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Police ignored George Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ plea, transcript shows

WASHINGTON – The former US police officer charged in the death of George Floyd told him to stop shouting and save his breath as he knelt on his neck and Mr Floyd gasped for air, according to a newly released transcript of police body camera footage.

The death of Mr Floyd, a black man, in police custody on May 25 led to anti-racism protests and demonstrations against police brutality across the United States and around the world with protesters calling for racial equality and police reforms.

“Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” Mr Floyd said during the nearly nine minutes that the officer knelt on him as he went lifeless.

Mr Floyd pleaded for help as he was pinned to the ground, according to the transcript made public on Wednesday as part of a motion filed in the Minneapolis state court.

“I’m through, through. I’m claustrophobic. My stomach hurts.”

My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please. Please? I can’t breathe officer,” he said.

“You’re going to kill me, man,” Mr Floyd said.

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