Audio of concerned dispatcher released by Minneapolis police in George Floyd case

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Demonstrators set up memorial at Cup Foods Store, The site of George Floyd's arrest and murder in Minneapolis.

According to new audio released by the Minneapolis police, a concerned dispatcher notified his supervisor of the excessive force being used on George Floyd. The dispatcher was watching the surveillance cameras when he saw the four officers holding George Floyd down on the ground even though he was not resisting. 

Records indicate the dispatcher made the call on May 25th around 8:30 pm local time. This is about the same time George Floyd was being taken in the ambulance.Also Read- Police Officer Involved in George Floyd Case Released on Bail

“I don’t know, you can call me a snitch if you want to, but we have the cameras up for 320’s call, and…I don’t know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad, and all of them sat on this man, so I don’t know if they needed you or not, but they haven’t said anything to me yet,” the dispatcher said.

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Off-duty firefighter caught George Floyd’s death on camera

The Minneapolis police also released a 911 transcript of an off-duty firefighter who was coincidently near the area where George Floyd was arrested. In the transcript, he explains his concern over what he witnessed. The first responder said, “I’m on the block of 38th and Chicago and I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man, and I am a first responder myself, and I literally have it on video camera… I just happened to be on a walk so, this dude, this, they (expletive) killed him so…”

According to further details in the transcript, the firefighter tried to alert a supervisor but the call was disconnected.

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Another caller was recorded on the transcript expressing his concerns after watching the incident. The caller is then offered a chance by the dispatcher to speak to a supervisor at the Third Precinct.


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