The disturbing video of a black man dying in police custody raises several questions about the conduct of the police officers. Four police officers from Minneapolis were fired, says City’s mayor. In the video, the black man kept telling “I Can’t breathe”, as the white police officer pushed his knee into his neck.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Attorney Benjamin Crump who is representing his family identified the man as George Floyd.
On Tuesday, the mayor said that the four police officers linked to Floyd’s death have been fired. The mayor tweeted, “This is the right call,”
One of the onlookers shared the video on Facebook that shows Floyd begging for help, as officers pinned him to the ground before he stopped responding. Floyd can be heard saying “Please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man, please ” repeatedly. Floyd says, “I can’t breathe,”
Forgery is NOT a crime punishable by death. This is not only #POLICEBRUTALITY, it is MURDER! First Eric Garner, now this. We must put an end to the senseless killing of our Black men! #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/oIgyohfDLL
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 26, 2020
Someone can also be heard telling Floyd to get up and get in the car, even though it is unclear if the man is an officer or someone else.
To which Floyd says, “I can’t move, everything hurts. Give me some water or something, please. I can’t breathe, officer.” He also says, “They’re going to kill me, man.”
The onlookers can be heard saying police to stop, saying that the man’s nose was bleeding and he was not resisting arrest. When Floyd became unresponsive, the onlookers asked the officer to give him immediate medical attention. However, the officer kept asking onlookers to get back instead of providing immediate medical attention.
Paramedics checked his pulse and took him to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, says Police to KSTP.
Mr. Crump representing Floyd’s family has issued a statement that reads, “We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck. This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violence charge, How may ‘while black’ deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally end?”