Police bodycam footage of George Floyd's arrest is released

It comes after media challenged an order preventing its publication.
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The bodycam footage showing the arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day has been released.

District Court Judge Peter Cahill ordered the release of the footage after an order banning it was challenged by members of Minnesota media on Friday.

Previously, media members had been allowed to view excerpts of the footage in a controlled space in the Hennepin County building, but were not allowed to share it publicly.

This order was challenged after footage from the bodycams was leaked to the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper last week.

It shows the moments leading up to Floyd's arrest and detainment by four police officers, three of whom held Floyd down for almost 8 minutes.

He died a short time later at HCMC, with the video footage showing him expressing fear at being placed in a squad car, and pleading with the officers as he was held on the ground, saying "I can't breathe" and calling out for his mother.

All four officers involved in the arrest were subsequently fired and are now charged with murder or aiding-and-abetting murder.

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The videos released Monday are taken from the bodycams of officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who were initially called to Cup Foods on Memorial Day on a report of a counterfeit bill being used, with the pair finding Floyd in a vehicle parked outside.

It shows officers attempting to push Floyd into a squad car, with Floyd responding: "I'm gonna die in here" and "I'm not that kinda guy." 

The footage also shows the upsetting scene of the three officers holding Floyd down, with the 46-year-old eventually becoming unresponsive, as well as paramedics conducting CPR on Floyd's prone body as he lays in an ambulance.

Here is the footage released Monday, which was shared by WCCO. Warning: Contains upsetting scenes and language.

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