As he lay there, face down, still in handcuffs, witnesses started to film Mr. Floyd. He appeared to be in a distressed state. These moments, captured on multiple mobile phones and shared widely on social media, were Mr. Floyd’s last.
As officers were restraining Mr. Floyd, Mr. Chauvin placed his left knee between his head and neck.
“I can’t breathe,” Mr. Floyd said repeated, pleading for his mother and begging “please, please, please”.
Mr. Chauvin kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.