The New York Times has used security footage, witness accounts and videos taken by people at the scene of George Floyd’s death to reconstruct how he died.
The Minneapolis police officers had on May 25, arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man. They made the arrest after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. The first squad car arrived at the scene and seventeen minutes later, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
A combination of videos from bystanders and security cameras, reviewing official documents and consulting experts, The New York Times made a detailed reconstruction of the minutes leading to Mr. Floyd’s death. This video shows the officers taking a number of actions that are in violation of the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department which turned fatal, and left Mr. Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.
The Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, the day after Mr. Floyd lost his life. On Friday the Hennepin County attorney, Mike Freeman, announced the charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer whose knee was placed on Mr. Floyd’s neck, to be murder and manslaughter charges. Mr. Chauvin, a white man, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. The video by the New York Times shows Mr. Chauvin still with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck even after he had lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.
The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao who are also in the video participating in Mr. Floyd’s arrest are still under investigation.