Transcript for George Floyd case: Former officer Thao's interview, body camera footage released
Now for the latest developments on the investigation into George Floyd's death. One day after former officer tou Thao's body camera video was released, his attorneys released his interview with investigators. ABC's Alex Presha is in Washington with the latest. Alex, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning. This video coming out as you said in court filings. Former Minneapolis police officer to Thao's lawyers hoping it and body camera footage proofs he shouldn't face criminal charges. It was kind of a somber moment, you know, especially for me. My heart kind of sank. Reporter: This morning newly released video shows what former Minneapolis police officer tow Thao thought when he learned George Floyd died and what Thao says he could have done differently. I guess to be more observant towards Floyd. Reporter: This footage part of Thao's 1 hour and 40-minute interview with investigators. He explains how officer Derek chauvin got control over George Floyd. I believe with the left knee. Have you seen that or used a move similar to that? No. Reporter: The interview's release comes a day after Thao's body camera was filed in court, video his lawyers believe that he shouldn't face charges in the killing of George Floyd. Thao trying to control the growing crowd as other officers restrained Floyd until he lost consciousness and later died. At one point Thao confronts this woman in the black sweatshirt. She identified herself as an off-duty firefighter. The fact that you guys aren't checking his pulse and doing compressions, you guys are -- They're killing him but yet he tries to prevent her from giving any kind of aid to George Floyd. Yeah, they're saying, yeah, get off -- get off him. Get off his neck, you know, look at him. Suggesting what? Check on him. Did you do that? That was not my job. Reporter: In court documents obtained by "The star tribune" Thao's lawyer says he never touched Floyd, tried to increase the urgency of the emergency response and the last time Thao turned around to see what was happening, Mr. Floyd was alive and breathing. Now, prosecutors have confirmed that woman that you saw in the black sweatshirt was a Minneapolis firefighter. Now, lawyers will be back in court next month over a motion to try all four former officers at once and a tentative trial date is set for March of next year. Dan. This case and the video associated with it continues to horrify. Alex, thank you very much. Appreciate it.
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