Bodycam footage of George Floyd’s arrest was officially released on Monday in compliance with a court ruling.
On Friday, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled that the footage should be made public after several news outlets filed to legally force the issue.
Previously he had allowed reporters to view the shocking footage of Floyd’s Memorial Day killing in Minneapolis in court only.
The footage shows a clearly anxious Floyd being accosted by officers, guns drawn, who rap on his car window after they’re summoned for his alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill.
The ensuing struggles end in the black man’s death under former police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.
The videos, which are body camera footage from two of the responding officers, shows Floyd being cuffed within two minutes of being confronted by officers in his car, according to KARE-TV. The encounter ends in Floyd’s death.
Initially the Minneapolis Police Department refused to release the footage because of its role in the investigation of the officers’ response, CNN reported. It was filed by an attorney for one of the three officers who were on hand but did not stop their colleague.
All four officers were immediately fired, and later arrested and charged – Chauvin with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.