Ex-cop’s video captures crowd’s horror during Floyd arrest

Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd.

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August 14, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Greta McClain and two other artists paint a mural of George Floyd on the wall of Cup Foods in Minneapolis during a third day of protests following Floyd's death while in police custody, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Floyd, 46-year-old Minneapolis resident was an early member of legendary Houston hip-hop innovator DJ Screw's crew. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd.

The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Floyd died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on a south Minneapolis street May 25 as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. The death sparked massive protests across the U.S. and beyond against racial injustice and police brutality.

Thao held back a crowd of nearly a dozen bystanders, many taping the scene with their cellphones, as Chauvin pinned Floyd with his knee. Two other officers, Thomas Lane and J. Kueng, held down Floyd, who was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

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