Newly released court papers reveal that Minneapolis cops kept George Floyd pinned to the ground for 9 1/2 minutes — longer than previously thought — and never tried to resuscitate him as he lay dying.
The narrative filed by Minnesota state prosecutors this week seeks additional evidence to be used in the cops’ upcoming trial and contends that the four officers rebuffed repeated requests to save Floyd and held him down much longer than previously reported, the Star-Tribune reported.
“After Floyd fell silent, the crowd alerted the officers 10 times that Floyd was no longer moving, warned them nine times that Floyd was unresponsive, and pleaded with them nearly 30 times to check Floyd’s pulse,” according to papers filed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The account is the most detailed yet into Floyd’s May 25 police-custody death while being arrested by since-fired cops Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao.
The papers said Floyd was held down much longer than the 7 minutes and 46 seconds or 8 minutes and 46 seconds previously reported. Over that time, Ellison said Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s throat “for more than four and a half minutes” after he stopped moving.
“For at least three of those minutes, Floyd appeared not to be breathing,” the prosecutor wrote. “And for at least two and a half minutes, the officers were unable to locate Floyd’s pulse.”
At one point Chauvin rebuffed Lane’s suggestion to turn Floyd on his side.
“Chauvin rejected that option out of hand, telling Lane and Kueng to ‘stay put where you got him,'” the document said. “‘Just leave him.'”
Chauvin also threatened to Mace an off-duty Minnesota firefighter who witnessed the incident when she offered to provide medical attention.
“The officers also ignored the off-duty firefighter’s plea for them to being chest compressions,” the court filing said. “Indeed, none of the officers attempted CPR while Floyd was on the ground.”
When paramedics arrived, Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd, who was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The state prosecutors’ narrative also contends that the cops also scoffed at the bystanders’ pleas, with Thao telling them, “he’s talking so he’s fine” while Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. “This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.”
Ellison also wants the ex-officers’ histories of use of force to be admitted as evidence, including a contention that Chauvin allegedly “delivered a few strikes” and “applied a neck restraint” to a juvenile while working off-duty as a security guard.
Chauvin is facing murder charges in the case, and the other three cops with aiding and abetting murder.