UPDATED: Four police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in custody in Minneapolis have been fired
Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired hours after a bystander's video provoked widespread outrage with footage that showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck.
Last Updated Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:52PM EDTA black man has died in Minneapolis police custody after video shared online from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. (Source: Darnella Frazier via Storyful)
SHAREMINNEAPOLIS -- Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander's video provoked widespread outrage with footage that showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted about the firings, saying "This is the right call."The man's death Monday night after he struggled with officers was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities. It immediately drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.
Frey apologized to the black community early Tuesday in a post on his Facebook page."Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man's neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you're supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense," Frey posted.
Police said the man matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store, and that he resisted arrest. The unidentified officer ignores his pleas. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe. Please, man," the man, who is handcuffed, is heard telling the officer.
After several minutes, one of the officers tells the man to "relax." Minutes pass, and the man becomes motionless under the officer's restraint. The officer leaves his knee on the man's neck for several minutes more.Several witnesses had gathered on a nearby sidewalk, some recording the scene on their phones. The bystanders became increasingly agitated as the man pleaded with police. One bystander told officers they need to let him breathe. Another yelled at them to check the man's pulse.
The victim was identified as George Floyd by Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights and personal injury attorney who said he had been hired by Floyd's family."We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck," Crump said in a statement. "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 non-violent charge."
Charles McMillian, 60, of Minneapolis, said he saw police trying to get Floyd into the back of the squad car and heard Floyd tell them he was claustrophobic.After having the officer's knee on his neck, McMillian said, the man started calling his mother's name, "and then he died."
"It's sad because it didn't have to happen," McMillian said.Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the department would conduct a full internal investigation.Experts on police use of force told The Associated Press that the officer clearly restrained the man too long. They noted the man was under control and no longer fighting. Andrew Scott, a former Boca Raton, Florida, police chief who now testifies as an expert witness in use-of-force cases, called Floyd's death "a combination of not being trained properly or disregarding their training."
"He couldn't move. He was telling them he couldn't breathe, and they ignored him," Scott said. "I can't even describe it. It was difficult to watch."The New York City officer in the Garner case said he was using a legal manoeuvr called "the seatbelt" to bring down Garner, whom police said had been resisting arrest. But the medical examiner referred to it as a chokehold in the autopsy report and said it contributed to his death. Chokehold manoeuvrs are banned under New York police policy.
A grand jury later decided against indicting the officers involved in Garner's death, sparking protests around the country.In Minneapolis, kneeling on a suspect's neck is allowed under the department's use-of-force policy for officers who have received training in how to compress a neck without applying direct pressure to the airway. It is considered a "non-deadly force option," according to the department's policy handbook.
A chokehold is considered a deadly force option and involves someone obstructing the airway. According to the department's use-of-force policy, officers are to use only an amount of force necessary that would be objectively reasonable.The police union asked the public to wait for the investigation to take its course and not to "rush to judgment and immediately condemn our officers." The Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which would handle any prosecution of police on state charges, said in a statement that it was "shocked and saddened" by the video and pledged to handle the case fairly. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota declined comment.
The death came amid outrage over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was fatally shot Feb. 23 in Georgia after a white father and son pursued the 25-year-old black man they had spotted running in their subdivision. More than two months passed before charges were brought. Crump also represents Arbery's father.
All body camera footage in the Minneapolis case was turned over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the agency asked to speak with anyone who saw the arrest or recorded video. The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol. The agency said the officers' names will be released after initial interviews with the people involved and witnesses.
The FBI is conducting a separate federal civil rights investigation, at the request of Minneapolis police, the BCA said. Messages left with the FBI were not immediately returned.The American Civil Liberties Union was among many organizations calling for the officers to be held accountable.
"You can't watch this appalling video posted by brave eyewitnesses on social media without seeing police officers' callous disregard for a black man's life," ACLU of Minnesota Executive Director John Gordon said, calling the death "both needless and preventable."
------Associated Press writers Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee and Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this report. Read more: CTV News »
They should be charged with murder! should be charged with murdur They deserve jail not just firing!!! Fired? They should be in jail. 'Snuffed Out on Street by police' should be the headline. Likely not even the suspect. Jail for a long time!!!!! Murder charges! Firefighter should testify for prosecution.
If these police officers are not criminally charged, there is something very very wrong in Minneapolis. I urge the community to stand together. We are human beings, not colours. My heart goes out to the family. lock them up throw them in gen pop - see if they get what they deserve - black ppl are discriminated against every day no wonder they get nervous when a cop is near - some1 needs to make a shirt that says - Yes I'm black don't kill me pls
Being fired is not enough !!! It should be 25 to life!!! Fired. How about charged with murder! It is still murder regardless of the clothes or the badge. This is becoming police normal behavior in the US cities and the man killers get away with the least of punishment. Enough is enough they should be charged with 1st degree murder, the video clearly shows the police intentionally kills the poor guy with utmost brutality.
