Maurice Lester Hall, the longtime friend of George Floyd who was in his car when he was stopped by police and brutally killed, has now revealed that Floyd did not resist the police when they came to arrest him, before he was killed while in police custody.
Hall and Floyd are both from Houston and became friends in Minneapolis through a pastor.
Hall, 42, was in the passenger seat of George Floyd’s car when his friend was detained by police and killed in Minneapolis on May 25.
After George’s death, Hall fled Minnesota for Houston, where he was tracked down by police and is now being interviewed by a Minnesota state investigator for hours as a key witness into the probe of the conduct of the four police officers who arrested Floyd.
Hall who saw as the white police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee behind Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded ‘I can’t breathe’, before Floyd gave up the ghost, said;
‘He was, from the beginning, trying in his humblest form to show he was not resisting in no form or way,’ Hall said.
‘I could hear him pleading, “Please, officer, what’s all this for?”‘ he said Wednesday night to the New York Times.
Hall says he and Floyd spent part of his last day together May 25 before they were cornered by police on suspicion of using a fake $20 bill at a deli.
‘He was just crying out at that time for anyone to help because he was dying,’
‘I’m going to always remember seeing the fear in Floyd’s face because he’s such a king. That’s what sticks with me, seeing a grown man cry, before seeing a grown man die,’ he added.
‘When the whole world was finding out that they murdered George Floyd. I went and said a prayer where I witnessed him take his last breath, and I left,’ he said
‘I knew what was happening, that they were coming. It was inevitable. I’m a key witness to the cops murdering George Floyd, and they want to know my side. Whatever I’ve been through, it’s all over with now. It’s not about me,’ Hall said.