Terrible new evidence comes to light in the case of George Floyd, who died in a brutal police operation in Minnesota. Floyd was already begging for his life before dealing with the officials.
According to newly published transcripts, African-American George Floyd said “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times before his death in a police operation in late May – I can’t breathe. The transcripts come from the body cameras of the now accused police officers and were released on Wednesday by a court in the US state of Minnesota. Among other things, it shows how Floyd kept begging officials to let him go. “I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe. Ah! I will probably die this way,” the court documents say, among other things.
The unarmed Floyd was brutally arrested on May 25 in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death led to mass protests across the country against police violence and racism. The police had arrested Floyd on suspicion of paying with a false $ 20 bill. They pushed him to the ground on the street. A white officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes. Floyd passed out and died on the spot, the autopsy revealed.
Floyd: “I’m scared, man”.
The transcripts further show that Floyd was apparently scared from the start, apparently begging one of the police officers before the physical argument not to shoot him, please. “You act somewhat unpredictably,” one official says to him at one point. Floyd replied, “I’m scared, man.” In the further course it becomes clear again and again that Floyd and the police officers have problems communicating with each other. Again and again the detainee also says that he suffers from claustrophobia and therefore has difficulties getting into the police car. Then there was the argument, as a result of which Floyd died.
The main trial against four policemen charged with killing Floyd is scheduled to begin on March 8 next year, according to US media reports.