A new video has surfaced showing the chaotic scene at the time a Minneapolis police officer allegedly murdered George Floyd last month.
Ben Crump, the lawyer for Floyd’s family, first posted the video on social media on Sunday morning.
“Beyond disturbing, even harder to watch than the 1st video,” Crump tweeted.
CrimeOnline advises discretion in viewing the below video:
NEW VIDEO OF #GEORGEFLOYD’S MURDER! Beyond disturbing, even harder to watch than the 1st video. “You’re going to let him kill that man in front of you?” Thao stood guard as Chauvin KILLED George … while bystanders tried to save his life (Full video: https://t.co/bog11TZcDt) pic.twitter.com/coNI2oIb8l
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 14, 2020
The video shows bystanders begging Minneapolis police officers to check Floyd’s pulse as his lifeless body lies on the street and under officer Derek Chauvin, who can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
“He’s not moving!” one person says.
“Get off of his neck!” another yells.
Meanwhile, as Chauvin continues to kneel on Floyd’s neck, officer Tou Thao faces the bystanders and orders them to stay away.
One of the bystanders appears to ask Thao, “you’re going to let him kill that man in front of you?”
In another part of the video, Thao appears to confront one of the bystanders and then says “do not touch me again.” One of the witnesses tells Thao, “you touched him.”
The video shows paramedics arriving and moving Floyd into an ambulance, which then departs the scene to a hospital, where Floyd was later pronounced dead.
All four officers who responded to the call have been fired and criminally charged in connection with Floyd’s death, which occurred on Memorial Day on Minneapolis’ south side. Officers had responded to a report that someone matching Floyd’s description had allegedly attempted to use fake currency at a grocery store.
Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous,” the criminal complaint against Chauvin states. “Officer Chauvin’s restraint of Mr. Floyd in this manner for a prolonged period was a substantial factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd’s death as well.”
The three other officers at the scene, including Thao, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence, according to the newspaper.
Crump on Sunday released what he said is the full video on Instagram and wrote in a post: “The four ex-officers MUST be convicted of MURDER for this hideous atrocity! They MUST all be held accountable!!”
Floyd’s killing has sparked weeks of protests around the United States calling out police brutality and systemic racism, and has prompted discussions about whether the structure and culture of modern policing needs reform.
All four officers are due back in court June 29, according to the newspaper.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode: