The most heartbreaking moments from the transcript of George Floyd's final moments

Joanna Taylor
Thursday 09 July 2020 09:30
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A heartbreaking transcript of the final moments of George Floyd's life has been made public for the first time.

The transcript of officers's bodycam footage was released in support of a legal bid to dismiss charges against former officer Thomas Lane.

Lane was the first officer to approach Floyd, demanding he get into a police car. Floyd instead lay on the ground because he felt claustrophobic.

Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with the second degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, then knelt on Floyd's neck while he was on the ground.

Bystander videos of Floyd's death on 25 May were witnessed around the world, sparking the international Black Lives Matter protests.

Chauvin and Lane, as well as officers J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao who were also present at the scene, were fired from the Minnesota Police Force.

Lane, Kueng and Thao were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.

The new transcript reveals heartbreaking details from the lead up to George Floyd's death that the cameras didn't capture.

The following extracts are extremely upsetting.

Floyd told police he had been shot before.

Floyd: I got shot.

Lane: Keep your f*cking hands on the wheel.

Floyd: Yes, sir. I'm sorry officer.

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I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. God dang, man. Man, I got, I got shot the same way Mr Officer, before.

Lane: Ok. Well, when I say, 'let me see your hands', you put your f*cking hands up.

Floyd's family lawyer, Ben Crump, is yet to comment on the transcript, or confirm whether Floyd has been shot before.

But Shawanda Rennee Hill, who was present during Floyd's death, corroborated his claim.

Lane: Why's he getting all squirrelly and not showing us his hands, and just being all weird like that?

Hill: I have no clue, because he's been shot before.

Floyd said he didn't want to get into the police car because of the risk of coronavirus.

Floyd: Y'all I'm going to die in here! I'm going to die, man!

Kueng: You need to take a seat right now!

Floyd: And I just had COVID man, I don't want to go back to that.

Lane: Okay, roll the windows down.

Chauvin told Floyd he was "doing a lot of talking" for someone claiming they can't breathe.

Floyd: I can't breathe or nothing, man. This is cold blooded man. Ah-! Ah-Ah! Ah-Ah!

Chauvin: You're doing a lot of talking, man.

George Floyd: Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing

Chauvin then told Floyd "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk".

Floyd: I can't breathe officer.

Chauvin: Then stop talking, stop yelling.

Floyd: You're going to kill me, man.

Chauvin: Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.

Chauvin refused to allow Lane to move Floyd as he struggled to breathe.

Lane: Should we roll him on his side?

Chauvin: No, he's staying put where we got him.

Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times. These were his final words.

Floyd: Come on, man. Oh, oh. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe. Ah!

They'll kill me. They'll kill me. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. Ah! Ah! Please. Please. Please.

The officers present at the scene called an ambulance for Floyd and attempted CPR, but it was too late.

Bystanders tried to warn the officers that Floyd was unconscious, but were ignored.

Floyd's death shone a light on racist police brutality in the US.

Some people attending protests in the wake of his death marched with signs that read "I can't breathe".

The protests took on international significance, with calls for justice for Black victims of police brutality and systemic racism around the world.

Legal proceedings involving the officers present during Floyd's death are ongoing. The full transcript can be read here.

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