People gather to protest the death of a black man Monday night that was in police custody in Minneapolis.
Four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, were fired following Monday’s arrest of an African American man who died after one white officer knelt on his neck. The victim is heard on video repeatedly begging for he’s life, while the police officer would occasionally lift his knee only to jam it further into the man’s neck.
Multiple bystanders are also heard in the video attempting to reason with the white police officer and with he’s partner saying that he was choking the victim to death, but the white officer maintained a very chilling and malicious expression as he’s partners ensured that no one could get to close.
A bystander captured the scene on video and posted it on social media, and it was quickly broadcast across the country.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted Tuesday that relieving the four officers of their jobs is “the right call.”
“He should not have died. What we saw was horrible. Completely and utterly messed up. This man’s life matters,” the mayor 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.”
Minneapolis police say the victim, George Floyd, resembled a suspect wanted in a forgery case, and that officers acted after Floyd resisted arrest.
This death resembles the death of Eric Garner which shook the Nation in 2014 after a white police officer murdered Eric, also black, in New York City in a very similar fashion. Both instances involve a white police officer joking a black man to the point of suffocating them while in both instances the men while under police submission.