New body camera video from the fatal arrest of George Floyd shows the perspective of Officer Tou Thao — one of the four officers at the scene — as he keeps back angry bystanders who passionately plead for him to help Floyd, according to reports.
The video was released Thursday as part of an attempt by Thao’s attorney to get the officer’s charges thrown out, The Star Tribune reports.
“You’re just gonna let him keep his hand on his neck like that? You call what they are doing OK? Is he breathing right?,” one angry onlooker can be heard saying as they try and convince the officers to let up on Floyd. “Bro, check his pulse!”
At one point, Thao responds, “This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.”
During the more than 20-minute video, Thao gets more aggressive in his response, yelling at the crowd of just under a dozen, including a 17-year-old and 9-year-old.
One woman, who identifies herself as a Minneapolis firefighter, demands he checks Floyd’s pulse as she complies with the officer to stand on the sidewalk.
“Show me his pulse! Check it right f—ing now! Tell me what his pulse is!” she yells.
“You’re just going to let him keep his leg on his neck, bro?” one of the bystanders asks in disbelief.
Thao’s attorney, Robert Paule, has argued that the criminal charges should be dropped against his client because the officer was dealing with the crowd and didn’t fully see what was unfolding with the other three former cops, according to court filings cited by the Tribune.
Officer Derek Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for kneeing on Floyd’s neck as he laid face down.
Thao, along with J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Prosecutors have asked a judge to join the trials of all four former cops, according to the Tribune.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill previously limited the release of body camera videos to help preserve a fair trial but made the videos public Monday after being challenged by media companies, according to reports.
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