Outrage erupts around the country as 46-year-old African American man named George Floyd died Monday


A 46-year-old African American man named George Floyd died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by the knee of a police officer, according to the New York Times. The incident was recorded on video and has led to large protests in Minneapolis where the incident took place. The footage was recorded by a bystander and was widely shared on social media early on Tuesday morning. This led to community outrage, an F.B.I. civil rights investigation, and the firing of the officer and three other officers who were on the scene. The arrest happened on Monday evening. ~

The bystander video depicts a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black man during an arrest, as the man repeatedly says “I can’t breath,” and “Please, I can’t breath.” After a few minutes, the man becomes silent and motionless, and the officer continues to pin the man to the pavement. The video does not show what happened before the officer pinned the man to the ground by his neck. The Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement that they responded to a call about a man suspected of forgery, and they claimed he “appeared to be under the influence.” “He was ordered to step from his car,” the department’s statement said. “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.” The statement said that officers had called for an ambulance. ~

Relatives of Mr. Floyd have said that the officers should be charged with murder. Philonise Floyd, the brother of Mr. Floyd, told CNN “They treated him worse than they treat animals, they took a life — they deserve life.” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey quickly condemned the officers actions and called on prosecutors to file charges against the officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck. ~

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