Tran­scripts of po­lice body cams re­veal George Floyd’s fi­nal mo­ments

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As George Floyd told po­lice he could not breathe, the of­fi­cer with his knee against his neck said: “It takes a heck of a lot of oxy­gen to talk.”

This was ac­cord­ing to tran­scripts of body-cam­era footage re­leased on Wed­nes­day.

The video of of­fi­cers Thomas Lane and JAlexan­der Kueng pro­vide the most de­tailed ac­count yet of what hap­pened as po­lice took Floyd into cus­tody on May 25.

They re­veal more of what was said af­ter Floyd, an African-Amer­i­can man who was hand­cuffed, was put on the ground.

“You’re go­ing to kill me, man,” he said, a tran­script of for­mer of­fi­cer Lane’s body-cam­era video footage re­vealed.

“Then stop talk­ing, stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxy­gen to talk,” said Derek Chau­vin, the white of­fi­cer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight min­utes, even af­ter he stopped mov­ing.

“They’ll kill me. They’ll kill me. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” Floyd said.

The tran­scripts were made pub­lic as part of Mr Lane’s re­quest to have the case against him dis­missed.

His lawyer, Earl Gray, said there was no prob­a­ble cause to charge his client, based on all ev­i­dence and the law.

Mr Gray por­trayed his client as a rookie po­lice­man who trusted Mr Chau­vin, a se­nior of­fi­cer, af­ter Floyd had been act­ing er­rat­i­cally, strug­gling and hurt­ing him­self dur­ing an ar­rest.

Mr Gray said that once Floyd was on the ground, Mr Lane asked twice if of­fi­cers should roll Floyd on his side, and Mr Chau­vin said no.

He also sub­mit­ted the body-cam­era footage but that was not im­me­di­ately made pub­lic.

The tran­scripts show Floyd ap­peared co-op­er­a­tive at times but be­came ag­i­tated as he begged not to be put in a squad car, say­ing re­peat­edly that he was claus­tro­pho­bic.

“Oh man, ... don’t leave me man, please man, please man,” he begged. “I’ll do any­thing you tell me to, man. I’m just claus­tro­pho­bic, that’s it.”

Mr Gray wrote that Floyd started to thrash back and forth and was “hit­ting his face on the glass in the squad and be­gan to bleed from his mouth”.

The of­fi­cers put him on the ground.

“The plan was to re­strain him so he couldn’t move and hurt him­self any more,” Mr Gray wrote.

Mr Chau­vin is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, third-de­gree mur­der and man­slaugh­ter.

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

Mr Lane was hold­ing Floyd’s legs, Mr Kueng was at his midriff and Mr Thao was watch­ing by­standers. All four were fired from the po­lice force.

A spokesman for the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice said pros­e­cu­tors planned to op­pose Mr Lane’s mo­tion to dis­miss.

As part of his court fil­ing, Mr Gray also sub­mit­ted a tran­script of Mr Lane’s in­ter­view with state in­ves­ti­ga­tors and po­lice depart­ment train­ing ma­te­rial on re­straint holds.

Mr Gray wrote that all of the ev­i­dence ex­on­er­ated his client and that it was not “fair or rea­son­able” for Mr Lane to stand trial.

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