George Floyd in the back of a police car.


New bodycam footage shows moments before George Floyd’s death

'I'm not a bad guy.'

Apr 2, 2021, 10:46 am*



Samira Sadeque

Newly released police body camera footage shows George Floyd pleading with officers that he’s not “the kinda guy” while former police officer Derek Chauvin tries to shove him into a police car. 

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Bodycam footage presented at Chauvin’s trial, which was released by the BBC, shows the officer pushing Floyd as he asks to be released. 

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“I’m not that kinda guy,” Floyd says. Chauvin holds him by one hand and pushes his other hand against the police car. 

“Please, I’m not that kinda guy,” Floyd continues pleading.

“Stop,” Chauvin says. 

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Another part of the clip appears to show Floyd being pushed into the car as he repeats, “I’m not a bad guy.”

“Get in the car!” an officer says.

“Please officer!” Floyd says before the clip ends.

The trial reached its fourth day on Thursday and has so far included testimonies of witnesses including an EMT, a 17-year-old girl, and a 61-year-old bystander. All expressed frustration and, at times, guilt of not being able to do more to help Floyd. 

“It’s been nights, I stayed up apologizing and apologized to George Floyd for not doing more, and not physically interacting, and not saving his life,” Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the video of Floyd’s death that went viral and inspired millions to protest, said at the trial on Tuesday. 

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“But … It’s not what I should’ve done, it’s what he should’ve done,” she said of Chauvin as she choked up. 

Chauvin, who has since been fired from his position at the Minneapolos Police Department, pled not-guilty and says “the force used was reasonable,” according to the BBC. 

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*First Published: Apr 1, 2021, 4:10 pm