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RIP George Floyd - Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd was a 46-year-old African American , in during a police operation on May 25, 2020 Minneapolis was killed. His death led to riots lasting several days in numerous places in the United States and also caused protests and outrage beyond the United States.
Death for Death - Criminal Complaint
George Floyd paid with his life. The officer will pay with a ruined life. Well deserved.
On May 25 , 2020, someone called 911and reported that a man bought merchandise from Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin County ,Minnesota with a counterfeit$ 20 bill. At 8:08 p.m.,Minneapolis Police Department (MPD ) Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived with their body worn cameras (BWCs) activated and running. The officers learned from store personnel that the man who passed the counterfeit $20 was parked in a car around the corner from the store on 38th Street.
BWC video obtained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that the officers approached the car, Lane on the driver’s side and Kueng on the passenger side. Three people were in the car; George Floyd was in the driver’s seat, a known adult male was in the passenger seat and a known adult female was sitting in the backseat. As Officer Lane began speaking with Mr.Floyd, he pulled his gun out and pointed it at Mr. Floyd’s open window and directed Mr. Floyd to show his hands. When Mr.Floyd put his hands in the steering wheel Lane put his gun back in its holster.
While Officer Kueng was speaking with the front seat passenger, Officer Lane ordered Mr. Floyd out of the car, put his hands on Mr.Floyd, and pulled him out of the car. Officer Lane handcuffed Mr.Floyd. Mr. Floyd actively resisted being handcuffed.
Once handcuffed, Mr.Floyd became compliant and walked with Officer Lane to the sidewalk and sat on the ground at OfficerLane’s direction . In a conversation that lasted just under two minutes, Officer Lang asked Mr.Floyd for his name and identification. OfficerLane askedMr.Lloyd if he was on anything and explained that he was arresting Mr.Lloyd for passing counterfeit currency.
Officers Kueng and Lane stood Mr.Floyd up and attempted to walk Mr.Floyd to their squad car (MPD 320 ) at8:14 p.m.Mr.Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground , and told the officers he was claustrophobic.
MPD Officers Derek Chauvin ( the defendant) and Tou Thoa then arrived in a separate squad car.
The officers made several attempts to get Mr.Floyd in the back seat of squad 320 from the driver’s side. Mr.Floyd did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down, saying he was not going in the car, and refusing to stand still. Mr. Floyd is over six feet tall and weighs more than 200 pounds.
While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe. The defendant went to the passenger side and tried to get Mr.Floyd into the car from that side and Lane and Kueng assisted.
The defendant pulled Mr.Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19:38 and Mr.F loyd went to the groundf ace down and still handcuffed. Kueng held Mr. Floyd’s back and Lane held his legs. The defendant placed his left knee in the area of Mr.Floyd’s head and neck. Mr.Floyd said ,“ I can’t breathe” multiple times and repeatedly said , “Mama” and“ please, as well. The defendant and the other two officers stayed in their positions.
The officers said, “You are talking fine to Mr. Floyd as he continued to move back and forth. Lane asked, we roll him on his side?” and the defendant said ,“No, staying put where we got him .” Officer Lane said, “ I am worried about excited delirium or whatever. The defendant said, “ That’s why we have him on his stomach. None of the three officers moved from their positions.
BWC video showsMr. Floyd continue to move and breathe. At 8:24:24,Mr.Floyd stopped moving. At 2 State of Minnesota 8:25:31 the video appears to show Mr.Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak. Lane said, “want to roll his side.” Kueng checked Mr. Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and said, “I couldn’t find one. None of the officers moved from their positions.
At 8:27:24 , the defendant removed his knee from Mr. Floyd’s neck. An ambulance and emergency medical personnel arrived , the officers placed Mr. Floyd on a gurney, and the ambulance left the scene. Mr. Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME) conducted Mr. Floyd’s autopsy on May 26 , 2020. The full report oft he ME is pending but the ME has made the following preliminary findings. The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr.Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.
The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non- responsive. Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous.
Defendant is in custody.
Name: Derek Michael Chauvin
Charge: Murder – 3rd Degree – Perpetrating Eminently Dangerous Act and Evincing Depraved Mind
Maximum Sentence: 25 YEARS
Offense Level: Felony
Charge Description: That on or about May 25 , 2020 , in Hennepin County, Minnesota , Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, withoutregard for human life.
Charge: Manslaughter – 2nd Degree – Culpable Negligence Creating Unreasonable Risk
Maximum Sentence: 10 YEARS AND /OR $ 20,000
Offense Level: Felony
Charge Description: That on or about May 25 , 2020 , in Hennepin County, Minnesota , Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death ofGeorge Floyd by his culpable negligence , creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to George Floyd.
Tou Thao started as community service officer and enrolled in the Minneapolis Police Academy in 2009. Between 2010 to 2011 he was laid off. Thao was rehired in 2012 on a full time basis.
Tou Thao has six complaints filed against him prior to Floyd’s death but faced no disciplinary action. On October 7, 2014, Thao and fellow police officer Robert Thunder arrested Lamar Ferguson, who they allededly physically assaulted and took him to the hospital before putting him to jail.
Ferguson sued for excessive use of force and the case was closed in 2018 with the Minneapolis Police Department settling with Ferguson for $25,000.
J Alexander Kueng
Kueng checked Mr. Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and said, “I couldn’t find one.” None of the officers moved from their positions.
Known facts about Kueng
- He was born in 1994.
- He is 5’11” and weighs around 170 lbs.
- He loves to play soccer.
- He attended Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
- He was the captain of the soccer team when he was in high school.
- He played for Cruz Azul Minnesota.
- The Minneapolis Police Department hired him on December 18, 2017.
- He was licensed in August 2019.
- Since he was hired by the Minneapolis Police Department, he had no disciplinary records prior to the incident involving Floyd’s death.
- It was him and Lane who arrived first during the arrest of Floyd while Chauvin and Thao followed minutes later in a separate squad car.
- He was the one holding Floyd’s back while Chauvin was kneeling on the arrestee’s neck.
- He and Kueng were still in their probationary periods when they were fired by Minneapolis Police Department.
- For the case related to the Floyd’s death, he is represented by Thomas C. Plunkett, one of the top-rated criminal defense attorneys in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Officer Thomas Lane held his legs while Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s head and neck area.
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