The state of Minnesota has fired four police officers that were responsible for the death of an unarmed black man. George Floyd, 46, lost his life after yet another deja vu incident of white police brutality on a black defenseless man. “I can’t breathe-” moaned Mr Flyod in a video that has gone viral which shows a wh
ite police officer holding him down to the ground by kneeling on his neck as his colleague watched on. While Mr Floyd continued to groan in pain, the police officer and his colleague remained unfazed and would not let him go. The video only shows two officers but reports claim that two other officers where involved in his arrest.
Bystanders that witnessed and felt outraged by the scene pleaded with the police to release the suspect. “How long are you going to keep holding him down?” asked one of the concerned spectators after noticing blood oozing from Mr Flyod’s nose, to which the police officers casually ignored. This went on for a good five minutes or so before Mr Flyod’s body gave in, leaving the officer hunched over a motionless body. He was ferried by an ambulance to a hospital where he lost his life moments after arriving.
According to the Minnesota Police Department, the officers had been responding to a report of counterfeit crime when they approached Mr Flyod’s car. The officers ordered him to get out of the car for arrest. It is at this point that the officers claim Mr Flyod resisted arrest, even though CCTV footage has shown otherwise. “For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee on the kneck o
f a black man. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help! This officer failed in the most basic of human sense,” said an emotionally distraught Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis after firing the officers involved. Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar also publicly showed her dismay of the incident. “Every single person in every single community in this country deserves to feel safe. This tragic loss of life demands action,” she said.
Public protests condemning police brutality ensued in Minneapolis on Tuesday with many participants carrying placards that read “#I can’t breathe.” And the police station that is believed to have been where the fired officers worked was vandalized by protestors.
“Now is not the time to rush to judgement and immediately condemn our police officers,” said a statement by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis in response to the protests. The federation further appealed to the protesters to let the FBI do an investigation into the matter.
People all over the world have been outraged by the incident and are calling for the officers involved to be charged with murder.