Breaking News: A defendant in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging, heard a co-defendant use a racist slur after shooting him, an official testified
Largely peaceful protests stretched into their 10th day, as George Floyd’s family prepared for a memorial in Minneapolis on Thursday.
8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police CustodyThe Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal. (This video contains scenes of graphic violence.)
It’s a Monday evening in Minneapolis. Police respond to a call about a man who allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Seventeen minutes later, the man they are there to investigate lies motionless on the ground, and is pronounced dead shortly after. The man was 46-year-old George Floyd, a bouncer originally from Houston who had lost his job at a restaurant when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Crowd: “No justice, no peace.” Floyd’s death triggered major protests in Minneapolis, and sparked rage across the country. One of the officers involved, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The other three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder. The Times analyzed bystander videos, security camera footage and police scanner audio, spoke to witnesses and experts, and reviewed documents released by the authorities to build as comprehensive a picture as possible and better understand how George Floyd died in police custody. The events of May 25 begin here. Floyd is sitting in the driver’s seat of this blue S.U.V. Across the street is a convenience store called Cup Foods. Footage from this restaurant security camera helps us understand what happens next. Note that the timestamp on the camera is 24 minutes fast. At 7:57 p.m., two employees from Cup Foods confront Floyd and his companions about an alleged counterfeit bill he just used in their store to buy cigarettes. They demand the cigarettes back but walk away empty-handed. Four minutes later, they call the police. According to the 911 transcript, an employee says that Floyd used fake bills to buy cigarettes, and that he is “awfully drunk” and “not in control of himself.” Soon, the first police vehicle arrives on the scene. Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng step out of the car and approach the blue S.U.V. Seconds later, Lane pulls his gun. We don’t know exactly why. He orders Floyd to put his hands on the wheel. Lane reholsters the gun, and after about 90 seconds of back and forth, yanks Floyd out of the S.U.V. A man is filming the confrontation from a car parked behind them. The officers cuffed Floyd’s hands behind his back. And Kueng walks him to the restaurant wall. “All right, what’s your name?” From the 911 transcript and the footage, we now know three important facts: First, that the police believed they were responding to a man who was drunk and out of control. But second, even though the police were expecting this situation, we can see that Floyd has not acted violently. And third, that he seems to already be in distress. Six minutes into the arrest, the two officers move Floyd back to their vehicle. As the officers approach their car, we can see Floyd fall to the ground. According to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin, the officer who’s later arrested, Floyd says he is claustrophobic and refuses to enter the police car. During the struggle, Floyd appears to turn his head to address the officers multiple times. According to the complaint, he tells them he can’t breathe. Nine minutes into the arrest, the third and final police car arrives on the scene. It’s carrying officers Tou Thao and Derek Chauvin. Both have previous records of complaints brought against them. Thao was once sued for throwing a man to the ground and hitting him. Chauvin has been involved in three police shootings, one of them fatal. Chauvin becomes involved in the struggle to get Floyd into the car. Security camera footage from Cup Foods shows Kueng struggling with Floyd in the backseat while Thao watches. Chauvin pulls him through the back seat and onto the street. We don’t know why. Floyd is now lying on the pavement, face down. That’s when two witnesses began filming, almost simultaneously. The footage from the first witness shows us that all four officers are now gathered around Floyd. It’s the first moment when we can clearly see that Floyd is face down on the ground with three officers applying pressure to his neck, torso and legs. At 8:20 p.m., we hear Floyd’s voice for the first time. The video stops when Lane appears to tell the person filming to walk away. “Get off to the sidewalk, please. One side or the other, please.” The officers radio a Code 2, a call for non-emergency medical assistance, reporting an injury to Floyd’s mouth. In the background, we can hear Floyd struggling. The call is quickly upgraded to a Code 3, a call for emergency medical assistance. By now