The Death of George Floyd: A Timeline

Monday, May 25, 2020 

8-8:30 p.m.

Officers respond to a call at 3759 Chicago Avenue regarding a man trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill. Two police officers arrive on the scene originally and identify the man to the suspect’s description who was in his vehicle on E 38th St., next to Cup Foods. After they identify the suspect, they forcibly remove the suspect from the vehicle and handcuff them. One officer seats the suspect, now known as George Floyd, on the side of the building and after a brief moment, picks him up and takes him to the squad car parked on Chicago Ave., across from Cup Foods. Two more police officers, who are now know as Officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, arrive on the scene. There seemed to be an interaction or a brief struggle before Floyd was pinned on the ground. Reports allege that Floyd refused to enter the car after he was moved from the driver side of the squad car to the passenger side. One of the police officers, Officer Derek Chauvin, restrains the Floyd by putting his knee to Floyd’s neck. For 5 minutes, Floyd struggles and pleads with the officers, telling them that he can’t breathe.

“My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts.”

Floyd calls for his mother, “Mama, mama!”

“They’re going to kill me.”

George Floyd utters his last words, “I can’t breathe.”

Eventually, Floyd becomes unresponsive and goes limp. A short time later, paramedics arrive on the scene and load Floyd into the ambulance. When Minneapolis Fire personnel arrived, Floyd was already loaded into the ambulance on a gurney. Two people from the Minneapolis Fire personnel got into the ambulance and found that the paramedics were working on a male without a pulse.

 Source: Star Tribune reporting

9:25 p.m.

George Floyd is pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

12:41 a.m.

The Minneapolis Police Department sends a press release. This press release claims that “After he [George Floyd] got out [of his car], he physically resisted officers.” Furthermore, the release goes on to say that the officers “noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.” The release did not mention why he was suffering medical distress nor did it mention an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

3:11 a.m.

Minneapolis Police Department announces that the FBI will be a part of the investigation and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will investigate as well.

6:45 a.m.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradonda hold a press conference. Frey reacts to George Floyd’s death saying, “What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up… what I saw was wrong at every level… Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”

10:30 a.m.

Benjamin Crump identifies George Floyd as the man who died.

11 a.m.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office issues a statement promising that “at the end of the investigation, the findings will be presented to our office for consideration of prosecution. We promise a thorough, expedited review consistent with our on-going commitment to justice.”

2 p.m.

In another press conference, Minneapolis Chief Arradondo announces that the four officers involved have been fired. These officers have not yet been identified.

5 p.m.

The protest for the death of George Floyd begins and many people gather around the site of George Floyd’s death.

5:55 p.m.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner releases their first report regarding George Floyd’s death. The report states, “the cause and manner of death is currently pending further testing and investigation by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.”

6:30 p.m.

Protestors make their way to the Minneapolis Police’s Third Precinct and begin to throw items at the police, who then responded by pepper spraying protestors.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Minneapolis releases the names of the four officers involved in the incident: Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng.

12:30 p.m.

Mayor Jacob Frey holds a press conference urging charges to be pressed by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman against the officer who had held his knee against Floyd’s neck. Frey states, “We watched for five whole, excruciated minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed black man… If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. I cannot come up with a good answer to that question.”

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office responds to Mayor Frey’s comments:

“This office is aware of Mayor Frey’s comments. We are working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner to expeditiously gather and review all of the evidence in the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.

The videotaped death of Mr. Floyd, which has outraged us and people across the country, deserves the best we can give and that is what this office will do.”







Katie Chung is in her third year at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Economics and Business. She plans to graduate a year early in hopes of going to law school after graduation and has automatic acceptance into the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Katie is currently working with a nonprofit organization that aims to register young voters for the 2020 election and will be working for a Congressman this fall.

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