George Floyd pleaded for air more than 20 times

George Floyd pleaded for air more than 20 times

Washington. Transcripts taken from police officers’ body cameras reveal new details in the case of the killed George Floyd. The transcripts document how Floyd begged for breath – and how the officials reacted to it.

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A picture of the victim George Floyd is part of the makeshift memorial for him that was built near the place where he was taken into police custody (archive picture).

The transcript of a body camera video from the police shows that Floyd had been begging for air more than 20 times before his death. According to the paper, his last words were: “You will kill me. I cannot breathe.” Meanwhile, the case of a violently killed black teenager in a correctional facility shakes the United States.

On Tuesday, one of the police officers involved in the Floyd case submitted the video of his body camera to the court. It appears that when Floyd arrested on May 25, he asked the officers not to put him in the police car because he was claustrophobic.

When the police tried to force him into the car, he called out according to the transcript that he would “die in here”. Floyd later said, “Mom, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.” Floyd is said to have said “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times – “I can’t breathe”.

According to the recording, the video also hears officials telling Floyd to “relax.” When Floyd pleaded that they would kill him, police officer Derek Chauvin replied: “Then stop talking, stop screaming. Talking costs a hell of a lot of oxygen.”

Chauvin was the cop who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. He is charged with “second degree murder”. This roughly corresponds to homicide in a particularly serious case and can be punished with up to 40 years in prison. Chauvin and three other police officers involved were released the day after Floyd’s death.

The transcript was released on Tuesday by Thomas Lane, one of the accused police officers, to a Minnesota court. Lane wants to dispel the allegation of aiding and abetting a homicide.

Floyd had been arrested by the police on suspicion of a minor counterfeiting offense. His death sparked national and global demonstrations against excessive police violence and racism. Floyd’s desperate words “I can’t breathe” became the watchword of the demonstrators.

In response to Floyd’s death and protests, police reforms have been launched in several US cities. The U.S. Congress also has legislative proposals for police reform.

Meanwhile, the violent death of an African-American teenager in a U.S. correctional facility causes outrage: a video shows how 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks was overturned, pushed to the ground, and by several male employees in the Michigan state institution by the end of April is choked. Fredericks had previously thrown a sandwich on another boy in the cafeteria. He died two days after the incident. The case is strongly reminiscent of the death of George Flyod.

The footage recorded by surveillance cameras shows how the teenager apparently loses consciousness after around ten minutes. Employees try to resuscitate him and then call for medical help.

The video was released by the lawyer of Fredericks’ family. This raised the allegation that the 16-year-old was “executed”. The seven employees who would have pushed the youngster to the ground would have deprived him of oxygen and severely damaged his brain.

Three employees of the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo have now been formally accused by the US judiciary of the incident. They are accused of negligent killing and ill-treatment of a minor.

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