The dismissed Police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s knelt for several minutes as black man pleaded, “I can’t breathe”, has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
Former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes before the black man went motionless, a video of the incident showed.
The death of the 46-year-old Floyd has sparked days of sometimes violent demonstrations in Minneapolis and other US cities over police brutality against African-Americans.
George Floyd was unresponsive for nearly three minutes before the officer removed his knee from his neck, according to a complaint filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in the arrest of Derek Chuavin.
US President Donald Trump said he had spoken with the family of George Floyd.
Trump, speaking during an event at the White House, also said “we can’t allow” the demonstrations in Minneapolis “to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos”.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a curfew on the city beginning at Friday night.
Under the curfew, only specified public safety personnel and other essential workers will be allowed in public places from 8pm to 6am (01:00-10:00 GMT) Friday and Saturday nights.
US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota applauded Chauvin’s arrest, calling it “the first step towards justice.”
Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Floyd’s killing via Twitter,“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in America. It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.
The first black US president cited conversations with friends in recent days, including one with an African American business owner who said Floyd’s killing “hurt” to watch.
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020