Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New footage in Derek Chauvin’s trial shows George Floyd pleading with officers

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A Minneapolis court has been shown new police bodycam footage of George Floyd pleading with officers during his arrest, saying “I’m not a bad guy”.

The video shows police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, and Mr Floyd begging not to be harmed.

Mr Chauvin, 45 who has since been fired from the police force, denies charges of murder and manslaughter.

Defence lawyers have indicated they will argue that 46-year-old Mr Floyd died of an overdose and poor health, and the force used was reasonable.

Mr Floyd’s death in 2020 sparked global protests over policing and racism.