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Audio reveals 911 dispatcher was concerned about use-of-force against George Floyd

The dispatcher notified a superior when three officers pinned Floyd to the ground.
Derek Chauvin

New information about the fatal arrest of 46-year-old George Floyd has surfaced in the form of a data release by the City of Minneapolis, which provides the audio between a 911 dispatcher and a supervisor regarding the use-of-force involved in the deadly Memorial Day encounter. 

The 911 dispatcher's call to her supervisor began at 8:30:44 p.m. while three officers were pinning Floyd to the ground while he was handcuffed and struggling to breathe. 

Dispatcher: “I don’t know, you can call me a snitch if you want to but we have the cameras up for (squad) 320’s call, and 320 over at Cup Foods…I don’t know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad, and all of them sat on this man, so I don’t know if they needed you or not, but they haven’t said anything to me yet." 

Supervisor: “Yeah, they haven’t said anything yet…just a takedown, which doesn’t count, but I’ll find out." 

Dispatcher: "No problem, we don’t get to ever see it so when we see it we’re just like, well, that looks a little different." 

Supervisor: "Alright. Sounds good, bye." 

It's Minneapolis Police Department policy that officers notify supervisors when use-of-force applied, though the Star Tribune reports that the first MPD supervisor to arrive at the scene at 38th and Chicago in south Minneapolis did so more than a half-hour after Floyd was transported to a hospital in an ambulance.

The City of Minneapolis data release also includes a pair of 911 transcripts that were recorded just minutes after the dispatcher called her superior. 

One caller said "we just watched Officer #987 kill a, ah...a citizen in front of a Chicago ah...sore. He just pretty much just killed this guy that wasn't resisting arrest. He had his knee on the dude's neck the whole time." 

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The caller continued, saying he was speaking with an off-duty firefighter who told the officers to check Floyd's pulse, but they refused. 

Another 911 caller – an off-duty first responder who witnessed it unfold – told dispatch that they "literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man, and I am a first responder myself, and I literally have it on video camera.

"I just happened to be on a walk so, this dude, this, they f------ killed him so," they added, before asking to talk to a supervisor.

The four officers – all since fired – involved in the arrest of Floyd have been charged in connection to his death, including Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder. 

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