Minneapolis releases transcript of 911 call that led to George Floyd's arrest

The caller reported a man using counterfeit bills.
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The City of Minneapolis has released the 911 transcript that led police to arrest George Floyd in south Minneapolis on Monday.

The call was made by a staff member at Cup Foods at 38th and Chicago, who called to tell police "someone comes our store and give us fake bills."

The caller tells the operator that they attempted to get the cigarettes Floyd had bought back from him as he sat outside in a blue SUV, noting that he is "awfully drunk" and "not in control of himself."

"So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he's under the influence of something?" the operator said, with the caller responding: "Something like that, yes. He is not acting right."

Police would eventually arrive and arrest Floyd, removing him from the blue SUV before having him sit down against a wall on East 38th Street.,

He is then taken to a squad car on Chicago Avenue, where shortly after he was pinned to the ground and held, with one officer's knee on his neck, causing him to saying: "Help, I can't breathe."

He then went unresponsive and paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at HCMC at around 9:20 p.m.

Full transcript

911 Call Transcript Incident Number: 20‐140629 May 25, 2020; 20:01:14

Operator: 911 what’s the address of the emergency? 

Caller: This is ah 3759 Chicago AV.

Operator: How can I help you?

Caller: Um someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car. We tell them to give us their phone, put their (inaudible) thing back and everything and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn’t want to do that, and he’s sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.

Operator: Okay, what type of vehicle does he have? 

Caller: And…. um he’s got a vehicle that is ah…ah he got a vehicle that is ah…one second let me see if I can see the license. The driver license is BRJ026.

Operator: Okay, what color is it?

Caller: It’s a blue color. It’s a blue van.

Operator: Blue van?

Caller: Yes, van.

Operator: Alright blue van, gotcha. Is it out front or is it on 38th ST?

Caller: Ah it’s on 38th ST.

Operator: On 38th ST. So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he’s under the influence of something?

Caller: Something like that, yes. He is not acting right.

Operator: What’s he look like, what race?

Caller: Um, he’s a tall guy. He’s like tall and bald, about like 6…6‐1/2, and she’s not acting right so and she started to go, drive the car.

Operator: Okay so, female or a male?

Caller: Um…

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy?

Caller: (Talking to somebody else)—he’s asking (inaudible) one second. Hello? 

Operator: Is it a girl or a boy that did this?

Caller: It is a man.

Operator: Okay. Is he white, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?

Caller: Something like that.

Operator: Which one? White, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian?

Caller: No, he’s a black guy.

Operator: Alright (sigh).

Caller: How is your day going?

Operator: Not too bad.

Caller: Had a long day, huh?

Operator: What’s your name?

Caller: My name is [redacted]

Operator: Alright , a phone number for you?

Caller: [redacted]

Operator: Alright, I’ve got help on the way. If that vehicle or that person leaves before we get there, just give us a call back, otherwise we’ll have squads out there shortly, okay?

Caller: No problem.

Operator: Thank you

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