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George Floyd Said "I Can’t Breathe" More Than 20 Times In Last Moments But Officers Told Him To "Stop Yelling"

George Floyd Said "I Can’t Breathe" More Than 20 Times In Last Moments But Officers Told Him To "Stop Yelling"

George Floyd was scared and told the police not to shoot him on being detained.

George Floyd's death initiated the imperative conversation relating to racial discrimination in the United States and in countries all across the globe. It gave rise to a new revolution and motivated many to stand up in front of those that blatantly disregarded the rights of a selected group in the society.

However, nothing has taken away the heart-wrenching pain of Floyd's death. While the details of his final moments are devastating already, more chilling insights have been revealed in a new transcript.



 

According to People, Floyd said, "I can't breathe" more than 20 times before he finally died. He even told them repeatedly that he was going to be killed by them.

He pleaded to officer Derek Chauvin and called out to his children and his deceased mother but nothing changed the officer's mind.



 

Instead of loosening his grip on the 46-year-old man, the cruel officer replied, "Then stop talking, stop yelling. Takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to say that," while pressing his knee on Floyd's neck. He also said, "You're doing a lot of talking, man."

Helpless and suffocated, Floyd responded by calling out to his mother. He said, "Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing." He continued, "Come on, man. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe." Not one of the other three officers seemed to be affected by his pleas. None of them tried to stop Chauvin from causing Floyd's death. They stood by and asked the dying man to "relax."



 

The transcript revealed an unidentified male saying, "Tough guy. Tough guy, huh?," alluding to Floyd. Meanwhile, the middle-aged man was battling to stay alive under Chauvin's knee. "They're going to kill me. They're going to kill me. I can't breathe," repeated Floyd, according to People. Moments later, he said, "Please, sir. Please," and took his last breath. 

Minutes later, Thomas Lane, one of three other officers, who helped Chauvin press the man down told him, "I think [he's] passing out." Chauvin then goes on to enquire about the well-being of the officers asking them, "You guys all right, though?." Officer, J. Alexander Kueng replied, "Good so far?"  Meanwhile, Lane claimed his knee might be a little scratched. He added, "but I'll survive."

The transcript also stated that on being detained, Floyd implored the officers not to shoot him. He also told them that he was "scared." Further, when the officers told him to get into the patrol car, he said, "Please, man. Don't leave me by myself man, please. I'm just claustrophobic, that's it." He informed them that he had recently recovered from the deadly virus and indicated his panicked distress. However, the transcript does not state at what point Chauvin pinned Floyd down. 

The transcripts were filed by officer Lane to convince the court to dismiss the charges against him. The court had charged the officers involved in the case with "aiding and abetting — without intent — second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk," according to The New York Times.



 

Lane, along with officers, Kueng and Tou Thao has been released on bond from Hennepin County jail. Meanwhile, Chauvin responsible for pressing his knee and suffocating Floyd to death remains in prison. His bail is set at $1.25 million.

Previously, he was charged with third-degree murder but his charges were heightened to include second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter, according to People. However, none of the officers has pleaded guilty and they also waived off their right for a fast trial.



 

The actions of these policemen were condemned by the public and even other officers in the police force. "Mr. Floyd died in our hands and so I see that as being complicit," said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who fired the officers involved in the incident. "Silence and inaction — you're complicit. You're complicit. If there were one solitary voice that would have intervened ... that's what I would have hoped for," added the chief, alluding to the other officers.

Floyd's death has sparked a major civil rights movement which continues with no signs of abating. They continue to raise their voices against police brutality and discrimination in the future.

References: 

https://people.com/crime/george-floyd-transcript-i-cant-breathe-20-times/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/derek-chauvin-court-hearing.html
https://daily.lessonslearnedinlife.com/death-of-george-floyd-family-grieves-police-brutality-racial-violence