A Minneapolis police officer had been kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained several times that he couldn’t breathe. He was later pronounced dead. This was seen on a viral video being circulated around on social media for the last 24 hours.
The department took prompt action on Tuesday and fired the four officers involved in this incident. But this was certainly not enough for his family members as well as prominent individuals.
“I would like for those officers to be charged with murder,” his sister Bridgett Floyd said during a Wednesday appearance on the “Today Show.” “Because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.” “And almost the whole world has witnessed that,” she added, “because somebody was gracious enough to record it.”
The state and federal authorities are investigating the case. Minneapolis police said officers were countering an alleged forgery on Monday evening. They suspected Geroge Floyd who was sitting in his car. The police claimed that he “physically resisted” after he got out hence their suspicion grew. The four Officers handcuffed Floyd who seemed to be suffering from medical distress. The police said he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead,
Videos were captured by eye witnesses who were present at the scene of the arrest. The video clearly shows that an officer had his knee pressed against the neck of the 46-year-old, who was handcuffed on the pavement. He was constantly complaining that his body hurt and he couldn’t breathe. Two officers handled the man on the ground while another stood nearby with his eyes on the bystanders as traffic passed.
The FBI are looking into it and have said they will present their findings to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota for consideration of possible federal charges.
The FBI also said that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting its own investigation into possible violations of Minnesota statutes.