Full transcript reveals officer's horrific response to George Floyd's dying words

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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 death of Floyd, a black man, in police custody on May 25 led to anti-racism protests and demonstrations against police brutality across the United States and around the world with protesters calling for racial equality and police reforms.

"Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead," Floyd said during the nearly nine minutes that the officer knelt on him as he went lifeless.

Floyd pleaded for help as he was pinned to the ground, according to the transcript made public on Wednesday as part of a motion filed in the Minneapolis state court.

In this image from video provided by Darnella Frazier, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneels on the neck of George Floyd, who was pleading that he could not breathe, in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020. The four officers involved in the fatal incident have been arrested. (Darnella Frazier via AP)
LEFT: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. RIGHT: A still from a video showing Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who was pleading that he could not breathe. Source: AP

"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 officer," he said.

"You're going to kill me, man."

Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd, replied: "Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."

Chauvin, who is white, was arrested on May 29, four days after Floyd's death. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Three other former Minneapolis police officers, who are white, black and Asian American, have been charged with aiding and abetting in the case.

At one point, one of those officers, Thomas Lane, suggested Chauvin roll Floyd on his side, according to the transcript.

Volunteers wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus stand in front of a portrait of George Floyd painted on the side of the comedy club The Laugh Factory during the unveiling of a 148-foot tribute mural to Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The artwork was created by five African American artists, Alexandra Allie Belisle, Amanda Ferrell Hale, Noah Humes, PeQue Brown, and Shplinton. Said to be the largest in the nation the mural was commissioned by Los Angeles Fourth District Councilmember David Ryu and the Laugh Factory. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A portrait of George Floyd is painted on the side of the comedy club The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Source: AP

"No, he's staying put where we got him," Chauvin responded.

All four of the officers have been fired from the Minneapolis police department. None of them entered a plea during a brief hearing on June 29.

The transcript was made public as part of an effort by Lane's lawyer to have charges that he aided and abetted Floyd's murder thrown out by a judge, according to US media.

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