Here we go again. Minnesota police are feeling the heat and are being accused of killing an unarmed Black man after a video hit social media showing an officer pinning a suspect to the ground. At the same time, he screamed, ‘I can’t breathe.”
In the viral clip, the man who has been identified as George Floyd is pinned down by an officer who has his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck. The Minneapolis Police Department quickly pointed out there were no weapons involved but described the situation as a “medical incident.” In the clip, which is eerily similar to the video of Eric Garner’s fatal arrest and takedown, Floyd can be heard screaming, “I can’t breathe” while the officer is on top of him.
A public information officer with the Minneapolis Poice Department said that the officers were responding to a suspect committing “forgery” and that Floyd was “appeared to be under the influence.” He also claimed that Floyd “physically resisted officers” and that the officers “realized that the suspect was suffering medical distress.” He was subsequently taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The public information officer’s explanation isn’t passing the eye test with people demanding action be taken immediately. Civil Rights attorney, Benjamin Crump revealed Floyd’s name on Tuesday morning following the outcry on Twitter over what many are calling a murder.
Crump has been retained by Floyd’s as their lawyer, the FBI is also now investigating Floyd’s death.
Black Americans are fighting two pandemics, COVID-19 and unfair policing. Twitter, of course, and understandably so is outraged at after watching the video and is reacting on social media. You can see the Tweets in the gallery below.
This is murder. Both officers need to be booked for murder.— Ethical Society of Police - ESOP (@ESOP_STL) May 26, 2020
These officers should have been charged within hours of their crime like any citizen would have been if they did this to us? https://t.co/fnZsTX6dX9
That Minneapolis police video is disturbing as fuck to watch and they should take that shit down. That shit fucked my whole day up. A gotdamn snuff film.— Karlous (@KarlousM) May 26, 2020
Serious warning about the video circulating of Minneapolis PD killing George Floyd. The clarity with which you can see his pain and the cop's malice is overwhelming.— austin walker (@austin_walker) May 26, 2020
His name is George Floyd.— BlackCultureEntertainment🗣 (@4TheCulture____) May 26, 2020
And he was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department.
We lost another one by the hands of officers. pic.twitter.com/Uhf27Qgl4a
Imagine being one of the bystanders, powerless to help without getting killed yourself, as the cops leisurely kill this guy in broad daylight. https://t.co/Qltqh2t6a3— WhatKindOfCourtSystemIsHat (@Popehat) May 26, 2020
Woke up to learn the cop that woman hoped would show up in Central Park yesterday showed up on a street in Minneapolis today. Going back to bed.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) May 26, 2020
Tou Thao. Hopefully former Minneapolis police officer and soon to be prisoner. He knew what his partner was doing was wrong but he stayed there and said nothing. This is why the "not all cops" thing is flawed. The so-called "good ones" sit by and let the terrorism occur. pic.twitter.com/noW5ttloSJ— Phella (@PhellaDaFam) May 26, 2020
Last night, a White Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of Black man who was already cuffed and lying on the ground, for at least 7 minutes - even as the man told him he couldn't breathe and became unconscious.— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) May 26, 2020
The man's name was George Floyd and the officer killed him. pic.twitter.com/gWJo7ZfX9n
NAN and I call for a thorough and fair investigation. This Minneapolis police case clearly appears to result in a unarmed man’s death. It appears like an Eric Garner like incident. JUSTICE!!— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 26, 2020
WARNING: This is the most disturbing video you will ever watch. This is a video of Minneapolis police murdering a black man in front of dozens of people, as he begs them to stop.— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) May 26, 2020
I challenge President Trump to address this video NOW!#icantbreathepic.twitter.com/qxqlC5DCy8