AP reporter discusses new transcripts in Floyd case

The Associated Press
Created: July 10, 2020 02:56 PM

The transcripts for body camera videos of officers Thomas Lane and J. Kueng, officers involved in George Floyd's death were made public on Wednesday.


They provide the most detailed account yet of what happened as police were taking Floyd into custody on May 25, and reveal more of what was said after Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, was put on the ground.

As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died.

"You're going to kill me, man," Floyd said, according to a transcript of Lane's body camera video.

"Then stop talking, stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," said Derek Chauvin, the white officer who held his knee to Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes, even after Floyd stopped moving.

"They'll kill me. They'll kill me. I can't breathe. I can't breathe," Floyd said.

Amy Forliti, reporter with the Associated Press who has been covering the case since the beginning says the transcripts provide more details of Floyd's last moments.

"Well, the… the case is progressing through the court system, and these new transcripts to me were …were kind of surprise that they were filed. They are filed as evidence, as a motion to support Officer Thomas Lane's motion to get his case dismissed," she said.

Forliti says the transcripts do not paint Officer Chauvin in a good light, but it's too soon to analyze the effect they will have on the case.

"What sort of impact they will have on the case is is hard to say, but they're pretty telling once that that body camera video comes out, that will be even more telling because then we'll know what the officers saw. We'll have a better perspective of what they were seeing versus what …what they were just saying and possibly how they were handling George Floyd," she said.

The transcripts were made public as part of Lane's request to have the case against him dismissed.

Lane's attorney, Earl Gray, said in a memorandum that there isn't probable cause to charge his client, based on all of the evidence and the law.

Gray painted an image of a rookie officer who trusted Chauvin, a senior officer, after Floyd had been acting erratically, struggling and hurting himself during an arrest.

Gray said that once Floyd was on the ground, Lane had asked twice if officers should roll Floyd on his side, and Chauvin said no.

Gray also submitted the body camera footage itself, but that was not immediately made public.

The transcripts show Floyd appearing cooperative at times but becoming agitated as he begged not to be put in a squad car, saying repeatedly he was claustrophobic.


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