Newly surfaced surveillance video does not appear to show George Floyd, who died after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for up to eight minutes, resisting arrest — which police had claimed — in the moments before the deadly encounter.
Floyd, who was black, can be seen on footage from a nearby restaurant Monday complying with the officers as he’s led from a vehicle, CBS News reported.
With his hands cuffed behind his back, police appear to order him to sit on the ground, which he does, video shows.
The footage contradicts police accounts that Floyd “physically resisted officers” after he exited his vehicle.
JUST IN: Video obtained by CBS News shows what appears to be the start of the confrontation between George Floyd & Minneapolis cops. The restaurant security footage shows officers taking him into custody, but the restaurant's owner says it does not show Floyd resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/Ti362VrUXY
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 26, 2020
In viral cellphone footage, Floyd is seen pleading for officer Derek Chauvin to remove his knee from his neck so he could breathe.
“I cannot breathe! I cannot breathe!” Floyd yells in the clip taken by a bystander. “Don’t kill me!”
“Please, please, please I can’t breathe,” he continues to beg. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”
A group of onlookers outside the Minneapolis deli can be heard urging the officer to get off the man.
“You’re stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?” one man says. “His nose is bleeding, look at his nose!” says a woman.
The officer ignored their pleas as Floyd goes limp.
BREAKING: 4 Minneapolis police officers have been fired in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) May 26, 2020
Cops said the man appeared to be suffering medical distress and was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he “died a short time later.”
The FBI and Minnesota state authorities are investigating the incident.
Mayor Jacob Frey announced Wednesday that the four cops involved in Floyd’s arrest have all been fired.
“Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Frey wrote on Twitter. “This is the right call.”