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Mon Jun 15, 2020, 02:51 PM

Concerned 911 dispatcher asked supervisor to respond to Floyd scene, tapes say

https://www.startribune.com/phone-tapes-mpls-911-dispatcher-asked-supervisor-to-respond-to-floyd-scene/571267242/

A 911 dispatcher watching real-time footage of George Floyd’s arrest in south Minneapolis was so alarmed by police officers’ actions that she called a supervisor who did not immediately respond to the scene, according to a newly released phone recording.

The recordings, of a phone conversation between the unidentified dispatcher and a Minneapolis police supervisor, were released Monday on the city’s website. They raised yet more questions about the department’s handling of Floyd’s death, which ignited worldwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

“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, and…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, so I don’t know if they needed you or not, but they haven’t said anything to me yet,” the dispatcher said.


According to the article, the records also include the transcripts from two other 911 calls made by witnesses, including an off-duty firefighter:

“Hello, I am on the block of 38th and Chicago and I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man, and I am a first responder myself, and I literally have it on video camera,” the unidentified firefighter says, according to the transcript. “I just happened to be on a walk so, this dude, this, they (expletive) killed him so...”

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Reply Concerned 911 dispatcher asked supervisor to respond to Floyd scene, tapes say (Original post)
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 15 OP
sheshe2 Jun 15 #1
Nevilledog Jun 15 #2
Generic Other Jun 15 #3
stopdiggin Jun 15 #4
Generic Other Jun 15 #5
stopdiggin Jun 15 #6
Amy-Strange Jun 16 #7
Generic Other Jun 16 #8
Amy-Strange Jun 16 #9

Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 03:20 PM

1. Those need to be played at the trials.

It was cold blooded murder.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 03:23 PM

2. I've never heard of dispatchers being able to monitor video in real-time.

Are they getting feeds from the bodycams?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 03:27 PM

3. Did the firefighter take any action other than call 911?

So many examples of negligence on the part of authorities.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 03:52 PM

4. the police were keeping others back

not requesting (or accepting) assistance from others (including responders) on the scene.

If you are suggesting that the "firefighter" could have (should have) pushed their way in to render aid ..? Would be subject to arrest for "interference."

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:24 PM

5. I was wondering if the firefighter was one of the citizens who spoke up

I recall several bystanders did.

And yes, I do think a firefighter would be within their rights to interfere. Arrest or no. In his/her defense they did call 911. So they already interfered.

So many people will live with that moment on their consciences.

Hard to sleep at night knowing you stood by as this unfolded.

I have rarely been this disturbed by witnessing an event on the evening news, so I can hardly imagine the reactions of individuals who were actually there.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:58 PM

6. I think bystanders (including the woman referenced)

did everything they could. You bull your way into this situation .. and you end up on the pavement with someone kneeling on your back.

Yes it's disturbing .. but (IMO) the only people that had any chance of saving this man .. were the people that were holding him down.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:06 AM

7. It happened to me...

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Two cops chased this friend of mine into my sister's apartment on New Years Eve.

They started to beat the guy, and I jumped in, and they stopped the beating. Instead they dragged us both down to the jail in two separate cars.

My sister was screaming to the cops that I was a lawyer (I'm not, but I do know a lot about the law), and I think that's why they put us in two separate cars so they could beat the other guy some more without me seeing it.

And in case you were wondering, my friend had a warrant on him, and legally, they had the right to follow him into my sister's apartment.
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Response to Amy-Strange (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:36 AM

8. The one thing you can never know is this

Your intervention might have prevented worse from happening to the person who ran into your sister's apartment. That's all I am saying.

I can't help but wonder if the firefighter will beat himself/herself up for the rest of their life for not doing more. I know I would. It isn't a matter of wrong or right, smart or dumb. In the heat of the moment, one reacts. And sometimes at their own peril.

If the firefighter had acted, a man might still be alive. So much destruction and pain might have been avoided. One small act of defiance.



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Response to Generic Other (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:42 AM

9. He probably will...

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because the reason I jumped in is because one time, I didn't, and it always bothered me, and I don't even think about it anymore before doing it.

If nothing else, this might get the firefighter (and everyone else who was there) to act the next time, and thank you for your kind words.
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