by Muthoni kimani
May 27, 2020
A black man died in Minneapolis police custody after a video shared online showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Tuesday said that the four responding officers involved in the incident have been fired and identified the victim as George Floyd.Frey further said, "This is the right call."
Floyd's death on Monday night after a struggle with officers is under investigation by the FBI and state agents.
Protesters gathered Tuesday evening at the Third Precinct and also at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site where the incident occurred, Minneapolis police said Floyd matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and resisted arrest.
The video shows an unidentified officer kneeling on his neck and ignoring his pleas. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,” Floyd is heard telling the officer.
After several minutes, one of the officers tells Floyd to “relax.” “Man, I can’t breathe,” he responds. Minutes pass and the man becomes motionless under the officer’s restraint.
The officer leaves his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes more.
Many have taken to social media to condemn this act.
Why couldn’t they just put him in the car? God rest his soul... if u watch this video and your heart doesn’t break... it’s getting scarier and scarier for African American men when it comes to police... I struggle everyday to find answers... the officers are now on paid leave... and their police federation is saying let’s not rush to conclusions??? Wow ... cantbreathe
Chriskirwa wrote; "Being Black in America should not be a death sentence."
Yesterday we celebrated and honored our heroes who fought and died for us... Today this? A cold, inhumane, soulless, cowardly act. This is absolutely disgusting. WE NEED JUSTICE. This is ￼disgraceful. ￼Praying for the family of George Floyd. We Have to DO BETTER!!! Rip George Floyd 💔
Its 2020 don’t even bring up a protest!!!!!! Now they killing us on camera it’s no excuses left!