George Floyd’s Murder Trial: New Footage Shows Him Pleading ‘I’m Not A Bad Guy’
Published in Apr 2021 / Updated in Aug 2021
According to a new police bodycam video, there’s proof that despite Floyd’s attempts to reassure the police that he wouldn’t be a problem, Derek Chauvin still went on to kill him mercilessly.
The footage has been released during Chauvin’s ongoing trial, and it helps shed more light on the senseless death of George Floyd.
The former police officer is facing charges for second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as third second-degree manslaughter after the tragic 2020 incident. Chauvin, 45, knelt on Floyd’s neck in an attempt to retain him but ended up causing his death.
A week into the trial, a lot of testimonies have been given by witnesses, including a fireman the police prevented from helping Floyd.
The video also shows Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Keung, who are also facing aiding and abetting charges. Unfortunately, during the deadly encounter, Chauvin’s bodycam fell to the ground.
Consequently, it was not submitted as evidence in court.
At the time of his death, Floyd was 46. In the video, he can be seen pleading with the cops not to kill him.
The cops stopped him after he tried to use a fake $20 note at a store.
In the video, he said:
“Please don’t shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom.”
He also went on to reassure the police officers that he would cooperate with them:
“I’m not a bad guy, man.”
Eventually, when the policemen had problems putting him in the car, they dragged him out, and Chauvin leaned on his neck as he lay on the floor.
At this point, Floyd shouted saying:
“I love you mama… I can’t breathe.”
The phrase “I can’t breathe” was used by protesters who stood up against police brutality in consideration of the man’s final words.
Sadly, based on a report by The New York Times, 70 different people have spoken these words before losing their lives while in police custody. Some of them include Eric Garner, Byron Williams, and Derrick Scott.
Jerry Blackwell, the prosecutor, had earlier stated that by doing what he did, Chauvin had betrayed the badge by using excessive and unreasonable force upon the body of Mr. George Floyd.
The prosecutor went on to tell the court it was about to learn what happened in the nine minutes and 29 seconds that Chauvin applied excessive force on George Floyd’s body:
“You will hear his voice get heavier. You will hear his words get further and further apart. You will hear his respiration get shallower and shallower until it finally stops.”
Blackwell also told the court that it was about to learn that the use of excessive and unreasonable force against a citizen is an assault:
“We are going to show you that putting knees on somebody’s neck, somebody’s back, was a dangerous activity, and he did it without consideration for the impact it would have on Floyd’s life.”
Since the video showing George Floyd dying due to the excessive force on his neck by the police officer as others stood by, this case has drawn a lot of criticism against the police. It was the reason behind many protests in several states around the country in the year 2020.