30.07.2021

George Floyd told police he could not breathe 20 times, transcript of final conversation reveals

The 46-year-old died after being detained by officers in May, with one officer kneeling on his throat for almost nine minutes, as cellphone footage captured him saying he could not breathe. He then passed out, and subsequently died.

George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers he “could not breathe” at least 20 times, a transcript of his final conversation has revealed.

In the days and weeks after his death, protesters across America and around the world, seized on this words, which echoed the final utterance of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in an illegal choke hold by police in New York in 2014.

The four officers who detained Mr Floyd were fired and one of them, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder.

The other three Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

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