Police officers want videos on their bodies

Court evaluates body cameras of police officers in the Floyd trial

Vienna - In the criminal case for the violent death of the African American George Floyd, the body cameras of the four police officers involved in the operation were evaluated. The recordings that the prosecution presented in front of the court in Minneapolis on Wednesday show the arrest of Floyd on May 25, 2020. It shows how the accused white policeman Derek Chauvin presses his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes, despite the fact that he has complained several times, he can't breathe.

The videos show the arrest of Floyd by four police officers at gunpoint because he is said to have paid with an allegedly false $ 20 bill. On one of the recordings, Floyd can be heard saying "Please don't shoot me" as the officers pull him out of his car in front of the store. The police handcuff him and take him to a patrol car.

The videos show Floyd's increasing nervousness as the police try to put him in the back of the car in the video. "I'm claustrophobic, man," he says repeatedly. "Why are you doing this to me?"

"I can not breath"

Floyd falls onto the street next to the car, whereupon three officers hold him and Chavin presses his knee on his neck. Chauvin's camera comes loose during the argument and falls under the car, but his colleagues' cameras continue to film. Floyd keeps saying, "I can't breathe." Later in the footage, one of the policemen says, "I think he's passed out" and asks if they should "roll him over". The footage continues until an ambulance arrives and takes the unconscious Floyd to the hospital, where he is pronounced dead.

Floyd's death, captured on a cell phone video, sparked unprecedented protests by the Black Lives Matter movement against racism and police violence in the United States.

Chauvin is on trial in Minnesota, USA, on charges of murder and manslaughter. The 44-year-old could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, second-degree murder. Since the public cannot participate in the negotiation due to the corona pandemic, it will be broadcast on the Internet. The process is expected to take about a month to complete.

Three other former police officers were also charged in connection with Floyd's death. They are to be brought to court individually at a later date. (APA, April 1, 2021)