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US News George Floyd Death: Minneapolis Police Video Leads to Protests

07:35  29 may  2020
07:35  29 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The bystander video shows a white Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into a black man’s neck during an arrest, as the man repeatedly says, “I A woman hold a sign while protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd , on May 26, 2020

Stephen Jackson wearing glasses and standing in front of a brick building: George Floyd © Offices of Ben Crump Law George Floyd The F.B.I. and Minnesota law enforcement authorities are investigating the arrest of a black man who died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee, in an episode that was recorded on video by a bystander and that sparked large protests in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

After the graphic video circulated widely on social media, the mayor denounced the actions of the four officers who were involved and said on Tuesday afternoon that they had been fired. He identified the victim as George Floyd.

Mr. Floyd, 46, a resident of St. Louis Park, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb, was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. Monday at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the medical examiner.

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It could take at least three weeks to determine the cause and manner of Mr. Floyd’s death, Hennepin County officials said.

The arrest took place on Monday evening, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement, after officers responded to a call about a man suspected of forgery. The police said the man was found sitting on top of a blue car and “appeared to be under the influence.”

Flowers are seen at the site where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller © Thomson Reuters Flowers are seen at the site where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller

“He was ordered to step from his car,” the department’s statement said. “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.”

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The statement said that officers had called for an ambulance and that the man had been taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, “where he died a short time later.”

On Tuesday morning, without referring to the video recorded by a bystander, the police updated a statement, titled “Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction,” that said that additional information had “been made available” and that the F.B.I. was joining the investigation.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis tweeted that four officers involved in the case had been terminated. “This is the right call,” he said.

The bystander video shows a white Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into a black man’s neck during an arrest, as the man repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe,” and, “Please, I can’t breathe.”

Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller © Thomson Reuters Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller

As the video spread on social media on Monday night, the arrest quickly drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died in New York police custody in 2014 after an officer held him in a chokehold. Mr. Garner’s repeated plea of “I can’t breathe” — also recorded by a cellphone — became a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct around the country.

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“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Mr. Frey said in a statement on Tuesday. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes.”

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, condemned the force used by the officers.

“George Floyd deserved better and his family deserves justice,” Mr. Biden wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. “His life mattered.”

Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday at the intersection where Mr. Floyd had been subdued, protesting the conduct of the officers.

Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller © Thomson Reuters Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller

The local news media reported that two people had been shot near the protest, but a Police Department spokesman, John Elder, said one person had been shot “away” from the protest and described the person’s injuries as not life-threatening. It was not immediately clear who did the shooting, he said.

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" George Floyd 's death should lead to justice and systemic change, not more death and destruction," he said in a statement calling on all protests to remain peaceful. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Wednesday for criminal charges against the policeman who was filmed pinning down Mr Floyd .

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Some protesters vandalized police vehicles with graffiti and targeted the precinct house where the four officers had been assigned, Mr. Elder said.

The police fired foam projectiles known as marking rounds and used tear gas to try to repel some of the protesters, he said. The Police Department did not immediately say if there had been any arrests.

The video recorded in Minneapolis on Monday shows that after a few minutes, the man, lying face down in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back, becomes silent and motionless; the officer continues to pin the man to the pavement with his knee.

Bystanders plead and curse, begging the officer to stop and telling him the man’s nose is bleeding. Another officer faces the people gathered on the sidewalk. An ambulance medic arrives and, reaching under the officer’s knee, feels for a pulse on the man’s neck.

Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Thomson Reuters Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The medic turns away, and a stretcher is wheeled over. The arrested man is then rolled onto the stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and taken away.

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Jovanni Thunstrom, who employed Mr. Floyd as a bouncer at his restaurant, Conga Latin Bistro, said in an interview Tuesday that he was in disbelief when he saw the video.

“It’s hard to believe a police officer would do that,” said Mr. Thunstrom, who was also Mr. Floyd’s landlord. “He wasn’t a threat to justify excessive force used on him.”

Mr. Thunstrom said that Mr. Floyd had become a friend during the five years that he worked for him and the four years that he rented a duplex unit from him in St. Louis Park.

“No one had nothing bad to say about him,” he said. “They all are shocked he’s dead. He never caused a fight or was rude to people.”

