Judge In George Floyd Case Allows Video Of Prior Arrest To Be Made Public

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A memorial stands where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 while in police custody.

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Earl Gray, an attorney for one of three officers facing charges of aiding and abetting murder in Floyd’s death, submitted the May 2019 police encounter to the court, according to MPR.

Gray argued Floyd showed «markedly similar» behavior to that captured in the fatal encounter with police on Memorial Day, MPR reports.

The video of Floyd’s arrest last year captures him not complying police demands to put his hands on his head or the dashboard of the passenger side of the vehicle he’s riding in. He also appears to be in possession of pills, according to police in the video.

The video also shows that Floyd and the man who was driving the vehicle complied, and both were taken into custody without incident.

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The footage of the previous arrest will almost certainly be the subject of future debate over whether it will be presented to jurors in next year’s trial, The Washington Post reports.

Former officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng are also charged with aiding and abetting murder in the killing of Floyd, which sparked international protests calling for an end of systemic racism and police brutality.

Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, faces second-degree and third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

All four officers have been released from jail on bond. Their trial is expected to start in March.

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