WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former Police Officer Derek Chauvin dismissed pleas of being unable to breathe from George Floyd.
- Former Police Officer Thomas Lane files requests to dismiss charges and requested the release of official transcripts of body cameras.
- Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter charges after the incident, while other police officers involved are charged with aiding and abetting, second-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The transcripts of body camera video recordings from two police officers involved in the in-police custody murder show that the police officer dismissed over 20 pleas of being unable to breathe. George Floyd died in police custody after arresting police officer pinned him on the ground, unable to breathe for eight minutes.
Thomas Lane is one of the police officers discharged after the controversial in-custody murder case. The transcript from the body camera on the former police officer indicates that the victim said “You’re going to kill me, man,” as police officers pinned him down on the ground.
Derek Chauvin, who used the knee-on-neck maneuver on the victim, replied. “Then stop talking, stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” he said.
On Wednesday, the police department released official transcripts from the body cameras of police officers involved. However, the actual footage is not included. Lane requested this release, in part of his defense and request to have the charges filed against his person dropped.
Lane was holding the legs of the victim during the arrest. The transcript indicates that the rookie police officer asked his senior officers twice about rolling the victim onto his side. However, Chauvin refused.
Earl Gray said that that there is no probable cause to charge his client. “Lane had no basis to believe Chauvin was wrong in making that decision,” the legal representative to the former police officer wrote in a memorandum.
This in-custody murder case started a global movement that opposes racial injustice and police brutality.
The many videos posted online shows that bystanders told arresting police officers to check for the victim’s pulse. Former Police Officer J. Kueng checked and said, “I can’t find one.”
Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges after the incident. Other responding police officers on the scene face aiding and abetting, second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The Attorney General’s Office announced that prosecutors plan to oppose Lane’s motion to dismiss.
Source: New York Post