WATCH: Full Police Interview of George Floyd-Involved Minneapolis Police Officer Tou Thao Released
The full police interrogation of former Minneapolis police officer was released to the public last week, revealing the exchange between the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The interview took place on June 22, 2020, just under a month after Floyd’s death and the firings of the four police officers involved in his fatal arrest.
Thao is interviewed by several Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agents Brent Peterson and James Ryerson during the video. FBI Agent Blake Hostetter also identifies himself as present near the beginning of the interview.
Thao, a ten year veteran of the force, summarizes his experiences at the scene of Floyd’s arrest in the police interview.
“I’m under the belief that you can always do something differently on every single call… I guess I would be more observant toward Floyd,” said Thao, summarizing his experience at the scene of Floyd’s death. He states that he was more concerned about the presence of a growing crowd as Officer Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s death for a time period of around nine minutes.
Thao argues that he didn’t have the chance to see that what Chauvin was doing was potentially dangerous or lethal on account of the crowd presence.
Bombshell medical documents from the Hennepin County coroner have revealed that Dr. Andrew Baker would conclude that George Floyd died of a drug overdose, if not for the circumstances of his arrest.
Thao is currently out on bond from the jail system while awaiting trial. From the looks of it, he has a decent chance of getting off on the charges.