George Floyd remained restrained and held against the ground by former Minneapolis police officers for approximately three minutes after one officer made it clear that he couldn't find Floyd's pulse, according to reporters who were given access to police body camera video from the May 25 incident in south Minneapolis.
Wednesday marked the first time any media has been granted permission to review the footage, though it was only the body-worn camera video from officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.
KARE 11's Lou Raguse described the experience in a detailed Twitter thread.
"The moment Kueng checks his pulse is clearly captured on camera. Kueng says and repeats he can't find a pulse. The officers restrain George Floyd another 3 minutes after that, until ambulance arrives. But Kueng, after checking pulse, squats back and appears to stop holding," Raguse wrote.
The Star Tribune report says Floyd was restrained for "about three minutes" after having no pulse, while the newspaper adds that "medics who arrived at the scene did not appear alarmed or rushed in assisting Floyd after taking his pulse, and that about three minutes passed after their arrival before anyone began performing CPR on Floyd, who had been unresponsive for several minutes by then."
The Strib adds that the Lane's video shows that he never explained to Floyd why he was being detained before forcing him out of his vehicle.
Floyd, 46, was the subject of an alleged counterfeit $20 bill that was used at Cup Foods on the corner of 38th and Chicago in south Minneapolis. The situation quickly escalated, with Floyd eventually being handcuffed and held against the ground, with officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee against Floyd's head and neck even after Floyd lost consciousness.
The body camera footage shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 27 seconds, nearly 45 seconds longer than the time originally cited in police reports, KARE 11 said.
Attorney Earl Gray, who is representing Lane, who is charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter, filed an appeal in Hennepin County District Court last week to have the charges against his client dropped.
During the course of the Memorial Day incident, three of the four charged ex-officers held Floyd down, and transcripts released from the body-worn cameras noted that Lane asked, "Should we roll him on his side," only for Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder, to reply, "No, he's staying put where we got him."
"Okay. I just worry about the excited delirium or whatever," Lane responds, to which Chauvin says: "Well that’s why we got the ambulance coming."
The transcripts show that Lane asks once again whether Floyd should be rolled on his side, and that Lane went into the ambulance to help with CPR when paramedics arrived.
It's because of Lane asking twice whether Floyd should be turned over that Gray believes the charges of second-degree aiding and abetting murder against his client should be dismissed.