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Police bodycam video shows George Floyd pleading for air

Floyd displays signs of distress as officers try to force him into the back of the vehicle, telling them he can’t breathe and volunteering to lie on the ground instead.

The body camera footage from former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane was made available for in-person viewings Wednesday, July 15, by Hennepin County District Court, providing a fuller picture of the fatal arrest.

It’s the first time the body camera footage of Floyd’s killing has been seen, although the court has previously released transcripts of the footage.

‘Let me see your [expletive] hands’

Kueng and Lane arrived at Cup Foods at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis shortly after 8 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25, after reports that someone tried to pass counterfeit money.

They briefly talk to the store manager, who points out a truck across the street. Lane takes out his flashlight as he crosses 38th Street. He taps on the truck’s front driver’s side window with the flashlight, and Floyd is startled.

“Let me see your [expletive] hands,” Lane tells Floyd. “Get your hands on the [expletive] wheel.”

Floyd is moving around in the vehicle and apologizing to the officer, who swears at Floyd and demands to see his hands. Lane draws his gun and points it at Floyd, who tells him that he got shot the “same way by another police officer before,” and begs Lane not to shoot him, telling the officer that he just lost his mom.

Lane tells Floyd to get out of the car, pulls Floyd’s hands behind his back and cuffs him just about 2 minutes after he’d approached the vehicle.

Kueng escorts Floyd over to a nearby wall and tells him to sit on the ground while Lane interviews the passengers in the truck he was driving. They say they were just getting a ride from Floyd.

‘I’m not trying to win’

The two officers lead Floyd across the street toward the squad car, search his pockets and then try to convince him to sit down in the squad.

Floyd tells them that he just got over COVID-19, that he’s claustrophobic and has anxiety. Floyd begs the officers not to put him in the back, at one point telling them he’ll get into the squad if they let him count to three.

A man on the street tells Floyd, “You can’t win,” and that he should just get in the car.

Floyd responds, “I’m not trying to win.”

About a minute later, Kueng tries to push Floyd into the squad while Lane pulls him from the other side. Floyd is splayed across the back seat, frantic and yelling. At least twice…

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2020-07-15 20:00:00

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