© Reuters. Protest against racial inequality after death in Minneapolis police custody by George Floyd in New York
By Shubham Kalia and Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Former U.S. policeman accused of George Floyd's death told him to stop screaming and save his breath when he knelt on his neck and gasped for Floyd.
The death of Floyd, a black man, in police custody on May 25th led to protests against racism and demonstrations against police brutality in the United States and around the world. Demonstrators called for racial equality and police reform.
"Tell my children that I love them. I'm dead," said Floyd during the almost nine minutes that the policeman knelt on him when he became lifeless.
Floyd asked for help when he was pinned to the ground, according to the minutes released on Wednesday as part of an application filed with the Minneapolis State Court.
"I'm through, through. I'm claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please. Please? I can't breathe an officer," he said.
"You will kill me, man," said Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd, replied, "Then stop talking, stop screaming, it takes a hell of a lot of oxygen to talk."
The white chauvin was arrested on May 29, four days after Floyd's death. He has pleaded not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.
Three other former Minneapolis police officers, white, black, and Asian Americans, were charged with aiding and abetting the case.
At some point, one of these officials, Thomas Lane, suggested that Chauvin Floyd should roll on his side according to the protocol.
"No, it stays where we have it," Chauvin replied.
All four officers were released by the Minneapolis police. None of them made an application during a brief hearing on June 29.
The protocol was released as part of Lane’s lawyer’s efforts to indict that he supported and favored Floyd’s murder by a judge, the US media said.
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