another bystander, 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, is filming from a different angle. Her footage shows that despite calls for medical help, Chauvin keeps Floyd pinned down for another seven minutes. We can’t see whether Kueng and Lane are still applying pressure. Floyd: [gasping] Officer: “What do you want?” Bystander: “I’ve been —” Floyd: [gasping] In the two videos, Floyd can be heard telling officers that he can’t breathe at least 16 times in less than five minutes. Bystander: “You having fun?” But Chauvin never takes his knee off of Floyd, even as his eyes close and he appears to go unconscious. Bystander: “Bro.” According to medical and policing experts, these four police officers are committing a series of actions that violate policies, and in this case, turn fatal. They’ve kept Floyd lying face down, applying pressure for at least five minutes. This combined action is likely compressing his chest, and making it impossible to breathe. Chauvin is pushing his knee into Floyd’s neck, a move banned by most police departments. Minneapolis Police Department policy states an officer can only do this if someone is, quote, “actively resisting.” And even though the officers call for medical assistance, they take no action to treat Floyd on their own while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Officer: “Get back on the sidewalk.” According to the complaint against Chauvin, Lane asks him twice if they should roll Floyd onto his side. Chauvin says no. Twenty minutes into the arrest, an ambulance arrives on the scene. Bystander: “Get off of his neck!” Bystander: “He’s still on him?” The E.M.T.s check Floyd’s pulse. Bystander: “Are you serious?” Chauvin keeps his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost another whole minute, even though Floyd appears completely unresponsive. He only gets off once the E.M.T.s tell him to. Chauvin’s kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to the complaint filed against him. Floyd is loaded into the ambulance. The ambulance leaves the scene, possibly because a crowd is forming. But the E.M.T.s call for additional medical help from the fire department. But when the engine arrives, the officers give them, quote, “no clear info on Floyd or his whereabouts,” according to a fire department incident report. This delays their ability to help the paramedics. Meanwhile, Floyd is going into cardiac arrest. It takes the engine five minutes to reach Floyd in the ambulance. He’s pronounced dead at a nearby hospital around 9:25 p.m. Floyd’s preliminary autopsy report, cited in the complaint against Chauvin, found that the combined effects of being restrained by the police and underlying heart disease likely contributed to his death. The widely circulated arrest videos don’t paint the entire picture of what happened to George Floyd. Crowd: “Floyd! Floyd! Floyd!” Additional video and audio from the body cameras of the key officers would reveal more about why the struggle began and how it escalated. The city quickly fired all four officers. And Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. But for many, none of this has been enough, and outrage over George Floyd’s death has only spread further and further across the United States.
The Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal. (This video contains scenes of graphic violence.)A longtime friend of George Floyd who was in the passenger seat of Mr. Floyd’s car when he was arrested said on Wednesday night that
Mr. Floyd had tried to defuse the tensions with the police and did not resist.“He was, from the beginning, trying in his humblest form to show he was not resisting in no form or way,” said Maurice Lester Hall, 42, who was taken into custody in Houston on Monday and interrogated overnight by Minnesota state investigators, according to his lawyer.
“I could hear him pleading, ‘Please, officer, what’s all this for?’” Mr. Hall said in an interview with Erica L. Green of The New York Times on Wednesday night.Mr. Hall recounted Mr. Floyd’s last moments.“He was just crying out at that time for anyone to help, because he was dying,” Mr. Hall said. “I’m going to always remember seeing the fear in Floyd’s face, because he’s such a king. That’s what sticks with me: seeing a grown man cry, before seeing a grown man die.”
Mr. Hall is a key witness in the state’s investigation into the four officers who apprehended Mr. Floyd.A student struck with a bean-bag round at a protest in Austin has brain damage, his brother says.ImageDemonstrators at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Tex., in May.
Credit...Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated PressJustin Howell was not the demonstrator who threw a water bottle on Sunday at officers guarding police headquarters, Chief Brian Manley of the Austin police said. It was not Mr. Howell, but someone next to him, who then hurled a backpack toward the officers, the chief said.
