First Time: Full Video of George Floyd's Arrest and its Final Moments

Published August 11th, 2020 - 11:10 GMT
A woman holds a placard depicting George Floyd's face and reading "I can't breathe" in Bordeaux, on June 9, 2020. (AFP)
A woman holds a placard depicting George Floyd's face and reading "I can't breathe" in Bordeaux, on June 9, 2020. (AFP)
The May 25th video begins and ends at the Cup Foods convenience store where Floyd allegedly tried to buy goods with a counterfeit $20 bill.

Full length police camera video of Minneapolis officers arresting George Floyd and his harrowing final moments has been compiled and made public.  

The video, which contains previously unseen footage, stretches to a total of 30 minutes as the entirety of the arrest recorded by two police bodycams was pulled together. 

The footage became available Monday after a Hennepin County judge ordered it released.  

News organizations including had already viewed and written about the footage last week and had also pressed for the right to publish it, however the footage is now completely clear having been taken directly from the source bodycams.

The video was recorded on the body cameras of former Officers Thomas Lane and Alex J. Kueng. 

The officers were the first to arrive on the scene after a complaint that Floyd had attempted to pass a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cup Foods, a store in the Powderhorn Park section of Minneapolis. 

The footage begins in the store where Floyd allegedly tried to buy goods with the suspect bill. 

A staff member rushes up to them waving the banknote. 'Before they drive off. He's parked right here. It's a fake bill from the gentleman,' he tells the cops. 

Lane and Kueng then both approach Floyd's blue Mercedes SUV on the other side of the street. Lane goes to the driver's side where Floyd is sitting at the wheel and Kueng approaches the passenger side, where Floyd's ex, Shawanda Hill, is in the back seat and a friend, Maurice Hall, is in the front.

The footage sees officer Thomas Lane tapping on the window of Floyd's SUV to confront him about the allegation.

Floyd does not immediately open the door, but once the door is open, Lane pulls out his handgun and points it straight at Floyd's head. 

After Floyd is told to get out of the car, he is questioned and seen pleading with the officers as they struggle to place him in a squad car in the minutes leading up to his death on May 25.

Lane's video shows Lane pulling his gun when Floyd does not immediately show his hands.

In the video footage it can be seen that Floyd was not trying to run away and instead he decided to sit in his car with two friends, giving the cops the opportunity to approach. 

'Hey man, I'm sorry,' Floyd says and apologizes again before Lane gets belligerent.

'Put your f***ing hands up right now! Let me see your other hand,' the cop is heard saying.

Floyd does not immediately put his hands on the wheel. 'Put your f***ing hand up there,' Lane orders him. 'Jesus Christ, keep your f**king hands on the wheel.'

Floyd tells the officer he had been shot before, and Lane replies: 'Keep your f***ing hands on the wheel.'

Lane then tells Floyd to put his foot inside the vehicle. 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry,' Floyd replies. 'God dang man. Man, I got shot the same way, Mr. Officer, before.'

'Okay. Well when I say ''Let me see your hands,'' you put your f***ing hands up,' Lane responds.

'Please don't shoot me, man,' a crying Floyd says. 'I just lost my mom, man. I'm so sorry.'

Floyd tells the officers he is not resisting but that he is claustrophobic and has just had COVID-19. 

Floyd, 46, is seen sobbing as Kueng and Lane pull him out of the car and handcuff him. 

The footage shows in minute detail how a very distressed Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death. 

Floyd pleads that he cannot breathe, and says 'Momma' as he is held on the ground. 

It also shows how belligerent cops cursed at and manhandled sobbing Floyd, ignoring his pleas for compassion.

Floyd can be seen resisting as the cops tried to force him into the back of the car, telling them he suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety.

Officer Derek Chauvin and a fourth officer, Tou Thao, were then called in to assist. All four were fired the day after Floyd's death.

Later in the footage, Officer Derek Chauvin can be seen kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, leading to his death, ignoring Floyd’s repeated cries of ‘I can’t breathe.’

Floyd is even heard predicting his own death. 'I'll probably just die this way,' he says. 

Within seconds he is lying on the sidewalk with Chauvin's knee pressed on his neck and Lane and Kueng helping to restrain him.

He says he can't breathe over and over again and calls for his 'momma' but his voice slowly gets weaker as his life drains away.

'Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead,' he says at one point.

The footage also includes more than 18 minutes from Officer Alex Kueng's bodycam and 10 minutes from Officer Thomas Lane. 


Later, Kueng is seen picking a pebble from the squad car tire with his right hand as he restrains Floyd's legs with his left. 

Chauvin, the most senior officer on the scene, asks rookies Lane and Kueng if they are okay. 'My knee might be a little scratched but I will survive,' Lane answers.

Thao asks his fellow officers whether Floyd is high. 

When Floyd continues to wail that he can’t breathe, Kueng is heard telling him. ‘You’re fine. You’re talking fine.’

'I'm through,' Floyd says. 'I'm claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please.'

'Then stop talking. Stop yelling,' Chauvin replies. 'It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.'

As Floyd stops moving Chauvin keeps his knee on his neck, despite complaints from a small crowd that has gathered.

'Check his pulse,' one man says repeatedly. 'You call what you are doing okay?

But the other officers do little to stop Chauvin. At one point Lane asks: 'Should we roll him on his side?' But Chauvin replies. 'No, he's staying where we've got him.' 

'Well, that's why we got the ambulance coming,' Chauvin says.

By the time EMTs arrive, George Floyd is dead. 

The footage comes to a close with officer Lane walking back across the street to the convenience store to take further details about the alleged fake $20 bill in what must now seem like a triviality in light of what resulted.

The offending bill is then placed into an envelope before placed into the back of a patrol car.

The videos were filed with the court last month by Lane's attorney. Initially only transcripts of the audio were released, but a judge later allowed journalists and members of the public to view the footage by appointment.  

The events have led to months of Black Lives Matter protests throughout the country over police racism and brutality. 

All four of the officers involved in Floyd's arrest were fired by the Minneapolis police department. 

Lane, Kueng and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.  

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. All four were fired.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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