Bystander Darnella Frazier filmed a white police officer driving his knee into a black man’s neck for about seven minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
George Floyd repeatedly told the cop that he could not breathe, but the cop refused to let up, notes CBS News:
My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts… [I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer.
While the man begged for his life, a second white officer told him to “relax.” The second cop appeared to be trying to block the murder scene from public view.
Bystanders begged the police to check his pulse, but the cop continued to keep his knee on the man’s neck. The man later died.
The Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement that police were responding to a “forgery in progress,” notes CBS News.
Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence. Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.
After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance.
At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. … Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident.
After issuing a pro-police version of the facts, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said on May 26 the FBI will lead an investigation due to the possible civil rights violation:
Two of the officers involved have been relieved of duty status. The officers are still receiving pay, but have no law enforcement duties.