New bodycam video shows police officer Tou Thao trying to control onlookers as George Floyd called for help
New video footage shows the moments leading up to George Floyd’s death, this time from the perspective of Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao.
The clip released Thursday captures how the agent stood among his colleagues and onlookers, who are so disturbed by what they see that they start recording it on their cell phones.
While Floyd screams for help and tells officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng that he can’t breathe while they put enormous pressure on his body, Thao pushes people back.
‘You just let him keep his hand on his neck like that? You’re a rotten brother. Thao you’re b **** bro, ”a man tells him after the crowd repeatedly tried to talk to the cops.
Thao seems to answer, “Yes.”
Video released Thursday shows the perspective of Tau Thao standing next to spectators, recording the incident that led to George Floyd’s death
Thao’s attorney argued last week that Thao ‘immediately turned his attention to crowd control’ and kept his back to Floyd and the other agents. He is charged with complicity and complicity in the murder of George Floyd (left)
He ensures that witnesses remain on the sidewalk while Floyd’s body is held behind the patrol vehicle around 8:20 p.m. on May 25.
Throughout the video, witnesses yell at him not to touch them, while he is seen reaching out to push them away.
A woman asks if Floyd has a pulse, but Thao yells at her to get off the road and tells her she doesn’t know what she’s doing.
She mentions her experience, which is paged out, and replies, “I know.”
Others make it very clear that they are specifically taking pictures of him fighting to keep them away.
It helps to get a fuller picture of what happened outside of Cup Foods after staff called the authorities because they suspected Floyd was trying to use a fake $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes.
It does not document his exact viewing angle, but helps determine what he may have seen and heard.
On Friday, Hennepin District Court Judge Peter Cahill ordered copies of Keung and Lane’s bodycam footage to be released to the public and published Monday.
The footage doesn’t show exactly what Thao saw, but rather indicates his perspective on the murder as he stood up. On the left, he is seen checking the crowd in a previously released clip
This corner shows how worried passers-by were, so much so that they stopped to answer
Locals repeatedly tell Thao not to touch them as he tries to push them away from the police car
Some of the witnesses are minors, including a 17-year-old girl who recorded the incident on her cell phone
This corner shows how worried passers-by were, so much so that they stopped to answer. Some of the witnesses are minors, including a 17-year-old girl who recorded the incident on her cell phone.
Derek Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
The other three officers involved are charged with complicity and complicity in second-degree murder and of complicity in second-degree manslaughter.
Thao’s attorney argues for the charges to be dismissed, saying his client handled crowd control alone.
According to a memo from last week, Thao had offered restraint to the other three officers, but they declined.
Police sometimes use a bump system to hold suspects by their wrists and ankles. The device restricts the movement of the person while remaining in a seated position.
Thao then “ immediately turned his attention to crowd control, ” keeping his back to Floyd and the other officers for most of the rest of the arrest, the memo said.
“When Officer Thao turned his back on Mr. Floyd and the three other agents for the last time, Mr. Floyd was still alive and breathing,” the memo said.
“Agent Thao has done nothing to assist in the commission of a crime.”
Thao never got hold of Floyd, the memo said.
However, evidence also shows that the four “ worked together to commit the crime, ” said Keith Ellison, Minnesota attorney general.
Thao’s attorney argued last week that Thao ‘immediately turned his attention to crowd control’ and kept his back to Floyd and the other agents.
On Friday, Hennepin District Court Judge Peter Cahill ordered copies of bodycam images of Keung (center left) and Lane (center right) to be released to the public and they were published Monday. Chauvin is depicted on the left and Thao on the right
Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, Kueng and Lane held Floyd, and Thao prevented bystanders from interfering.
And then he fell silent. He stopped moving. He stopped breathing. And the officers could not find a pulse, “said a court document.
All four officers have been fired and will face trial in March.
Ellison filed a memo arguing that the evidence against the four is similar, and that a single trial would be more humane to those who testify.
By holding one trial, the community and the nation could also absorb the impact of the verdicts for the four officers at once, rather than piecemeal, Ellison argued.
A single lawsuit would also save Floyd’s witnesses and relatives, as they had to “tell the poignant details of Floyd’s death,” argued Ellison.
The attorney general also cited the travel expenses and lost wages of witnesses who testify at four separate trials, the risk of testifying in person during the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that several eyewitnesses are underage.
The next hearing for the four is scheduled for September 11.
People visit a memorial at the site of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pictured on June 3