Associated Press
Associated Press 15 Jul 2020

Reporter describes police bodycam of George Floyd

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An Associated Press reporter describes police bodycam video of officers' fatal encounter with George Floyd. Police have allowed news organizations to view the video but haven't released it for broadcast. (July 15)


Throwing handcuffs to the ground, police unions in Paris are protesting a new ban on chokeholds and limits on what officers can do during arrests.

The new measures come as part of a government effort to stamp out police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death in the US.
In partial footage obtained by the Daily Mail from the body cameras worn by two of the now-former Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, a panicked Floyd can be seen struggling with officers while in the back of a squad car in the minutes before his death, saying, "I can't breathe."
Moments later, following the struggle, Officer Thomas Lane can be heard asking Officer Derek Chauvin whether Floyd should be rolled on his side.
Floyd died May 25 while in custody, and the incident -- which was also recorded on cell phone video -- set off protests that soon went nationwide. The demonstrations over his killing and the deaths of other African Americans at the hands of police prompted intense discussions on racism in America.
The Daily Mail, based in London, does not say how it obtained the footage of the police body cameras.
For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, George Floyd was pinned to the ground with a policeman's knee on his neck.

This documentary examines those terrible moments, the wave of global protest that followed, and asks whether what happened in Minneapolis will be a pivotal moment in the anti-racism movement or simply another death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer.

Narrated by Idris Elba, Eight Minutes and 46 Seconds features contributions from Rev Jesse Jackson, Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, novelist and playwright Bonnie Greer and Black Lives Matter campaigner Zellie Imani.

The programme contains strong language and distressing scenes, including the killing of George Floyd.
On today's What America's Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds 63% of voters believe the death of George Floyd was an example of a larger pattern of how police interact with minorities and not an isolated incident. Public opinion analyst and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Karlyn Bowman, and Director of Research at Ipsos, Mallory Newall, explain public opinion on the issue.

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