The scene has burned itself into the memory of an entire nation: a policeman kneels on the neck of George Floyd, who later dies of it. His words continue to echo: “I cannot breathe” more than 20 times. Police transcripts expose Floyd’s last minutes.
According to newly published transcripts, African-American George Floyd said “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times before his death in a police operation in late May – I can’t breathe. The transcripts came from the body cameras of the now accused police officers and were released by a court in the US state of Minnesota.
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Among other things, it shows how Floyd kept begging officials to let him go. “I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe. Ah! I will probably die this way,” the court documents say, among other things.
The unarmed Floyd was brutally arrested on May 25 in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death led to mass protests across the country against police violence and racism. The police had arrested Floyd on suspicion of paying with a false $ 20 bill. They pushed him to the ground on the street. A white officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes. Floyd passed out and died on the spot, the autopsy revealed.
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The transcripts also show that Floyd was scared from the start, apparently begging one of the police officers before the physical argument not to shoot him, please. “You are acting somewhat unpredictably,” one official says to him at one point. Floyd replied, “I’m scared, man.” In the further course, it becomes clear again and again that Floyd and the police officers have problems communicating with each other. Again and again, the detainee also says that he suffers from claustrophobia and therefore has difficulties getting into the police car. Then there was the argument, as a result of which Floyd died.
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