New George Floyd Video Prompts an Investigation

'Daily Mail' publishes more of officers' body cam footage in fatal arrest
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2020 11:04 AM CDT
Court Investigating Leak of New George Floyd Video
This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis officers, from left, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao.   (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Authorities in Minneapolis are trying to figure out how Britain's Daily Mail got hold of more footage of George Floyd's fatal arrest. The outlet published roughly 10 minutes of video from ex-officer Thomas Lane's body camera and about 18 minutes from the bodycam of former officer J. Alexander Kueng, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The videos show a "panicked" Floyd struggling with officers in the back of a police car, saying he couldn't breathe, per CNN. That was minutes before his death, which occurred after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck. Kueng's video suggests he did so for about 9 minutes and 30 seconds, longer than prosecutors allege, per the newspaper.

The Hennepin County District Court is working with the county Sheriff's Office to figure out how the leak occurred. The videos have been available for viewing by journalists and members of the public at the courthouse by appointment only, reports the AP. It appears that someone who obtained permission to view the videos secretly recorded them with a cellphone, per FOX 9. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, while Lane, Kueng, and former officer Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. (More George Floyd stories.)

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