A black man named George Floyd died on May 25, 2020. Floyd died after police in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for 7 minutes.
In a statement, police claimed that Floyd died in a medical incident.
Video of the arrest shows a police officer (Officer Derek Chauvin) kneeling on his neck. In the video, Floyd repeatedly told police he could not breathe and then went unconscious.
The other officer seen in the arrest video is Officer Tou Thao.
Chauvin has has “been involved in at least three police-involved shootings over his career with the MPD: Wayne Reyes in 2006, and Leroy Martinez and Ira Latrell Toles, both in 2011” according to police records, the Star Tribune reported.
After the footage was released, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, “I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level. Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”
Video: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey responds to death of George Floyd
Attorney Benjamin Crump announced he had been hired by Floyd’s family. In a tweet he wrote, “We have been informed that the man killed by Minneapolis police was named George Floyd. #JusticeForFloyd #icantbreathe”
The death is now being investigated by the FBI and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
“The F.B.I. and the Minneapolis Police Department are investigating the arrest of a black man who died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee, in an episode filmed by a bystander and denounced by the mayor on Tuesday,” the New York Times reported.
Police were called to Cup Foods on the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South. According to the call, a man was trying to use forged documents.
The police report claimed that the man, George Floyd, was intoxicated and in a blue car.
John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police, told reporters, “After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.”
George Floyd Arrest Video
The video was posted by Darnella Frazier to his Facebook account. It is captioned, “They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy 💔💔#POLICEBRUTALITY”
“In the nine-minute video, an officer can be seen kneeling on a man’s neck at the side of a squad car. The man can be heard groaning and repeatedly telling police he can’t breathe,” WCCO CBS Minnesota reported.
“He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro,” one eyewitness can be heard telling the police. “You’re fucking stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?”
Reaction to Floyd Death
“It is sickening to watch this black man be killed while helplessly begging for help,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “Black lives matter isn’t just a chant, it’s call for justice. It’s a call for our humanity to be recognized. This must stop. There needs to be an immediate DOJ investigation into this.”
“The video of a Minneapolis police officer killing a defenseless, handcuffed man is one of the most vile and heartbreaking images I’ve ever seen. The officer who stood guard is just as responsible as his partner; both must be held fully accountable. This must stop now,” wrote St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.
On the morning after, at the scene of George Floyd’s death, people gathered and placed balloons, flowers, and a sign labeled “Black Lives Matter.”
“Here’s the sad reality: what happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Christian Cooper has gone on for generations to Black Americans. Cell phones just made it more visible,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “Dismantling systemic racism in our nation starts with demanding justice & holding offenders accountable.”