Four officers have been fired after a horrific video showed an officer kneeling on a black man’s neck as he pleaded ‘I can’t breathe’ before he died.
Minneapolis, Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey heralded the firings as ‘the right call’ after George Floyd died following his brutal arrest by officers on Monday. The officers who were fired have not been identified.
Police were initially called to investigate a report of a forgery at a business and found the Floyd, who matched the suspect’s description, in his car, police spokesman John Elder said.
‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,’ Elder said.
The video of the incident, which was posted to Facebook by Darnella Frazier, shows the white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he is heard crying out in pain and struggling for breath.
‘I can’t breathe. Please, I need my neck, I can’t breathe, shit,’ Floyd can be heard saying after an officer asks him what he wants.
‘Get up and get in the car,’ one of the officers says as Floyd cries out.
‘I can’t…my neck, I’m through,’ he responds as his face is pressed against the pavement.
‘My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,’ he continued as bystanders tell officers to let him up.
‘This is why you don’t do drugs kids,’ an officer can be heard saying.
At the video’s four-minute mark, Floyd goes limp with the officer’s knee still on his neck.
Floyd was eventually taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later.
He was identified after his death by civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, who said he is representing Floyd’s family.
Crump said he will ‘seek justice for the family’ and added that he is demanding answers from police.
The incident is currently under investigation by the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
‘The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is shocked and saddened by hat appeared in a recent video. The BCA and FBI are both investigating the case,’ said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who will decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
‘The office, through several of our most veteran prosecutors, is assisting in directing that investigation. We are also in consultation with the US attorney.’
‘Every person is entitled to fairness;no person stands above the law,’ Freeman added.
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