The bodycam footage showing the full arrest of George Floyd has been published after being shown in a US court.
The footage shows rookie cop Thomas Lane approaching Floyd in a car outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis in the US by tapping on the window with a gun. The following minutes include Floyd being handcuffed before being led to another police car where he appears to be beaten in the back seat by officers while pleading for his life.
The bodycam footage, published by the Daily Mail, shows the minutes before Floyd was filmed by a bystander laying on the street as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The incident would kill Floyd and spark violent ongoing protests in more than a hundred US cities.
According to CNN, the footage was available for viewing in court but had not been available for publication. Daily Mail did not reveal how it gained access to the bodycam.
Ben Crump, the lawyer representing George Floyd’s family, said the footage demonstrates Floyd did not pose a threat.
The footage shows former Minneapolis Police officer Lane approaching Floyd’s car window and asking him to put his hands on the steering wheel. Lane has his gun drawn. Floyd appears distressed.
Lane’s bodycam then shows Floyd pulled from the car and handcuffed. The officers then talk with bystanders and seat Floyd on the ground for a few moments next to a nearby building.
Floyd is then stood up and walked across the road to the front of the Cup Foods store to another waiting police car, where they push him against the vehicle and search his pockets.
At this point Floyd begins pleading with the officers, saying “please”.
“Please officer don’t shoot me.”
The officers then try to push Floyd into the police car, and he resists. Leaning out of the car Floyd tells the officers, “I’m scared”.
“I’m not that kind of guy,” he says.
“I’m not a bad guy,” he says again before starting to scream. At this point the officer moves around the car and Floyd is obscured from view.
A scuffle appears to then take place in the back of the car and Floyd can be heard screaming for more than a minute. He begins screaming, “I can’t breathe” while in the back of the police car.