George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin KNEW he was dead but stayed on his body to hid it fearing it would spark riots

KILLER cop Derek Chauvin stayed kneeling on George Floyd's neck knowing he was dead for fear of a riot erupting, one witness has claimed.

Minneapolis high schooler Kaylynn Gilbert was at the scene one year ago today and had begged former officer Chauvin to get off of Floyd.

The 17-year-old told the Mirror that she believed as the minutes went by, Chauvin realized that he had killed Floyd.

Chauvin was convicted of killing Floyd after a video of him kneeling on the dad-of-one's neck for nine-and-a-half minutes went viral.

Floyd could be heard saying "I can't breathe" as he was pinned to the ground in the clip.

The cop had his other knee on the 46-year-old's back, near where his hands were handcuffed.

In the shocking footage, Floyd can also be heard saying "Don't kill me!" before he becomes motionless with his eyes closed.

Kaylynn believed that the policeman feared if he had stood up it would have been obvious that Floyd had died and that tensions from the crowd watching would have boiled over.

“I believe Derek stayed on his neck for so long because he knew he was dead," she said.

“If he would’ve got up before the ambulance arrived, it would have escalated.

"Everybody would have known there and then George was dead…The police would have killed someone else.”

Kaylynn's video footage was used in Floyd's murder trial held in April which saw Chauvin convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.

Chauvin faces sentencing on June 25 while the three other fired officers who were at the scene still face trial.

"It doesn't make sense why he would stay on top of him, especially after George was unconscious," Kaylynn explained.

"A cop doesn't have any reason to be applying pressure to them when they're handcuffed. He knew what he was doing. I understood what he was doing.

"I had a gut feeling George was dead because of how the paramedics later lifted him up and how they were reacting.

"When I watch my video back, I can see that when the ambulance crew arrived they went to check his pulse, it was clear they couldn't find one."

On May 25 last year, police officers in Minneapolis responded to a call from a teenage grocery storeworker who alleged that Floyd has used a forged $20 note.

The 46-year-old dad was wrestled to the ground at which point Chauvin used his knee to restrain Floyd.

He was unconscious for three of the nine minutes he was on the ground.

Kaylynn had arrived at the scene just as the arrest was happening with her friend, Alyssa Funari, filming the officers.

But as her friend became more distressed by what she was witnessing, Kaylynn left the car and began to beg Chauvin to remove his knee from Floyd.

"At the time, I knew George needed help, but I didn't know then Chauvin was killing him," Kaylynn said to the Mirror.

The high schooler testified in court during the trial and told the court how as she got closer to Floyd, she was threatened by Chauvin with pepper spray.

'It was murder, pure and simple'

Kaylynn described Floyd's facing as going a dark purple before he was pronounced dead by the time the ambulance arrived.

Paramedics were told that Floyd had no pulse when they arrived at the scene.

"They then took their time to get the [stretcher]," Kaylynn said.

"Unbelievably, Derek was still on his neck. The ambulance crew had to signal to him to get off him.

"It was like they were saying "get up off of him – he's dead". It was murder, pure and simple."

Floyd was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It comes as a Minnesota judge has ruled that were aggravating factors in the death of Floyd, which could cause a longer sentence for Chauvin.

In his ruling dated Tuesday, Judge Peter Cahill found that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd last year and that he treated Floyd with particular cruelty.

He also cited the presence of children when he committed the crime and the fact Chauvin was part of a group with at least three other people.

Cahill said Chauvin and two other officers held Floyd handcuffed, in a prone position on the street for an “inordinate amount of time” and that Chauvin knew the restraint was dangerous.

Even with the aggravating factors, legal experts have said, Chauvin, 45, is unlikely to get more than 30 years when he is sentenced on June 25.

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