George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on Monday. Video captured by bystanders shows an officer with his knee pressed against the neck of the 46-year-old, who was handcuffed on the pavement. Two officers handled the man on the ground while another stood nearby with his eyes on the bystanders as traffic passed. “Please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd says. “… My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.”
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.
Floyd was pinned to the ground in a violent arrest by the officers with one of them kneed on his neck for more than eight minutes, crying out for his mother Sissy, who died about 18 months ago. He cried out for his mother with his last breath, he cried for the woman who raised him. Those who knew George Floyd, say he was a “gentle giant” who was quick to help and easy to adore.
The four officers involved in the incident were fired Tuesday night, no charges in the case have been filed, but Floyd’s family is calling for them to be arrested and charged with murder.
The united States President, Donald Trump has also reacted to the incident, “At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd….”.
Protests turned violent in Minneapolis Wednesday evening as police clashed with demonstrators angry over the death of George Floyd. Protesters were blocking traffic Wednesday at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue to demand justice for George Floyd, whose death has sparked outrage worldwide.