FBI has joined in the investigation into the death of a Black man identified as George Lloyd who died on Monday, 25th of May after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck with force to keep him pinned to the ground after being handcuffed.
In the video, George didn’t resist arrest at all, and was said to have performed a fraudulent transaction at a store.
George reached out to tell the police officer he can’t breathe, saying “I can’t breathe,” and then the police officer asked him what he wanted and he repeated “I can’t breathe,” while he was ignored.
Another police officer said “Get up and get in the car,” but how could he, it’s clear that the man can’t get up unless the officer stops pinning him down.
“I can’t,” George told the police officers.
When he was really helpless, George started screaming for his “grandma.”
He was also heard saying: “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts.”
Some people approached the scene and told the officer to get off him, a person pointed out that George’s nose had started to bleed but the officers didn’t listen. The man then stopped moving and appeared to be given up as the ambulance arrived at the scene and placed him on the gurney to take him away to the hospital where he was announced dead.
The video, which was captured by a Facebook user Darnella Frazier, was captioned,
“They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy #POLICEBRUTALITY.”
The Minneapolis police later released a statement which reads;
“Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence. Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance.”
The police continued said no weapons were used during the incident and the officer’s body cameras were worn and activated during the time of the incident.
People and some Black celebrities have reacted to the incident on social media platforms while some people have demanded the prosecution of the white police officer.
The police officers were reported to have been sacked but to some people said it’s not enough.
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