A black man died at a Minnesota hospital on Monday, shortly after bystander video was shared online of the man being assaulted by a white police officer outside a grocery store. The horrifying shows the man, who has been identified as George Floyd, saying “I can’t breathe” to the officer, who has his knee on the man’s neck and leaves it there for several minutes. The injured, unarmed man then stops moving entirely. The Minneapolis Police Department later said in a statement that Floyd died of a “medical incident.”
According to a police , officers were responding to reports of a “forgery in process” and “were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence.” When the officers arrived, according to their report, they found Floyd sitting in his own car, at which point they ordered him to step outside. According to the incident report, Floyd then “physically resisted arrest.” Police say it was only once they cuffed him that they realized he was “suffering a medical distress” that prompted them to call an ambulance. Police say he died shortly upon arriving at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
青青青国产在观免费2018Darnella Frazier, the bystander who filmed the altercation, which was left out of the police report, said that when she got to the scene Floyd was already on the ground. “The cops, they was pinning him down by his neck and he was crying,” she said in a Facebook . She said she remembered his face was pressed so hard against the ground that his nose was bleeding. A crowd quickly formed around the scene. Several people can be heard on tape telling the cops to stop hurting Floyd and to check his pulse once he appears to be unresponsive.
The video prompted Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey to apologize to the city’s black community on his Facebook page, where he wrote on Tuesday morning, “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man’s neck … When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.” Hours later, Frey that the four responding officers had been terminated.
The incident will no doubt remind people of Eric Garner, whose brutal death at the hands of NYPD officers in 2014 (cops kept him in a choke hold as he repeatedly yelled “I can’t breathe”) was a major flash point for the Black Lives Matter movement. Outrage over the death of a 25-year-old black man named Ahmaud Arbery青青青国产在观免费2018, who was shot to death while jogging in February, is still painfully fresh. Graphic footage of the incident that went viral earlier this month shows Arbery fleeing two armed white men before shots are heard.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo in a press conference on Tuesday that the FBI will be investigating the case as a possible civil-rights infringement.
This post has been updated.