(VIA USA TODAY) 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.