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USA TODAY US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Bote Contributi­ng: Jor­dan Cul­ver, USA TO­DAY; The As­so­ci­ated Press

In his push to re­open the na­tion’s schools, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has crit­i­cized CDC guide­lines and threat­ened to with­hold fund­ing from schools that don’t plan for in-class learn­ing. On Thurs­day, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion said it would not be re­vis­ing its guid­ance. We look at what the pres­i­dent can – and can’t – do.

Tran­scripts re­leased of body cam­era footage re­veal an ex­tended ac­count of the mo­ments lead­ing up to Ge­orge Floyd’s death, an abridged clip of which set into mo­tion months of on­go­ing protests against anti-Black racism and po­lice vi­o­lence.

In the ex­change, Floyd ap­pears to be def­er­en­tial to of­fi­cers as he pleads to not be put in a squad car and in­stead be re­strained on the ground, re­peat­edly telling them that he has claus­tro­pho­bia and anx­i­ety and is not car­ry­ing a weapon. He told of­fi­cers he couldn’t breathe nearly 30 times.

“I’ll do any­thing, I’ll do any­thing y’all tell me to, man,” he tells of­fi­cers early into the tran­script. “I’m not re­sist­ing, man. I’m not!”

Footage from po­lice body cam­eras used by Thomas Lane and J. Alexan­der Kueng – as well as tran­scripts from both cam­eras – was re­leased Wed­nes­day as part of for­mer of­fi­cer Thomas Lane’s plea to dis­miss charges of aid­ing and abet­ting Derek Chau­vin, who is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, third-de­gree mur­der and man­slaugh­ter af­ter pin­ning Floyd’s neck down and as­phyx­i­at­ing him with his knee for more than eight min­utes.

Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao are all charged with aid­ing and abet­ting both sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and man­slaugh­ter for their role in Floyd’s death.

Early in the footage, Lane ap­pears to pull his gun on the car Floyd was in. Floyd said, “Please don’t shoot me, Mr. Of­fi­cer,” ac­cord­ing to the tran­script.

Lane said he thought Floyd was “on some­thing.” “Why’s he get­ting all squir­relly and not show­ing us his hands. and just be­ing all weird like that?” he asks Floyd’s girl­friend, Shawanda Hill.

“I have no clue,” she said, “be­cause been shot be­fore . ... He have prob­lems all the time when they come, es­pe­cially when that man put that gun like that.”

At one point, Kueng tells Lane that he didn’t search him. Af­ter Floyd tells him he does not have “any­thing sharp,” both of­fi­cers ap­pear to search his pock­ets.

“All right, he‘s good. just look­ing for guns and what­ever,” Lane tells Floyd.

In the last mo­ments where Floyd is con­scious, he makes pleas to his fam­ily.

“Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” Floyd said at one point.

Chau­vin replies: “You’re do­ing a lot of talk­ing,”

“Mama, I love you. I can’t do noth­ing,” Floyd says, mo­ments af­ter.

Chau­vin tells him, sec­onds later: “Then stop talk­ing, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxy­gen to talk.”

Mean­while, Lane tells the other of­fi­cers he be­lieves Floyd was “on PCP or some­thing” due to “the shak­ing” of Floyd’s eyes.

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