In the video, taken by security cameras at a grocery store, it is possible to see Floyd entering the establishment to buy a pack of cigarettes. He gets to talk to people inside the counter in a friendly and smiling way.
Minutes later, the police were called by store employees who suspected the former security guard had attempted to pay the bill on a counterfeit $ 20 bill.
So far, only recordings of the police action outside the establishment had been released.
The video of Floyd’s death, recorded and broadcast live on social media on May 25, 2020, sparked protests against police violence even in other countries.
The recording presented on Wednesday captured moments before the police arrived and was broadcast during the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of Floyd’s death.
The ex-white policeman had his knee on the neck of Floyd, a black man, for almost 9 minutes, before losing consciousness and dying hours later in the hospital.
With 19 years in the police, before being fired last year, Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison. The sentence is expected to be announced in late April or early May.
The trial takes place in a heavily guarded Minneapolis room. The 14-member jury is racially mixed: six white women, three black men, two white men and three black women.
Police officers are rarely convicted in the United States and sentencing on any of the charges against Chauvin will require the jury to issue a unanimous verdict.
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