A video posted on social media this week shows a police officer keeping his knee planted on the neck of a black man who pleaded that he couldn’t breathe and subsequently died shortly afterward.
It happened Monday night, when cops were responding to a “forgery in progress.” Police arrived and saw the suspect sitting in a car. According to the Department, the man resisted arrest so he was placed in handcuffs, adding “he appeared to be suffering medical distress.”
The Police Dept. added, “At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident.”
What the P.D. did not address … is the video, and it’s incredibly disturbing.
The black man can be heard moaning and telling the officer that he’s having trouble breathing.
The officer doesn’t budge, as another officer passively watches.
It’s apparent the man is in distress, as a passerby screams, “That’s bulls***, bro. You’re stopping his breathing right there, bro. Get him off the ground, bro,” adding the officer was “enjoying it.”
The man becomes motionless, an ambulance shows up and the man is taken to a hospital where he died.
Today a new video surfaced that is showing the moment George Floyd was pulled from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs.
The new video also shows officers wrestling with Floyd as they attempt to restrain him and place him in handcuffs.
YouTube version of the video:
Twitter version of the video:
New video sent to us shows the moment George Floyd was removed from his vehicle and handcuffed on 38th and Chicago.
Video courtesy of Christopher Belfrey pic.twitter.com/MiIIula4sA
— Alex Lehnert (@AlexLehnertFox9) May 26, 2020
The Minneapolis Police Department first requested an independent investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and later contacted the FBI as well after the force received additional information that indicated the incident “could be a question of civil rights,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Tuesday.
Floyd’s family has reportedly retained the services of Benjamin Crump, a well-known civil rights attorney who previously represented the family of Michael Brown, a black teenager whose 2014 killing by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, helped propel the Black Lives Matter movement into national prominence.
Arradondo announced that four officers involved in the incident had been fired Tuesday afternoon, which Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said was “the right call.”
Will this new video clear thing up or will create more troubles?
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