Full Body Camera Footage From George Floyd Killing Leaked To The Press

Cheryl Sanders
August 4, 2020

The officers got Floyd in the vehicle, but somehow he got out of the passenger side door, while still struggling, and that was when Chauvin pinned him by the neck to the sidewalk, with Lane and Kueng restraining him.

Demonstrations that began in Floyd's name have escalated into some of the most disturbing and shocking images in our nation's history - police teargassing protesters with abandon, badgeless, unidentified federal officers occupying United States cities, young trans activists being abducted by cops in unmarked vans.

It is likely, noted the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that the videos were recorded during an appointment viewing inside the Hennepin County Courthouse via cell phone.

The Daily Mail published an article with the videos on its website at 10:53 a.m. The Daily Mail released two videos of his arrest taken from the body cameras of two officers charged in connection with his death.

Hennepin County District Court spokesman Spenser Bickett confirmed that the court was aware of the leak, and said an investigation was underway. Kueng and Lane were the first cops to arrive on the scene after a complaint that Floyd attempted to use a fake $20 bill.

A coalition of media organizations is challenging the viewing restrictions, arguing the videos should be made available to the public.

This resulted in two more cops, Chauvin and Tau Thao being called in to arrest. Chauvin refused, and Lane said he was anxious about the "excited delirium".

Lane knocked on the auto window with his flashlight, and when Floyd opened the door, Lane pointed his handgun at the man's head.

Minneapolis experiencing a 46% increase in carjackings and a 36% increase in robberies compared to this same time past year, according to a local CBS affiliate WCCO's report.

Ben Crump, the attorney for the Floyd family, said the footage reinforces that Floyd posed no threat to the four officers.

With the amount of information we already have, this new footage (confirmed by NBC News as the same video shown during during pre-trial hearings for the officers) simply provides greater context to the tragic murder. "The officers' contradictions continue to build". He also says the fateful words, "I can't breathe", before he is on the ground and before anyone is seen applying pressure to his neck. Floyd's death also catapulted the little-known police abolition movement to national prominence, with initiatives underway from NY to Minneapolis to defund or even disband police forces. Kueng and Thao are also facing two charges each of aiding and abetting.

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

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