How did George Floyd die? Using footage from bystanders and surveillance cameras, The New York Times reconstructed his fatal minute-by-minute confrontation with police.
On May 25, Minneapolis city police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a store employee accused him of paying for a pack of cigarettes with a fake $20 note. Seventeen minutes after the first police car arrived, Floyd lay unconscious on the ground, restrained by three officers.
By studying the video footage of bystanders and security cameras, along with the official documents and after consulting experts, The New York Times was able to reconstruct the minutes before Floyd’s death.
The day after George Floyd’s death, the four officers involved were fired. Shortly after, Officer Derek Chauvin, who can be clearly seen in the footage as the officer sitting on top of Floyd, was charged with manslaughter. Chauvin pressed Floyd’s neck with his knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while he repeatedly begged for help and indicated that he was out of breath. Even when the emergency services arrived, Chauvin remained with his knee in the neck of the then unconscious Floyd for a full minute.