Newly released body camera transcripts reveal the cuffed Black man insisted the policemen were going to kill him but was told by officer Derek Chauvin: "Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."
The former US police officer charged in the death of George Floyd told him to stop shouting and save his breath as he knelt on his neck and Floyd gasped for air, according to a newly released transcript of police body camera footage.
The video of the death of Floyd, a Black man, in police custody on May 25 went viral and showed Floyd shouting "I can't breathe". The brutal incident led to anti-racism protests against police brutality across the United States and around the world with protesters calling for racial equality and police reforms.
Transcripts of the police officers' body camera footage, filed on Tuesday in Minnesota state court by Thomas Lane, one of the officers involved in Floyd's death, have revealed new details about his final moments.
"Tell my kids I love them.
I'm dead," Floyd said during the nearly eight minutes that the officer knelt on him as he went lifeless.
Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in the custody of Minneapolis police.
When the officers first arrested him, Floyd begged them not to put him in the police car, telling them he was claustrophobic and in physical distress.
As they tried to force him into the car, Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe and was "going to die in here."
The officers can be heard telling him to "relax," and that he was doing "fine" and "talking fine."
At one point, as Floyd insisted they were going to kill him, officer Derek Chauvin shouted, "Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."
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'I can't breathe'
According to the transcript, Floyd's last words were, "They're going to kill me. They're going to kill me. I can't breathe."
The transcript was submitted by Lane to have the charges that he aided and abetted in Floyd's murder thrown out by a judge.
He and the other three officers involved –– Chauvin, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng –– were all fired from the Minneapolis police force one day after Floyd's death and charged in his murder. They each face up to 40 years behind bars.
Chauvin, who knelt on the handcuffed 46-year-old's neck, faces second and third-degree murder charges.
Thao and Kueng, like Lane, have been charged with aiding and abetting a murder.
The bystander video of Floyd's death stunned and horrified Americans, igniting protests and riots in cities across the country and sparking a national debate on racism and police violence.
Floyd was detained for the minor charge of attempting to use a counterfeit $20 bill, and while in handcuffs, two of the officers held him down on the street while Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd's neck and the fourth officer stood watch.