911 Dispatcher Expressed Concern to Supervisor Over Police Officer Kneeling on George Floyd’s Neck

While a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, a 911 dispatcher watching from surveillance footage called a supervisor to express concern over the force used, according to a recorded phone call that was made public Monday. 

The dispatcher, who was not identified, watched the arrest from a 911 call center and called a supervisor to say what she saw looked “different.” The live footage came from a surveillance camera at the intersection where Floyd was arrested, according to city spokesman Casper Hill.

“You can call me a snitch if you want to, but we have the cameras up for 320’s call,” said the dispatcher, whose name is edited out of the recording.

“Um, I don’t know if they had used force or not,” she continued. “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 sergeant, who also was not identified, promised to “find out” what was happening.

Floyd died May 25 when Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd, who was Black, was handcuffed and told the officers he couldn’t breathe.

The four officers at the scene were fired, and Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Khrysgiana Pineda