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A former Minneapolis police officer involved in the arrest of George Floyd admitted he could have been “more observant” as he worked crowd control during the nearly eight minutes his partner held his knee against Floyd’s neck.
Tou Thao, one of four former officers charged in Floyd’s death, described himself as a “human traffic cone” in a newly released video interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted eight days following the 25 May incident.
“I don’t want anyone to die,” Thao told an investigator who asked what his reaction was to Floyd’s death. “It was kind of a somber moment, especially for me. My heart kind of sank.”
Thao voluntarily participated in the 1hr 40min interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension eight days after Floyd’s death. He said that as the bystanders got louder, he became worried they might rush Chauvin and two other officers who were holding Floyd on the ground.
The St Louis Cardinals returned to action for the first time in 17 days on Saturday after their season was derailed by a coronavirus outbreak.
The reigning NL Central champions have played just five games since Major League Baseball started its shortened 60-game season last month.