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Police Interview – Ex-Officer Tou Thao – Charged in Death of George Floyd
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In an interview with Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators, Thao said he responded to the scene to back up other rookie officers in an area known to be hostile to police.
He said his main job was to keep his fellow officers safe.
“As the crowd is starting to grow and become loud and hostile toward us, I decided to forgo traffic, put myself between the crowd and officers … make sure they don’t charge us or bull rush us,” he said.
He told investigators Floyd was resisting arrest.
“He’s not going to be cooperative, he’s already showing it. If we put him in there, possibly he might end up hurting himself or bang himself on the windows or kicking out, damaging the squad car,” he said. “Let’s just stop what we’re doing, put him on the ground and call for an ambulance.”
Prosecutors filed the interview as evidence in court. Video of the interview was released Friday.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Lane, Kueng and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four officers were fired and are scheduled for trial in March.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is prosecuting the case, has asked the judge to have all four officers tried jointly. Defense attorneys have until Sept. 8 to respond.
The next court hearing for the four is scheduled for Sept. 11.