Former police officer Tou Thao was ready to employ a different restraint on George Floyd after he was subdued and on the ground but the other officers involved chose not employ it, according to his criminal complaint that was released today.
At one point, while Floyd was on the ground, Thao "obtained a hobble restraint from the squad car to restrain Mr. Floyd," the complaint said.
The restraint is a piece of webbing or belt designed to go around a person's legs to limit movement.
"But the officers decided not to use it and maintained their positions," the complaint said.
Instead, Thao "became concerned about a number of citizens who had gathered and were watching the officers subdue Mr. Floyd," the complaint said.