On Friday (Aug. 7), a judge ordered that body camera footage from two police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest be released.
Judge Peter Cahill explained that the public has the right to see the videos after several organizations caught wind of leaked footage obtained by the Daily Mail. The clips in question are from body cameras worn by former officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.
As REVOLT readers might recall, the three former officers that were involved in George Floyd’s case have posted bail as they await for their court appearance. As for Derek Chauvin, who was captured pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, he remains behind bars with a $1.25 million bond.
Following Floyd’s tragic death, his family conducted a separate autopsy, revealing that the ex-cops played a role in his passing. “Sustained pressure on the right side of Mr. Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe,” Ben Crump, the family’s attorney, revealed. “The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”
In addition to the several protests that have broken out in America, many people are finding ways to pay tribute to Floyd. His brother Terrence recently marched alongside Eric Garner’s mother, Gween Carr, in New York, calling for an end to racial inequality.
“I know we are angry. I know we are upset, but keep it peaceful. We don’t need anybody else on the front page,” said Terrence. “We must keep protesting until we get true accountability, true transparency and true legislation,” Carr added.
Floyd’s brother Po also announced that he launched a funding effort in Chicago aimed at preventing violence. “Brothers in Chicago,” he said during a press conference last month. “Today, I’m announcing we are putting new and significant dollars into combating gun violence directly on the streets of Chicago. Please stop killing, y’all stop, we need to come together, there’s a bigger picture.”