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Cops Involved In George Floyd’s Death Allegedly Roughly Detained Another Black Man Weeks Before

by : Cameron Frew on : 28 Mar 2021 17:36
Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death Allegedly Roughly Detained Another Black Man Just Weeks BeforeCameron Frew

Three police officers connected to George Floyd’s death allegedly roughly detained another Black man just weeks before, new footage has shown. 

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who leaned on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with prosecutors recently granted permission to pursue a third-degree murder charge.

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Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Along with Chauvin, they’ve now been accused of roughly detaining another Black man weeks before Floyd’s death. Tou Thao, another attending officer with the same charges, wasn’t involved in this incident.

Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.PA Images

As reported by the Star Tribune, the three officer, along with Luis Realivasquez, arrived at a South Minneapolis apartment building where a woman was reportedly being held hostage.

As they entered the building, a man named Adrian Drakeford walked out. When officers mistakenly thought he had a knife, they tackled him to the ground and detained him. Meanwhile, his brother Lee asked for their badge numbers, while his girlfriend Kamaria Layton shouted, ‘He didn’t do nothing.’

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Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death Allegedly Roughly Detained Another Black Man Just Weeks BeforeStar Tribune

The 27-year-old wasn’t connected to the 911 call, and he didn’t have any weapon whatsoever – it was a knife sharpener. Nevertheless, he was detained alongside his brother Terrance, who took issue with how the police was treating Adrian. Lee ran away before he could be detained, and the officers never found the caller or alleged victim.

Adrian was released without any charges and the Minneapolis City Attorney dropped an obstruction of legal process charge against Terrance ‘in the interest of justice’.

Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death Allegedly Roughly Detained Another Black Man Just Weeks BeforeStar Tribune
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The officers wrote in a report, ‘This whole call was unfounded because everyone on scene at this address was uncooperative.’

Andrew Gordon, who represented Terrance as part of the nonprofit Legal Rights Center, told the publication, ‘The timeline here is troubling. The same officers are involved in the murder of George Floyd, using some of the same techniques and the need and desire to control people.’

He added, ‘This is not the first decision point where someone could have done something. This was maybe the last one.’

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: News, Derek Chauvin, George Floyd, Now, Police, police brutality, US

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    Video: Weeks before pinning George Floyd, three of the same officers roughly detained the wrong man