A video that is viral on social media right now shows a police officer kneeling on a black man’s neck while he laid on the floor in handcuffs during an arrest.
Darnella Frazier, a bystander, caught the incident on cam and shared it on social media.
The video Frazier caught shows George Floyd groaning and telling the police that he was having a hard time breathing.
The Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25, 2020.
A Passerby condemned the officers for their actions.
Four Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the arrest of Floyd have been fired on Tuesday.
Mayor Jacob Frey announced the firings on Twitter, saying “This is the right call.”
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
This is the right call.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
While on the ground, George could be heard saying:
My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. … (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. … I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.
In a post that was by Mayor Frey for the incident, he said:
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. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.
Frazier shared the footage on Facebook, with the caption of:
They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy. #PoliceBrutality
The Minneapolis Police released a statement about the incident, where they tried to explain what happened:
Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence. Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. 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. Officers called for an ambulance. At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. Body-worn cameras were on and activated during this incident.
Bodycam footages have been turned over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They are the ones that investigate police shootings and in-custody deaths.
At one point in the video, a police officer could be heard saying: “Don’t do drugs, guys.” And one man yells, “Don’t do drugs, bro? What is that? What do you think this is?”
The Hennepin County medical examiner identified Floyd but said that the cause of his death was still pending.
Floyd had worked as security personnel for 5 years at the Conga Latin Bistro, a restaurant, and rented a house from Jovanni Thunstrom, the owner of the restaurant.
Medaria Arradondo, the Chief of the Minneapolis Police, said that the department will be conducting a full internal investigation.
The police did not identify police officers.
Tom Kelly, an Attorney, did confirm that he is representing Derek Chauvin, the officer that was seen with his knee on the neck of Floyd.
9-year-old Judeah Reynolds, a witness of the incident, spoke to WCCO with her mother, Diva Reynolds.
All the adults kept saying, ‘Get off him’.
Diva Reynolds said:
They came and woke me up, and the only thing my daughter could tell me is, ‘Mom, they had his knee on his neck and they killed him.’
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of George Floyd.
May his soul rest in peace.