Derrick Scott: Footage released of black man who died last year after saying ‘I can’t breathe’ as officer said ‘I don’t care’


Derrick Scott’s family said he was just one of many “George Floyds” – as footage of his arrest last year was released.

By Alix Culbertson News reporter @alixculbertson

Photo: Derrick Scott was chased down by police officers after he ran away from them as they tried to arrest him/ Skynews

New footage has been released of a black man saying “I can’t breathe” during his arrest last year as a white officer says he does not care – before the victim died in hospital.

Derrick Scott, 42, can be heard repeatedly asking for his medicine as he struggles for air, in the police body camera footage from 20 May 2019, released this week by Oklahoma City police department.

“I don’t care”, says officer Jarred Tipton after tackling Mr Scott to the ground when he ran away from police, after allegedly brandishing a gun in a car park.

Another officer can be heard a couple of minutes later saying: “You can breathe just fine.”

After several minutes, Mr Scott appears unresponsive and one of the officers can be heard on the phone to paramedics saying: “He’s acting like he’s unconscious.”

Mr Scott was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident mirrors that of George Floyd, who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck during his arrest as he said: “I can’t breathe.”


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