A woman hold a sign while protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd, on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - A video of a handcuffed black man dying while a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than five minutes sparked a fresh furor in the US over police treatment of African Americans Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired four police officers following the death in custody of George Floyd on Monday as the suspect was pressed shirtless onto a Minneapolis street, one officer's knee on his neck. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images) A woman hold a sign while protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd, on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - A video of a handcuffed black man dying while a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than five minutes sparked a fresh furor in the US over police treatment of African Americans Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired four police officers following the death in custody of George Floyd on Monday as the suspect was pressed shirtless onto a Minneapolis street, one officer's knee on his neck. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, but the head of the union said in a statement to the local news media that people should not rush to judgment while the investigation is ongoing.

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“Our officers are fully cooperating,” the union head, Lt. Bob Kroll, said. “We must review all video. We must wait for the medical examiner’s report.”

Mr. Frey said on Tuesday that he did not know how the initial police statement, describing a “medical incident,” had come to be written, but he said he wanted to be “absolutely as transparent as possible.”

“It’s the kind of thing where you don’t hide from the truth, you lean into it, because our city is going to be better off for it, no matter how ugly, awful it is,” he said. “If it points out the institutional racism that we are still working through right now, well, good — it means that we’ve got a lot of work to go.”

The video did not show what had happened before the officer pinned the man to the ground by his neck. Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis police said at a news conference on Tuesday that he had received information the night before that led him to deem it “necessary to contact the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis bureau of the F.B.I.”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: Protestors clash police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: Protestors clash police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

He said he had asked the agency to investigate, and he declined to comment on what information he had received.

The F.B.I. is conducting a federal civil rights investigation, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement. The state bureau also said that it was conducting its own investigation at the request of the Police Department and that it would release its findings to the Hennepin County district attorney’s office.

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The names of the officers will be released after interviews, it said.

Benjamin L. Crump, a Tallahassee, Fla., lawyer who has risen to prominence by taking on similar cases, said he had been retained to represent Floyd’s family. “This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a nonviolent charge,” Mr. Crump said in a statement.

In a separate statement, John Gordon, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, called the video “horrifying” and said it underscored the immediate need for a thorough, fair and transparent investigation into the case. He added that “the officers involved — not just the perpetrator, but also those who stood by and did nothing — must be held accountable.”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People march after gathering at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People march after gathering at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, called the episode “sickening.”

“We will get answers and seek justice,” he said.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Tina Smith, Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Betty McCollum, all Democrats from Minnesota, wrote a letter on Tuesday asking the U.S. attorney for Minnesota and the Hennepin County attorney to investigate the officers’ actions.

“Police brutality must end,” Ms. Omar wrote on Twitter. “We must pursue justice and get answers to this unjust killing.”

Similar high-profile cases have generated large protests and given rise to a national debate over police conduct toward black people, as happened in 2016 after an African-American man, Philando Castile, was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was later acquitted of second-degree manslaughter and of endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man’s neck and ignoring the man’s protests that he couldn’t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man’s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

“If you’re sad, I get it,” Mr. Frey said at the news conference Tuesday, with a reminder about the risks of the coronavirus. “If you’re angry, that makes complete sense. If you feel the need to protest, of course, we want to make sure that people are able to express themselves.”

He described the event on Monday night as “awful” and “traumatic.”

“When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help,” he said. “This officer failed in the most basic, human sense. All I keep coming back to is this: This man should not have died.”

The Police Department’s statement said that no weapons had been used and that the officers’ body cameras were recording. Mr. Frey said that he had seen the video “taken and posted by a civilian” but not the body camera footage.

In a Facebook event on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Frey said he understood and supported the rights of people who would protest the episode but asked that protesters wear masks and respect social distancing procedures.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man © 2020 Image Star Tribune / Carlos Gonzalez MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- MAY 26: People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surface showing him kneeling on a handcuffed African-American man"u2019s neck and ignoring the man"u2019s protests that he couldn"u2019t breathe. The man later died. An attorney for the man"u2019s family identified him as George Floyd. (Photo by Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

“I encourage people to voice their opinions and anger, their heartbreak and their sadness, because undoubtedly it will be there,” he said.

Mr. Thunstrom, the restaurant owner, said that the last time he had heard from Mr. Floyd was when he paid his rent last week and told him that he was looking for a job. The restaurant where Mr. Floyd worked has been closed to on-site dining since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

“I hope something changes, because I lost a friend,” Mr. Thunstrom said.

Alan Yuhas contributed reporting.

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