A 911 dispatcher watching real-time footage of George Floyd’s arrest in south Minneapolis last month became concerned about the officers’ behavior and told a police supervisor she didn’t want to “snitch” but thought he should be made aware of the situation, according to an audio recording. The supervisor promised to “find out” what was happening, but didn’t immediately respond to the scene. The recording, of a phone conversation between the supervisor and the dispatcher — neither of whom was identified — were released yesterday on the city’s website, along with transcripts of two 911 calls about the incident.
In the recorded phone conversation, the dispatcher appeared concerned about a police encounter outside Cup Foods, at 3759 Chicago Av., but told the supervisor she didn’t know whether force had been used. “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. The supervisor responds: “Yeah, they haven’t said anything yet … just a takedown, which doesn’t count, but I’ll find out.” “No problem, we don’t get to ever see it so when we see it we’re just like, well, that looks a little different, but …” the dispatcher said, her voice trailing off. “Sounds good, bye,” the supervisor said. The phone conversation, according to the time stamp, lasted less than a minute and ended at 8:31pm Under the department rules, a supervisor is supposed to be notified any time an officer uses force, with few exceptions, and the supervisor usually responds to the scene.
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