Disturbing new footage of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officers shows an officer ignoring onlookers’ desperate pleas to intervene as now-fired cop Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9-minutes.
The video was released Sunday morning by Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Floyd’s family.
The new footage appears to be a slightly wider angle than the initial video released last month and shows bystanders desperately pleading with Officer Tou Thao to help Floyd.
“You’re going to let him kill that man in front of you?” one witness asked Thao as Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s throat in the street.
“This is beyond disturbing, even harder to watch than the first video,” Crump warned in the caption of the video. “Tou Thao stood guard as Derek Chauvin MURDERED George Floyd … while witnesses of the execution tried to stand up for JUSTICE, tried to save George’s life! The protest of those bystanders, who refused to just stand by and let it happen, has reverberated around the world — fueling our protest against injustice and police brutality!! 8 minutes 46 seconds.”
NEW VIDEO OF #GEORGEFLOYD’S MURDER! Beyond disturbing, even harder to watch than the 1st video. “You’re going to let him kill that man in front of you?” Thao stood guard as Chauvin KILLED George … while bystanders tried to save his life (Full video: https://t.co/bog11TZcDt) pic.twitter.com/coNI2oIb8l
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 14, 2020
In the video, a man and a woman can be heard imploring the officers to check Floyd’s pulse before more bystanders are heard pleading with the officers to help Floyd.
“You think that’s okay? Check his pulse!” a man is heard yelling as Thao argued with a woman nearby.
“He ain’t moved yet bro,” the man continued. “He has not moved not one time!”
The man then asked Thao: “You’re going to let him kill that man in front of you?”
The woman then yelled: “Tell me what his pulse is right now!”
“Did they just f**king kill him?” another woman is heard asking in the background.
As a crowd gathered, others are heard shouting, “Get off of his neck!” and “He’s not moving!”
Thao refused every single plea to help Floyd, the video shows.
Instead, he continued to argue with the witnesses, yelling for them to remain on the sidewalk and not come any closer.
A short time later, paramedics arrive and lift Floyd’s lifeless body off the pavement and onto a stretcher.
Chauvin, Thao and two other cops have since been fired and hit with criminal charges including murder, as the death has sparked international protests.