crime and punishment

J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane’s bodycam footage show George Floyd, Shawanda Hill, Maurice Lester Hall

Footage from the body cameras of former Minneapolis Police Department officers J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, showing George Floyd‘s final minutes can now be viewed online. The video from the former is more than 18 minutes long while the one from the latter is 10 minutes long.

In the second week of July 2020, transcripts from the videos were released but a judge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States had ruled that they could only be viewed in the courthouse. Recently, the videos were leaked to Daily Mail, which start with Kueng and Lane entering Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

On May 25, 2020, an employee from the Cup Foods store made a 911 call to report Floyd for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Kueng and Lane, who were both in their first week as Minneapolis Police Department officers, were the first cops to arrive at the scene and their training officer Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, along with another veteran officer Tou Nmn Thao, 34, arrived few minutes later.

Floyd died while in the custody of Kueng, Lane, Chauvin and Thao. The death reignited the Black Lives Matter movement.

J. Alexander Kueng, George Floyd

J. Alexander Kueng, George Floyd

As seen in the leaked bodycam footage, a male Cup Foods staff member is waving the banknote as he rushes up to Kueng and Lane. The cops then approach Floyd’s blue Mercedes SUV on the other side of the street.

It was Lane who approached Floyd who was sitting at the driver’s side while Kueng approached the passenger side. Floyd’s former girlfriend Shawanda Hill, 45, was in the back seat while their friend Maurice Lester Hall, 42, was in the front passenger seat.

Lane is seen knocking on the car window with his flashlight, but Floyd does not immediately open the door. Once the door is open, Lane immediately pulls out his handgun and points it straight at Floyd’s head.

After getting Floyd out of the vehicle, Lane talked to Hill and Hall. The cop asked them, “Why’s he being all squirrelly and not showing us his hands and just being all weird like that?”

“Because he’s been shot before,” Hill replied. Lane then said, “Well I get that but still, when officers say, ‘Get out of the car…’ Is he drunk or something?”

“No, he’s got a thing going on,” Hill replied. She seemed to suggest that her former boyfriend had mental problems as she pointed to her head and made a circular movement with her finger.

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