George Floyd, an African American man, had his life taken at the hands of Minneapolis police officers Monday evening. A viral video of the incident has been shared all across social media, sparking immediate anger and frustration.
As of now, 4 Minneapolis police officers have been fired over their involvement in the death of George Floyd. Floyd was handcuffed and held down on his stomach by 3 of the officers, with one relentlessly pressing down on his neck with his knee until his body was lifeless. Even after the victim passed, the officer never removed his knee from his neck until medics finally arrived on scene.
Floyd made it well known he could not breath, as well as, the witnesses on scene, who also begged for mercy for the victim.
Prior to officers savagely apprehending George Floyd, they were responding to an alleged forgery in progress. Once the victim was located, officers claim he “physically resisted” after being asked to get out of the car he was found in. The video does not capture what led up to the arrest or what police described as the man resisting arrest.
The video evidence is hard to watch. And it may not detail the entire event, however it is clear the officers used brute force and killed this man in broad daylight, right in front of witnesses and onlookers.
In response to the widespread condemnation of the officers behavior, they have been “separated from employment,” thanks to orders from Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.
The murder of George Floyd has gotten nationwide attention and the Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, says he is completely behind Arradondo’s decision to fire the officers.