The police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck before he died told him to stop yelling and said “it takes a lot of oxygen to talk" during his arrest, it has been revealed.
Dramatic transcripts from the body camera footage worn by two of the arresting cops which recorded George's final moments were released on Wednesday.
George, 46, repeatedly pleaded for his life as officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes during his arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.
As he was arrested George said "please" 60 times and told officers he could not breathe at least 25 times.
The transcript starts when George was ordered to step out of his car by officer Thomas Lane following claims he had tried to use a counterfeit $20 note.
As George sits in the car, he says: “Please don’t shoot me, Mr Officer. Please, don’t shoot me, man. Please. Can you not shoot me, man?”
George went on to tell the officers he had just recovered from coronavirus and had been shot before by the police.
He said: “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. God dang, man. Man, I got, I got shot the same way Mr. Officer, before."
As Lane drags George out of the vehicle he asks Shawanda Renee Hill, who was in the car with him “Why’s he getting all squirrelly and not showing us his hands, just being all weird like that?”
Shawanda replied: "I have no clue, because he’s been shot before."
Lane says: “Well I get that, but still when officers say ‘Get out of the car.’ Is he drunk? Is he on something?”
Shawanda said: “No, he got a thing going on, I’m telling you, about the police … He have problems all the time when they come, especially when that man put that gun like that."
The recording reveals as George was handcuffed and pinned to the ground he told officers “you’re going to kill me, man”.
He said: "I'm through, through. I'm claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please. Please? I can't breathe officer,"
Chauvin replied: “Then stop talking, stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."
Chauvin, 44, has pleaded not guilty to charges of
second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The officer, who is white, was arrested on May 29, four days
after George's death.
He was initially charged with third-degree murder after being sacked by Minneapolis Police Department, before the charges were increased.
Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao - have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
The transcripts of Lane’s and former officer Kueng body camera recordings were made as part of Lane’s request to have his charges dropped.
While George was lying on the ground he said: “Mom, I love you. I love you . Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”
Lane, a rookie cop, was holding Floyd’s legs during the arrest and the transcripts reveal he twice he asked if he should roll Floyd onto his side but Chauvin said no.
During that time George was saying he couldn't breathe while crying: “Mama, mama, mama."
According to the transcripts, George’s final words were, “Come on, man. Oh, oh. I cannot breathe. Cannot breathe. Ah! They’ll kill me. They’ll kill me. I can’t breathe. Can’t breathe. Oh!” and “Ah! Ah! Please. Please. Please.”
This is when Lane asked a second time if he should roll George to his side but was told no.
Lane raised concerns about George's welfare and Chauvin said: “That’s why we got the ambulance coming.”
A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said prosecutors plan to oppose Lane’s motion for the charges against him to be dropped.
George's death sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the world calling for an end to racism and and police brutality.