MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County judge overseeing the George Floyd case has made the body worn cameras from ex-officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng available.
On Friday, Judge Peter Cahill wrote in a court document, “Members of the Media Coalition, as well as other media and members of the public may obtain copies” of body camera footage from former Minneapolis police officers Kueng and Lane from George Floyd’s death — May 25, 2020. Until now, the Cahill allowed the footage to be viewed by appointment only.
The footage was made available to the public and media on Monday.
Ex-Officer Lane Video [Warning: Graphic Content]
In the video, Lane approaches Floyd, who was inside an SUV, and orders him to show his hands. The first words Floyd uttered as he opened the door was “I’m sorry.” Soon, Lane pulls his gun and continues to order Floyd to show his hands.
As transcripts of the body cam footage have previously detailed, Floyd appears to be distressed throughout the incident and says he’s been shot before. He repeatedly says he’s claustrophobic and has anxiety.
“OK, let me count to three and I’m going in,” Floyd said. “I’m not trying to win.”
After struggling to get him into the police squad, it is Floyd who first asks to be let out to lay on the ground.
“I want to lay on the ground,” Floyd said.
“Let’s take him out,” Lane said.
The body camera for ex-officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the incident, appeared to have come off at some point during the squad car struggle.
Derek Chauvin’s body camera fell off of at some point during the struggle in the squad car. Keung picks it up after Floyd gets in the ambulance and says, “Sir, is this yours?” #wcco #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/XJPDk33wB9
— Christiane Cordero (@ChristianeWCCO) August 10, 2020
Soon, Floyd is heard calling to his mother, repeatedly saying he can’t breathe and that everything hurts. Lane is heard asking twice if they should get Floyd on his side. Chauvin says no and that the ambulance is on the way.
At one point an officer says “you’re doing fine, you’re talking fine.” However, about six-and-a-half minutes in, Floyd became unresponsive and officers could not find a pulse. Both Lane and Kueng almost immediately get off of Floyd.
Ex-Officer Kueng Video [Warning: Graphic Content]
Floyd is later seen being taken inside the ambulance.
“Do you want one of us to ride with?” Lane asks in the video.
Lane gets in the ambulance and, at one point, helps with chest compressions. He later exits the ambulance and enters a nearby fire truck where he gives a brief summary of the incident. The video ends with them discussing heading back to Cup Foods.
Once Lane enters the ambulance, Kueng’s video shows the scene at Cup Foods following the incident. Kueng is seen interviewing an employee about the alleged counterfeit $20 bill and collecting evidence. At one point, medics show up in the store and ask where the ambulance is.
Floyd died in the incident, leading to protests throughout the country over systematic racism and police reform.
Last week, the Daily Mail had leaked portions of the Lane and Kueng footage to the public. Reporters granted permission by the court to view the footage last month confirm it as a recording of the body cam video.
The area just outside Cup Foods has become a memorial to Floyd and other people killed by police. Chauvin is the ex-Minneapolis officer seen in social media videos pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes. He faces murder charges, while Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao also face serious, but lesser charges.