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Video has emerged showing a white Minneapolis police officer pinning a black man to the ground by his neck with his knee, moments before the suspect loses consciousness and dies. The footage was taken by a bystander in south Minneapolis on Monday evening and has now sparked an FBI investigation into the man’s death. The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man died in a statement later that night, after the arresting officers responded to a forgery in progress. Police found the man, believed to be in his 40s, matching the suspect’s description in his car. “He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers,” police spokesman John Elder claimed in a statement. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.” The man, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died a short time later. But in the footage, the arresting police officer was seen pinning the man to the ground for more than six minutes as he pleaded with officers to release him.
Four members of the Minneapolis Police Department have been fired over the death of George Floyd. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed in a press conference yesterday that four officers have been terminated following Monday’s incident. “We know there are inherent dangers in the profession of policing but the vast majority of the work we do never require the use of force,” Arradondo said. The names of the four cops have not been released however, two officers seen in the video have been identified by Floyd’s family’s lawyer as officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao. The two were filmed in a video taken by a bystander on Monday which showed Floyd struggling to breathe on the ground as a white cop knelt on his neck for over six minutes. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also announced the firings on Twitter, saying, “This is the right call.”
The video was shared on Facebook by bystander Darnella Frazier, and has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, a black man who was a killed in 2014 after New York City police officers put him in a lethal chokehold. Garner, 43, died on July 17, 2014, after NYPD officers placed him in a fatal chokehold during his arrest. Video footage of the incident and Garner’s subsequent death sparked national outcry over police brutality towards the black community.
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Photo Credit: Darnella Frazier