Four police officers have been fired in the US state of Minnesota following the death of a black man. The video shows a policeman holding a black man by the knee.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Aradondo says four police officers are now “ex-officers.” The footage shows George Floyd groaning and repeatedly telling a white police officer, “I can’t breathe.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said it will investigate Monday evening’s incident.
Minnesota police say Floyd, 46, who worked as a security guard at a restaurant, died in a “medical accident” after a confrontation with police.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jacob Frey confirmed that all four police officers involved in the incident had been fired.
“That’s right,” he tweeted.
Earlier, in a press conference, Jacob Frey called the incident “completely and utterly wrong.”
“I think what I saw was wrong in every way,” he said. Being black in the United States should not mean the death penalty.
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) May 26, 2020
The incident in Minneapolis began with a customer trying to use a fake 20 20 bill at a store.
According to the police statement, the officers saw the suspect in his car. They were told that the man, who had not been identified at the time, was “sitting on top of a blue car and appearing intoxicated.”
According to police, when the man was ordered to get out of the vehicle, he physically resisted the police.
According to the statement, the police managed to handcuff the suspect and found him in critical condition.
In the video, made by an eyewitness, the man is pushed to the ground by an officer and on one occasion he says: “Don’t hit me.”
Eyewitnesses told the officer to remove his knee from the man’s neck because he was not moving. One said he was bleeding from his nose, while another pleaded, “Leave his neck.”
The black man appears motionless before being put on a stretcher and then in an ambulance.
Police say no weapon was used in the incident, but footage of the incident has been handed over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Appeals, which is investigating the incident.
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A journalist with the Star Tribune wrote on Twitter that he had been hit by a rubber bullet fired by police.
A local TV TSP reporter tweeted that the protesters had broken the windows of the police station.
Earlier, police said in a statement about George Floyd’s death: “As additional information has become available, it has been decided that the FBI will be part of the investigation.”
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Police Chief Medaria Aradondo said the force’s policies on “controlling someone” would be reviewed as part of the investigation.
According to the Associated Press, Minnesota police officers are allowed to kneel at the suspect’s neck as part of the department’s use of force policy, unless the airway is obstructed.
Speaking about involving the FBI in the investigation, Chief Aradondo said he made the decision following “additional information” from the local community that “offers more context.”
A spokesman for the FBI’s Minneapolis Division said the agency’s investigation would focus on whether police officers deliberately deprived a person of the rights or privileges that are protected under the US Constitution or laws. ۔
Once the investigation is complete, the agency will present its findings to the Minnesota State Attorney. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Arrests, which investigates most deaths in custody, will continue its investigation, focusing on possible violations of state law.
A statement from Minnesota Sen. Amy Colbacher called for a full and detailed investigation into the incident.
“This person and his family should get justice, our community should get justice, our country should get justice,” he said.
After the death of Eric Garner in July 2014, “I can’t breathe” became the national slogan against police brutality in the United States.
Garner, an unarmed black man detained by police on suspicion of illegally selling open cigarettes, uttered the sentence 11 times. These were the last words of Garner, 43, who died after being strangled by a police officer.
The New York police officer involved in Garner’s deadly arrest was fired from the police force five years later in August 2019, but no officer has been charged.
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