The lawyer representing George Floyd’s family has labelled the 46-year-old man’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, as “premeditated murder”.
Floyd’s death, which was recorded on video, has sparked outrage all across the United States. Protests have escalated out of control to the point where the military has been called in to aid local authorities. Meanwhile, the policeman responsible for Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third degree murder – but this isn’t enough for the Floyd family’s representative.
“We think that he had intent… almost nine minutes he kept his knee in a man’s neck that was begging and pleading for breath,” Benjamin Crump told CBS news.
Chauvin drove his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he had fallen out of consciousness.
“The fact that officer Chauvin kept his knee on his neck for almost three minutes after he was unconscious. We don’t understand how that was not first degree murder. We don’t understand how all these officers haven’t been arrested,” Crump added.
The three accompanying officers in the incident have all been fired. Another detail, which Crump describes in his interview, is that the audio from other officers’ body cam footage reveals that one of the other officers asked to roll Floyd onto his side after they couldn’t read a pulse, a request to which Chauvin refused.
“We now have the audio from the police body cam and we hear where one officer says ‘he doesn’t have a pulse, maybe we should turn him on his side’, but yet officer Chauvin says ‘no, we’re going to keep him in this position’. That’s intent,” Crump concluded.