TOU Thao's newly released bodycam footage shows shocked bystanders saying "you're going to let them kill him" during George Floyd's arrest.
On Thursday, the clip was released, documenting how Thao stood between his fellow cops and witnesses, who were recording them in Minnesota.
Floyd, 46, can be heard telling ex-Minneapolis officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng that he can't breathe on May 25.
Meanwhile, Thao is engaged in crowd control, pushing people away from the scene and making them stay on the sidewalk as they yell in protest.
Floyd's body is being held down by Chauvin behind the patrol vehicleat around 8.20pm on the night Floyd died.
When one concerned woman asks if Floyd has a pulse, Thao shouts her down, telling her she doesn't know what she is doing.
"I do know," she retorted – but the experience she stated is bleeped out of the disturbing footage.
The tape depicts Floyd's infamous arrest from a different angle outside Cup Foods, where staff claimed Floyd tried to use a bogus $20 bill.
On Monday, copies of Keung and Lane's cam footage was released, at the behest of Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill.
From Thao's perspective, the outrage of bystanders was clear – a group which included a teenage girl, 17.
"You're such a man bro. You could've lifted him off the ground. That s*** is messy bro," one man can be heard telling Chauvin.
"You know that s**t is bogus," he repeatedly said as Floyd is loaded into an ambulance.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Tao, Lane, and Kueng are facing lesser charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Thao's attorney wants to dismiss the charges, however.
Last week, a memo stated that Thao offered a hobble restraint – which restrains suspects by their wrists and ankles, limiting their movement – to the other three officers, but it was turned down.
The memo said he then "immediately turned his attention to crowd control."
"When Officer Thao turned his back to Mr Floyd and the three other officers for the last time, Mr Floyd was still alive and breathing," it stated. "Officer Thao did nothing to aid in the commission of a crime."
But Keith Ellison, Attorney General for Minnesota, argued that the four were all culpable and "worked together" to conduct the crime.
Chauvin held Floyd down with his knee on the man's neck.
During this time, Kueng and Lane held Floyd down, while Thao prevented people around them from stepping in.
Ellison wants a single trial for all four officers.
The next court hearing for them is scheduled for September 11.
Floyd's police custody death prompted widespread outrage in the USA and beyond.
It ignited Black Lives Matter protests but also looting, riots and civil unrest as the US battles the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity, and unemployment.
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