4 Minneapolis Cops Fired After 1 Officer Was Filmed Kneeling on the Neck of a Black Man, George Floyd, Who Died
Four police officers have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department in Minnesota after one of them was filmed driving his knee into a black man‘s neck, George Floyd, for at least seven minutes on May 25.
Not long after, Floyd was declared dead at a local hospital.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made the announcement on May 26 that the cops had been fired, notes The Washington Post.
Bystander Darnella Frazier filmed as George pleaded with the police, notes CBS News:
My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts… [I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer.
While Floyd begged for his life, a second white officer told him to “relax.”
The Minneapolis Police Department claimed the officers were responding to a “forgery in progress” and that George “physically resisted officers,” notes CBS News.
However, the police failed to mention the cop’s knee was on George’s neck, even though the video clearly shows it.
After offering a defense of the officers, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he asked the FBI to investigate after receiving “additional information.”
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter called the killing by officers “one of the most vile and heartbreaking images I’ve ever seen,” and added, “This must stop now.”