That’s not enough! They should be prosecuted for murder. Just 'Fired'? That's straight up murder. The guy was begging and gasping for air the whole time. Good they were fired! Someone should have put a knee on their neck What was the crime he was being arrested for? Was he resisting arrest? If he truly, truly deserved to be arrested than I feel zero sympathy🤷♂️ People are fed up with black crime!!
It just dawned on me that black Lives actually don't matter in the USA. It's such a shame killing an innocent black man 😓🤦♂ Fired? Fired? What, no murder charges? These cops deserve a public execution like their victim. Damn,this doesn't look like an arrest...it looks like the man tried to crawl under the vehicle,scared out of his mind,trying to escape unwanted and cruel punishment he didn't see coming
If these officers were Ottawa Police would of been put on administrative Duties with full pay for only 2 weeks and then back to full duties as many Criminal Ottawa police officers do. Ottawa police always get a slap on the wrist. OttawaPolice ottawacity JimWatsonOttawa Only Fired !! They should of been charged and imprisoned for manslaughter.
Those ik positions of authority and implied power, MUST be held to a higher standard of care and (life or death) judgment. The cop with his knee on the deceased man's neck...hang him. Hang him so he too can feel his life slip away from him as he dangles helplessly. Sickening! They should be jailed !!!
These cops are all losers with no regard for human life Good! I've been a police supporter for years and years but I don't like the way police are abusing power Not just with this incident but with the whole lock down thing in general Fired? How about charged with murder!? They MURDERED A MAN IN PUBLIC IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!!! How can anyone not see that the poor soul lost consciousness right there and that PIECE OF SHIT POLICE OFFICER continued to put his full weight on his neck! Awful, shameful!
Should be charged with murder Speechless. Someone better let me know when Justice is served. I'm done with such a broken system. Simple human heart to save anothers life, u take it away !!! Heartless!!! ... Jail is the best term to use, come on !! They should be arrested Disgusting Murder charges please! cruel murder
Four police officers involved in the MURDER of an innocent black man have been fired. There, fixed your headline and made it more accurate Fired? They should be charged with second degree murder Should have murder charges against them all !!! Corrupt race-baiting Media Pigs at CTVCCP News. Media scum are a huge Enemy.
The FBI is now involved! fired at the least, we have to make examples out of these four, nothing else will work Not enough as need to be arrested and charged with murder as they shouldn’t be above the law Wow they need to go to prison for murder, anyone else would be I hope they are charged with assault leading to Death.
This act will undoubtedly cause backlash and distrust within that city for years moving forward. Congrats MPD, you singlehandedly undid what most on the Force were fighting to achieve. Equality and Respect. Good luck to you and your city, you will need it. Police brutality must be stopped, and those who violate the law must be brought to justice. This same thing is happening to the young protestors in Hong Kong everyday. And their government protects the police and encourages them to assault the protestors.
I don't have symphony for idiots who fight the police, not saying he should die, had he not resisted he would be alive .. So firing is new punishment for killing! They must be brought before court and charged for murder. We need to find out the whole story. He cop needs to be in prison now. Not tomorrow. He smiled while he murdered him. Why isn’t the cop in jail. And the boss should be in prison for letting a cop murder someone and say that’s ok.
That cop is a murderer! Jail time is next I hope Should be charged too! 'The police union asked the public to wait for the investigation to take its course and not to 'rush to judgment and immediately condemn our officers.'' Why are police allowed to form unions? Unionization of law enforcement officers, including COs, should be completely forbidden.
How about some charges, chief? Charge them with the man’s murder! If they were with the Toronto police service, they would be suspended with pay. Fired... should be charged ... period.. No. Prosecute them for murder. Don’t just fire them. Fired? And charged? George Floyd did not just 'die in custody', he was murdered on camera in full view of onlookers.
Good! This has been going on for too long. Man, I saw the whole 10 minute video and was even more disturbing then I thought. All those people trying to help gonna have ptsd from this. I would have so much guilt if I was there and witnessed this. The black guy in the video trying to help him gonna need some support.
That was quick. I can see them filing a grievance claim with the union. A proper investigation doesn't happen that quickly. Is this justice? CORRECTED: Four police officers involved in the KILLING of a black man who died in custody in Minneapolis have been fired Fired? They should be in jail Subjects watched the govt murder a man in front of their own eyes. And did nothing to stop it. Be a citizen, always record the police and do the right thing and intervene.
Call Minneapolis Mayor Jacob_Frey (612-673-2100) and ask those 4 face murder charges. Charged. The headline ought to be that they've been charged, not just fired. Losing your job is not nearly enough of a punishment for slowly executing someone on the street. Most progressives couldn't find Minnesota on a map. Perhaps deal with the gun violence right here in your own city rather than searching the world for your divisive politics.
Wow No wonder ppl dont respect cops. Some are Just dirty and racists with guns. They Just protect and serve themselves. Fired? They should be behind bars charged with murder. And hopefully charged with Murder and accessory to Murder. Now arrest em all. Lock em up. They need to be brought up on charges. This is unacceptable. That doesn’t even cover it but can’t think of any other words to describe it. No human should treat another human that way. I usually side with the police in most cases. But not here. Not at all.
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