KEY POINTS

  • A 911 dispatcher alerted police supervisors that  George Floyd's arrest "looks a little different" 
  • The supervisor said that it was "just a takedown"
  • The first supervisor came to the scene 37 minutes after the incident

A 911 dispatcher who was watching the real-time footage of the arrest of George Floyd on May 25 expressed her concern about the Minneapolis cops use of force and behavior. So bothered was the dispatcher that she alerted the police supervisor of what was happening, transcripts of the 911 calls released Monday (June 15) showed.

Records of the phone conversation between the unidentified 911 dispatcher and the police supervisor, which lasted roughly a minute, were posted on the city government's website.

"I don’t know, you can call me a snitch if you want to but we have the cameras up for (squad) 320’s call," the dispatcher said in the recorded conversation. "I don’t know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad, and all of them sat on this man."

The supervisor, on the other hand, told the dispatcher that there hasn't been "anything yet" since it's "just a takedown." He also said that he'll find out more about the incident as the dispatcher repeated that something "looks a little different" during Floyd's apprehension.

According to the department's rules, police supervisors must be notified if an officer uses force during apprehension and they must also respond to the scene. Star Tribune reported that the first police supervisor on the scene was Sgt. David Pleoger, who arrived 37 minutes after the incident and 14 minutes after the 911 dispatcher called the department. However, it was not established if Pleoger was the supervisor on the phone with the dispatcher.

Floyd died while Officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, and he repeatedly said "I can't breathe" while being pinned down. Chauvin has been charged for second-degree murder while three other officers were slapped with charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The cops apprehended Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for his purchase at a convenience store. The nephew of the convenience store owner said in a Facebook post that they've regretted calling the cops on Floyd.

Meanwhile, another footage also showed that bystanders asked the police to stop pinning down Floyd. A video captured by one witness showed that people were pleading to the other officers to intervene as Chauvin was using force against Floyd. His death sparked a wave of protests and violence across the United States.