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More details of George Floyd’s death revealed in police body camera footage

Newly released video of George Floyd’s fatal interaction with Minneapolis police shows that medical personnel waited nearly three minutes to perform chest compressions in an attempt to revive the handcuffed man who had been pinned down on a Minneapolis street until he lost consciousness in May.

The body camera footage captured by two of the four officers charged in Floyd’s May 25 death was released Monday by order of Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill, who is overseeing the criminal case over Floyd’s death.

The Minneapolis Police Department had previously declined to release body camera footage from the officers, citing the ongoing investigation.

The two approximately 30-minute clips present an even more desperate scene than previously depicted in bystander and surveillance video of the deadly Memorial Day encounter, which has fueled widespread protests calling for police reform and transformed national conversations around race, social justice and police brutality.

The footage comes from body cameras worn by J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane, the officers who were the first to encounter Floyd on a South Minneapolis street as they investigated a 911 complaint about a fake $20 bill passed at a convenience store.

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