In a criminal complaint filed Friday afternoon, prosecutors wrote that Dererk Chauvin “had his knee on [George] Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive.
“Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous,” prosecutors wrote in the complaint, which says police encountered Floyd while investigating the possible use of a counterfeit $20 bill.
Prosecutors said Floyd complied with orders from police officers to leave his vehicle but did not “voluntarily” get in their squad car. “While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe,” they wrote.
Floyd was soon brought to the ground. One officer held Floyd’s back, another his legs, as Chauvin placed his left on Floyd’s neck. Floyd repeated, “I can’t breathe,” “Mama,” and “please,” as the minutes went by.
Eventually, one officer asked, “should we roll him on his side?” Prosecutors said Chauvin replied, “No, staying put where we got him.” The officer, Thomas Lane, said, “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” a condition associated with officer-involved deaths.
Prosecutors wrote that none of the three officers moved from their positions.