Complaint: Derek Chauvin had knee on George Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes

George Floyd died from a likely combination of the police restraint, underlying health conditions, and intoxication.
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The complaint detailing the murder charges against former officer Derek Chauvin said he had his knee on George Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes, several of which were after he was unresponsive.

Chauvin has been charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter in the death of the 46-year-old from St. Louis Park.

The complaint shows Chauvin, who was captured on video, held his knee to Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total, of which 2 minutes and 53 seconds were while he was unresponsive.

"Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous," the complaint reads.

An autopsy said there is no physical findings that support death by traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, but says "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."

Floyd had conditions including coronary and hypertensive heart disease.

The complaint states that Floyd "actively resisted being handcuffed" when police arrived to arrest him after a report of forgery at Cup Foods, and then after he was cuffed and briefly questioned they tried to get him into a squad car.

As they did so, Floyd "stiffened up," making it difficult for officers to escort him, and then as they got to the squad car, he "struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down," saying he was claustrophobic.

The resistance Floyd showed appeared to be passive and nonviolent, with the complaint continuing:

"The officers made several attempts to get Mr. Floyd in the backseat 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 [Officers] Lane and Kueng assisted.

The defendant pulled Mr. Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Mr. Floyd went to the ground face 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 officersstayed in their positions.

The officers said, “You are talking fine” to Mr. Floyd as he continued to move back and forth. Lane asked, “should 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."

Investigations into the three other officers involved, Tou Thoa, Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng, continues.

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