Dispatcher unafraid of being 'snitch' reports Floyd arrest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 911 dispatcher who appeared to be watching in real time a Minneapolis policeman pushing George Floyd's neck down called a supervisor to tell him what she saw and didn't bother to whether it made her look like a "snitch," according to a recording of the call released on Monday.
During the call, the dispatcher calls a police sergeant and says that what she saw on the live video looked "different" and she wanted to tell him about it. The dispatcher was in a 911 call center at the time, watching a video from a surveillance camera attached to the intersection where the police had arrested Floyd, the city's spokesman, Casper Hill.
"I don't know, you can call me a snitch if you want, but we have the cameras ready for a 320s call. ... Um, I don't know if they used violence or not. They have something from the back brought in by the squad and everyone was sitting on this man, so I don’t know if they needed you or not, but they haven’t told me yet, ”says the dispatcher, whose name has been cut from the recording.
"Yeah, they didn't say anything unless it's just a takedown that doesn't count," said the sergeant. "But ... I'll find out."
"No problem," said the dispatcher. "We'll never see it. If we see it, we're like whoa. Ah, good? It looks a little different."
According to the Police Agency's Use of Violence Directive, officers are not required to notify regulators if the use of violence has been a shutdown technique. However, for all other violent or suspected injury incidents, regulatory reporting is required. According to the policy, the officer must remain on site and immediately notify a manager of the force deployed, and the manager will conduct a military review.
Floyd, a black man handcuffed, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, used his knee to pin Floyd to the floor. Chauvin, who held his knee to Floyd's neck even though he said he couldn't breathe and couldn't move, was charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter.
The three other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting murder and second-degree homicide. All four officers were released.
The widely-seen video, shot by a viewer, shows Chauvin's actions and Floyd's face banged against the street as he gasps. It also shows Thao, who was facing the bystanders. In the viewer video, Lane and Kueng are covered by a patrol car.
The 911 transcripts of two bystanders who had called the police were also released on Monday. One comes from a bystander who said an official “pretty much only killed this guy who didn't oppose the arrest. He had his knee on the guy's neck all the time. "
The caller goes on to say that Floyd "stopped breathing ... he was already in handcuffs ... I don't even know if he was dead, but the guy didn't respond when the ambulance came and got him, and the officer who was left out here, the one who just murdered the child in front of everyone. "
The operator asks if the caller wants a sergeant and the caller says, "Yes, what you just did was wrong."
A second published 911 call log comes from a person working as a first aider.
"I literally watched policemen not measure a pulse and do nothing to save a man ... I literally saw him on a video camera (clears his throat). I was just going for a walk, so, this guy, they (explicitly) killed him, ”says the caller.
This person also expresses their willingness to speak to a manager, but the call is disconnected and the operator has attempted to reach the caller four times over the next two minutes, to no avail, the minutes say.
In the viewer's video, a woman can be heard in the background who says she is a Minneapolis fireman and repeatedly asks officials to measure Floyd's pulse.
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