NEW YORK, APR 1 (ANSA) – During yet another day of hearings for the death of George Floyd, committed by white police officer Derek Chauvin, a new video with images of that fateful May 25, 2020 shows the American begging not to be dead and saying “don’t be a bad guy”.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by suffocation after Chauvin spent nearly nine minutes with his knee on his neck. The approach came about because the man had used a fake $ 20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes at a store in Minneapolis.
The images shown to the jury are from the camera in the uniform of Agent Thomas Lane, who is also being investigated for the death, but in a separate case. Floyd begs the cops “not to shoot him” and says he “just lost his mother”. Until the moment he is taken to the vehicle, he says that he will “do whatever they say” and that he will not confront the agents.
However, when placed in the vehicle, Floyd starts to cry and resists, saying he suffers from claustrophobia in an apparent anxiety crisis. Then, Chauvin and another agent, Tou Thao, also appear in the images. The three take the man out of the car and lay him on the floor, with Chauvin placing his knee on his neck.
Several times, as revealed in other videos, Floyd says he can’t breathe and asks people to say that he loves his children. Chauvin quips the scene and says that “it takes a lot of oxygen to keep saying that”.
It is also possible to hear several witnesses criticizing the police for their approach and asking for Floyd’s pulse to be felt. This phase of the process is also listening to those who followed all the action and, on Wednesday, among them, was the young Christopher Martin, 19, who was the one who received the false note.
According to his testimony, Floyd appeared to be “high,” but he was “friendly and approachable” inside the store and with employees.
Martin pointed out that he realized the note was fake because of the textures, but said he doubted Floyd knew about it.
The boy said he thought about letting the store deduct the $ 20 from his salary, but decided to report it to the manager. Another official was the one who called the police. Martin also revealed that he feels “guilty” for everything that happened because if “he had just not accepted the note, it could all be avoided”.
The case against Chauvin is expected to last until May. While the prosecution says the policeman “betrayed his badge” by killing Floyd, the defense will use the thesis that the man died from drugs and not from the agent’s approach – even though the autopsy showed asphyxiation as the cause of the death. .
Floyd’s death was the trigger for the intense demonstrations against the racism of the Black Lives Matter movement and that demand a major reform of the methods of the American police, since episodes of the type are registered frequently. (ANSA).
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