An African American man identify as George Lloyd has been killed by a police officer who pinned him down with his knee, leading to massive outrage on social media.
In a video going viral, a police officer is seen holding George down after he “physically resisted officers”.
“I can’t breathe,” he kept repeating but the cops didn’t listen. The cop who was kneeling on his neck did not ease pressure even as the man complained.
“Get up and get in the car,” another officer is heard telling George Lloyd but it’s clear that the man can’t get up unless the officer stops holding him down.
At some point, George starts screaming for his “grandma.” He is also heard saying: “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts.”
Bystanders approached the scene and told the officer to get off of the man. One person pointed out that the man’s nose had started to bleed but they didn’t listen. The man then stopped moving and appeared to be unresponsive as the ambulance arrived at the scene and placed him on the gurney to take him away.
The video, which was captured by Facebook user Darnella Frazier, was captioned, “They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy #POLICEBRUTALITY.”
The Minneapolis police later released a statement claiming that officers responded to a report of “forgery in progress.”
The statement continued to claim, “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.”
The police continued to note that no weapons were used during the incident and body cameras were worn and activated during that time. The officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave.
A number of Black American celebrities have reacted in outrage to George’s death.
Watch the video below
This is George Floyd. You are probably wondering why he is being choked to DEATH by this cop right here. Under not the crime, but the raised suspicion of forging a bad cheque at a grocery store. Not that it would have even mattered, this is clear cut police brutality! pic.twitter.com/LHTgwiP6LY
— ayub (@holygulag) May 26, 2020
The four responding officers involved in the incident in south Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd have been terminated, according to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
“This is the right call,” Frey said in a statement on Twitter.
Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed the community Tuesday afternoon regarding the firing of the officers.
Monday night’s incident comes on the heels of several cases of Black men and women being killed by police or former law enforcement across the US.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Tuesday that the four responding officers involved in the incident have been fired.
Frey announced the dismissals on Twitter, saying “This is the right call.”
Floyd’s death Monday night after a struggle with officers is under investigation by the FBI and state agents. The incident drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life saying he couldn’t breathe.
Frey apologized Tuesday to the black community in a post on his Facebook page.
“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