at https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6983146-Transcript-from-the-body-camera-of-J-Alexander.html#document/p1

People involved

  • George Perry Floyd was a 46-year-old black man. He did five years in jail for forcing his way into a pregnant woman's home and putting a gun to her stomach in a robbery. He had other criminal convictions as well. [1]
  • Derek Michael Chauvin age 44, had been an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department since around 2001. Chauvin had 18 complaints on his official record, two of which ended in discipline from the department, including official letters of reprimand.
  • Tou Thao, age 34. Six police conduct complaints had been filed against Thao, none resulting in disciplinary action. In 2014, Thao was accused of brutality when his arrest of an African-American man resulted in the man's broken teeth and hospitalization. The victim said he had been handcuffed without cause, and was then thrown to the ground and "punched, kicked, and kneed", and humiliated. The resulting excessive-use-of-force lawsuit was settled out of court for $25,000.
  • Thomas K. Lane, age 37, and J. Alexander Kueng, age 26, were licensed as law enforcement officers in August 2019. Neither had prior complaints on their records.

Thao is Asian, Kueng is black, and Chauvin and Lane are white.

Transcript of 911 call

May 25, 2020; 20:01:14

Operator: 911 what’s the address of the emergency?

Caller: This is ah 3759 Chicago AV.

Operator: How can I help you?

Caller: Um someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car. We tell them to give us their phone, put their (inaudible) thing back and everything and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn't want to do that, and he's sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he's not in control of himself.

Operator: Okay, what type of vehicle does he have?

Caller: And… um he's got a vehicle that is ah…ah he got a vehicle that is ah one second let me see if I can see the license. The driver license is BRJ026.

Operator: Okay, what color is it?

Caller: It’s a blue color. It’s a blue van.

Operator: Blue van?

Caller: Yes, van.

Operator: Alright blue van, gotcha. Is it out front or is it on 38th ST?

Caller: Ah it’s on 38th ST.

Operator: On 38th ST. So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he’s under the influence of something?

Caller: Something like that, yes. He is not acting right.

Operator: What’s he look like, what race?

Caller: Um, he’s a tall guy. He’s like tall and bald, about like 6…6 1/2, and she’s not acting right so and she started to go, drive the car.

Operator: Okay so, female or a male?

Caller: Um…

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy?

Caller: (Talking to somebody else)—he’s asking (inaudible) one second. Hello?

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy that did this?

Caller: It is a man.

Operator: Okay. Is he white, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?

Caller: Something like that.

Operator: Which one? White, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?

Caller: No, he’s a black guy.

Operator: Alright (sigh).

Caller: How is your day going?

Operator: Not too bad.

Caller: Had a long day, huh?

Operator: What’s your name?

Caller: My name is REDACTED

Operator: Alright, a phone number for you?

Caller: REDACTED

Operator: Alright, I’ve got help on the way. If that vehicle or that person leaves before we get there, just give us a call back, otherwise we’ll have squads out there shortly, okay?

Caller: No problem.

Operator: Thank you.

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