The Daily Mail published leaked body camera footage from two of the now-former Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd.

The footage showed a panicked Floyd struggling with officers while in the back of a squad car, said CNN.

In the video, Floyd is pleading “I can’t breathe” minutes before his death.

It also shows, Officer Thomas Lane asking Officer Derek Chauvin whether Floyd should be rolled on his side.

Chauvin is the one that pressed his knees over Floyd’s neck.

The incident happened May 25th.

Floyd’s death was also recorded on cell phone video.

This sparked protests nationwide.

Media Restriction

Conversely, Judge Peter Cahill, who is handling the case, restricted the media from publishing the footage.

A coalition of local and national media companies, including CNN, filed a motion in July calling for the immediate release of the two body-worn camera videos.

Though the Daily Mail does not disclose how they obtained the footage of the police body cameras.

The footage was from the police body-worn cameras of Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

A spokesman for the judge said on Monday that Cahill had yet to rule on the motion to publicly release the body camera footage.

Attorneys for Chauvin and Kueng declined to comment.

CNN also reached out to attorneys representing Thao and Lane for comment Monday but did not receive an immediate response.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Attorney, General Keith Ellison, who is prosecuting the case, claimed that his team is not the source of the video the Daily Mail leaked.

Ellison said:

“The prosecution team is not the source of the leak. We will continue to take the strictest precautions to ensure a fair trial.”

British Tabloid

The Daily Mail is a London-based tabloid.

It is a British daily middle-market newspaper, founded in 1896.

In 2020 it overtook The Sun and became the United Kingdom’s highest-circulation daily newspaper.

It has also been criticized for its extensive coverage of celebrities, the children of celebrities, exposing property prices, and their portrayal of asylum seekers.


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