The video below, put together by The New York Times, shows the full narrative of what happened just before George Floyd’s death at the hands of New York police.
It is a combination of video clips shot by various bystanders, hence provides more perspective on what really happened.
Just over a week ago, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was handcuffed and pinned face-down on the tarmac by police officer Derek Chauvin – who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a corner store just metres away from the incident. He had been sitting in his car when police arrived.
While Chauvin and two other police officers pinned Floyd’s neck and back down, several bystanders recorded the footage above. Some of the bystanders can be heard telling the police to back off; that the man being pinned down couldn’t breathe.
Indeed, Floyd had told Chauvin and the other officers 16 times that he could not breathe and begged them to take pressure off his neck and back. Chauvin, instead, reached for his mace to keep bystanders away.
Soon, Floyd stopped breathing altogether. Paramedics eventually arrived and rushed him to hospital.
Floyd was unresponsive upon arrival at the hospital and soon pronounced dead. He died of asphyxiation in combination with an already delicate heart condition.
According to a recent autopsy, the cause of George Floyd’s death was mechanical asphyxia and the manner of the death was homicide.
Since this incident, the U.S. has been in a state of civil unrest.
The video above shows George Floyd is not aggressive with police, nor is he resisting arrest.