Footage shows a Minneapolis police officer kneeling On a man’s neck for at least 7 minutes before the man loses consciousness.
On Monday around 8 p.m. 42-Year-Old George Floyd can be heard on video repeatedly telling the officer that he can’t breathe during an attempted arrest.
For 7 minutes bystandeters begged the officer to let the man up and check his pulse.
Floyd died later after an ambulance brought him to Hennepin Healthcare, police say.
Officers said the man had a medical incident during the arrest. However, footage shows us different a view.
Leaders in Minnesota are calling for the officers involved to be held accountable.
On Tuesday morning at a press conference, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey spoke about the video, which has circulated online.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” he said, adding: “What we saw is horrible, completely and utterly messed up.”
An FBI investigation is underway following his death
The officers involved in Floyd’s death are on relieved of duty status the police chief said.
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The Minneapolis Police murdered this brother. This man, who, like Eric Garner, yelled out over and over and over again that HE COULD NOT BREATHE, was CLEARLY in distress. He is in handcuffs. On his belly. That already makes it hard for people to breathe. Then, for minutes and minutes on end, the officer keeps his KNEE on this man's neck – literally choking the life out of him. The people BEGGED for them to let up. BEGGED. Not that it would matter, but this man wasn't wanted for a violent crime. A grocery store thought he was signing a bad check. Yeah, really. A bad fucking check. Show me the white man that has ever been confronted and killed over this. People are hurting. People are out of work. I am so utterly disgusted and heartbroken that we live in a nation, in a time, where this keeps happening over and over again. Our team @GrassrootsLaw is going to fight for justice here and we won't let up until we get it. But here's the truth – JUSTICE would be this man this being alive right now. We are tired. We are angry. They are already LYING and saying they noticed he "went into distress." No, YOU PUT HIM IN DISTRESS and KEPT HIM IN DISTRESS. And this shit has to end. Call the Mayor, Jacob Frey @ (612) 673-2100 and let him know he needs to speedily fire these officers and call the DA @ 612-348-5550. That's Mike Freeman. Let him know he needs to file charges immediately. Follow @GrassrootsLaw.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020