But as officers responded with force, it was Mr. Howell, 20, astudent studying political science at Texas State University, who was struck in the head with a bean-bag round fired by the police. Mr. Howell was critically injured.The encounter is expected to be discussed at an Austin City Council hearing on Thursday afternoon about the actions of the police during the protests.
In anarticle published Wednesday in The Battalion, the student newspaper of Texas A&M University, Mr. Howells’ brother Joshua Howell wrote that Justin, who is black, sustained a skull fracture and brain damage and that doctors said he would probably not recover quickly.
“These ‘less-lethal’ munitions are only ‘less-lethal’ by technicality,” Joshua Howell, who is the opinion editor of the newspaper, wrote. “My brother’s condition shows what can happen when you fire them into a crowd.”Saying the police in Austin were “entirely out of their depth,” Joshua Howell wrote that when
peoplecarried his brother’s limp bodyto the headquarters building for medical help, the police fired at them, too — as they had been told to do by other officers — a sequence of events that Chief Manley said on Monday was under investigation.“At minimum, it shows a complete inability to be aware of your surroundings and to manage the situation appropriately,” Joshua Howell wrote.
The Austin Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.‘He tries to divide us,’ Jim Mattis says of President Trump.ImageProtesters outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.Credit...Anna Moneymaker/The New York TimesFormer Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in his harshest criticism of President Trump since resigning in protest in December 2018 over the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from eastern Syria,
offered a withering take on Wednesday of Mr. Trump’s leadership.“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mr. Mattis said in a statement. “Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Mr. Mattis wrote. “Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander in chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”Read more: The New York Times »
What BS. Beyond weak HEY StupidsOnKnee Dems don’t own this. They will wear a hoodie, kneel because they need Votes, but after will forget & get nothing done until 4 yrs from now. These Bad Cop shooting in Dem States like Ferguson with Mayors , DA’s all Dems. Like happened after Eric Gardner What changed? Not Priority
we want a retraction on TomCottonAR op-ed Most of them are at Pelosi Mansion eating ice creme and giving antifa directions next Too bad they hate Jesus Christ so much that they DON'T FOLLOW HIM AND BEND A KNEE. Is it really a coincidence that poor people are having serious problems in liberal cities? Race is being used as a weapon to keep money flowing to liberal leaders that then create these situations to drive even more money their way.
It is about bloody time. DEMs should be at the forefront of all of this!!!!! Add Hate Crime to the charges. Aborregados Virtue signalling garbage that does absolutely nothing to change the current situation surrounding oppression, hostility, and racism. Were they re-enacting a knee on the neck? 8:46 when they sin against you...
As all people realize during all this that the ONLY way out is in Jesus Christ who loves us so much and died for us, and wants to bring this nation together in love and unity of His Spirit. Let he who has an ear hear. Nobody scared yet? Surely there must be a point somewhere when people start realizing this insanity will destroy us. The French Revolution started in 1789 and definitely ended in 1795. There was the Reign of Terror, leaders guillotined, how will this madness unfold here?
Only Joe Biden could get away with passing legislation that destroyed black communities and mass incarcerated black people at record rates and then call cops evil and racist for enforcing HIS policies and then get cops shot & killed because of his rhetoric. After the drumming they took from Rosenstein , they should hold that moment of silence every hour on the hour. That’s all those snakes have to offer our nation.
Almost nine minutes isn't a 'moment.' If it was, Floyd would still be alive. Now tell us what Tom Cotton was doing. Maybe a full spread. Photo montage. 🙄 that should do it. racism solved! It would be a fitting tribute to George Floyd and all the fallen heroes in this fight against racism, if the US Congress and it's torch bearers pass a comprehensive legislation which roots out this evil from The United States of America & set the right example to the world!!
