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George Floyd Non-Compliant in Revealing Body Cam Footage


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Revealing footage shows Floyd kicked himself out of the squad car and consistently had difficulty following basic commands such as showing his hands and standing up. There is over a 10-minute period of struggle before Floyd was placed onto the ground.

Rebecca Brannon

July 15, 2020

For one day only, the George Floyd body camera footage was made available to view by appointment only at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. No recording allowed and no electronics allowed. The court gave individuals one hour to watch the videos from Office Lane and Officer Kueng– each video was each about 30 minutes.  There was a total of six one-hour viewing sessions, each allocated with 11 slots with 11 laptops available. Individuals were required to bring their own headphones and to wear a mask.

The following has been complied together from extensive, detailed notes I took while viewing these quite revealing videos. In brief, there is over a 10-minute period of struggle before Floyd was placed onto the ground. From the onset, George Floyd presented himself distraught, panicked, and erratic, making it difficult for officers to apprehend him; from the moment he is approached by officers, Floyd is non-compliant – from refusing to show his hands, stepping out of his vehicle, to refusing to get into the squad car. Consistently throughout the footage, a panicked Floyd struggles to comply with basic commands such as standing up.

THE FOLLOWING DETAILS HAVE BEEN DERIVED FROM DETAILED NOTES. I’VE CHOSEN TO BOLD IN PLACE OF NOTED TIMESTAMPS RELEVANT TO THE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE TO HELP PRESENT A BETTER REPRESENTATION OF TIME.

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An officer is heard asking, rather exasperated, “What are you on?!” and stating “he’s gotta’ be on something…” He continues to guess PCP, asks the other officers if they found anything else with the pipe and mentions how Floyd’s eyes were “shaking”.

For about the next 10 minutes, it plays out as what the rest of the world has only seen and known from the infamous cellphone footage.

The body camera footage is not public and no other announcements have been made to make it public. The original transcripts released are filled with too many errors to fact check currently, as noted by many other journalists and individuals who viewed the footage.

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