New footage ‘shows three police officers kneeling on George Floyd’ in street


New footage has emerged which reportedly show three police officers kneeling on George Floyd during his arrest.

The 46-year-old died in Minneapolis on Monday shortly after officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on him whilst George shouted: "I can't breathe".

Chauvin was later fired for performing the dangerous hold on him, but a new video appears to show three police officers kneeling on George during his arrest.

The footage, obtained by NBC, shows four officers surrounding the father-of-two, with three of them kneeling on the ground whilst the other stands nearby.

It is unclear whether they were kneeling on Floyd in the 18-second clip that emerged on Friday.
Four police officers appear to surround a person (Image: MSNBC)

In the footage, a person can be heard shouting and shouting "Please let me stand" and pleading with the officers to stop as he shouts: "I can't breathe".

Minneapolis Police is yet to comment on the new footage.

Mr Floyd was arrested after he allegedly tried to use a fake $20 bill at a corner shop on Monday night, and police claim he was "under the influence" in the driver's seat of a car.

Witnesses have disputed the Minneapolis Police Department's claims that he was resisting arrest.
The 18-second clip appears to show three police officers kneeling on the ground (Image: MSNBC)

A witness captured video of Mr Floyd begging to be freed as police pinned him to the street and witnesses screamed "get off him" before he lost consciousness.

He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The policeman shown kneeling on Floyd's neck and three fellow officers involved were dismissed from the police department on Tuesday as the FBI opened an investigation.

The US Department of Justice said on Thursday it had made its investigation into police involvement in the death of Mr Floyd a "top priority".

Protests have taken place in Minneapolis every night since Mr Floyd's death and the National Guard has been activated to try to restore order in the Midwest city after peaceful rallies gave way to gunfire, arson, looting and vandalism.
George died on Monday

The fallout from Mr Floyd's death has overshadowed the man himself.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Chauvin over the death of Mr Floyd.

President Donald Trump  declined to say whether he agreed the officers allegedly involved should be prosecuted.

"I feel very, very badly that's a very shocking sight" Trump told reporters, adding that he asked Attorney General Barr to take a "very strong look," at it.

"What I saw was not good," he added, according to a CBS reporter.
Protests in Minneapolis following George's death (Image: REUTERS)

An initial video of the incident, which emerged on Tuesday, shows Mr Floyd gasping for air and groaning, "I can't breathe," as Chauvin pins him down with a knee to his throat, before he passes out.

The Floyd case is reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he was heard saying: "I can't breathe."

His dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that formed amid a wave of killings of African-Americans by police.
Police officers appear to be kneeling on a person (Image: MSNBC)

At a morning news briefing on Thursday, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo apologised to Floyd's family, conceding his department had contributed to a "deficit of hope" in Minnesota's largest city.

Hours later, officials overseeing investigations from the U.S. Justice Department, FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and local prosecutors appealed for calm at a joint news conference, as they gathered evidence.

"Give us the time to do this right, and we will bring you justice," County Attorney Mike Freeman told reporters.