Vote Trump out in 2020, he's a cancer on the nation, enough is enough, we deserve better.... Good for them. They knelt because they're Catholics, they're praying that the S. Mary Cathedral receive more funds to support D. Trump campaign. 'Mr. Howells’ brother Joshua Howell' is a typo for 'Mr. Howell's brother Joshua Howell.' It's so hard for the elite reporters at the Times to form possessives of words. Where to put the apostrophe Such perplexities. Extra space. _jasonbailey_
And they all support Biden, who voted to restore US citizenship for Robert E. Lee in 1975 and was the architect of the 1994 crime bill. Hypocrites. RobertEBiden Republicans held a moment of silence too. Right after a reporter asked them about Trumps conduct. Remember social distancing? That’s about the entirety of what they’ll do to address the situation.
🔥🚨🔥🚨🔥🚨🔥🚨🔥🚨🔥🚨🔥LIVE THIS AFTERNOON- PROTESTS AND RIOTS (CLICK THE 💜 TO FOLLOW AND BE NOTIFIED) Anything about Justine Damond? In Seoul, Korea. We support for the justice movement. When you protest in the streets, many citizens sing together Amaging Grace. We've watched it thru TV in Korea. A Korean top singer So Hyang &..sing - Amaging Grace
Is that just supposed to take people's breath away? Police Shooting 2019 (Source WaPo & FBI) - 371 killed by police were white - 236 killed by police were African Americans - 10 unarmed African Americans were fatally shot by police - 48 police were murdered - US population 325 million Of course they did ..... they hunted him like deer !
Good. Ahmaud was a piece of shit what a surprise Oh no it wasn't about race tho, that's what everyone swore up and down, that it was never about race We need convictions It's cold-blooded murder first-degree murder that ended With A HATE-FILLED VICTORY YELL BY A BLOOD -THIRSTY VILE ORGANISM! 🌳 White man murders black man, didn’t you think it wasn’t a race issue at first?
Don't care, quit committing crimes Media is objective! Fair, balanced, professional, unbiased, pure,non-political and journalist, according to cnn
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery Lawyers Taking Cases to United NationsThe attorneys for George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery's families will hold another virtual news conference. Why is a counterfeit, home invader, drug addict celebrated? Take a gander at the makeup of the current human rights council of the UN and then ask yourself whether they should have a say in this matter That’s one ugly dude on the right 😂😂 be a criminal and you’re honored by the community like a KING!!
USA TODAY @USATODAYAttorneys for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery hold a press briefing. I cant hear a thing🤔 Mute.....someone left it on. Nary a peep, unless you read lips. He held a 4 year old at gunpoint hes no saint
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery Lawyers Call for Nation to 'Take a Breath'The attorneys for George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery's families will hold another virtual news conference. Oh no, not the UN!!!!!!! Omg Now we want a foreign military instead of the national guard?
How to Protest Safely During a PandemicIf you plan to join a protest for the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, here’s everything you need to know. Perhaps when Robert DeNiro’s crib in TriBeCa goes down in value from $30,000,000.00 to $3M and he has to close down Nobu, he and his friends like Baldwin will organize and get rid of Schumer and Cuomo and de Blasio in the next elections ! The first EVER international ban on a screenplay “VEXSHAYSHUN “ by Juliano Angeliano... just in case Dickwolf needs another writer.. G. Floyd 5/25 Man I can't breathe Today I'm going to die Help me somebody, please I don't want to die All this for twenty dollars A man, a father, a brother, a human life cut short The homicide of George Floyd Military deployed President photo op Using the Holy Bible as prop
Gregory and Travis McMichael hearings could provide peek into prosecution in Ahmaud Arbery killingThe preliminary hearings of Travis and Greg McMichael in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed black jogger, got underway Thursday morning. Jogger. Good. What happened to David Dorn? Imagine believing he was a jogger. Lol
Ahmaud Arbery Alleged Murderers Face Judge Again in Prelim HearingThe 3 suspects in Ahmaud Arbery's murder will face a judge in a preliminary hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence to move forward with the case ... and TMZ will be streaming live. Looks like they chose the wrong year to murder an innocent black man. The world is watching 👀 Hillbilly cowards