A Facebook video uploaded Tuesday shows a Minneapolis police officer placing his knee onto the neck of a man, the man later died.
The video shows the officer putting his knee into the neck of the man, pinning him down to the street. The man, now identified as George Floyd, moans several times and repeatedly says “I can’t breath” before going completely still. A female onlooker in the video pointed out that the man had blood coming out of his nose. (RELATED: REPORT: Louisville Police To Change Policy After Woman Was Shot By Police In Her Home, FBI Will Investigate)
According to CBS News, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo stated in a press conference that the FBI will be investigating the incident due to a possible civil rights violation.
A male onlooker in the video said “That’s bulls—t, Bro. You’re stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You’re being a bum right now.” He continued to say that the officer was “enjoying it.”
We have been informed that the man killed by Minneapolis police was named George Floyd. #JusticeForFloyd #icantbreathe pic.twitter.com/76e3UA9JAK
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 26, 2020
A statement by the Minneapolis Police Department said that police were called on Monday evening to respond to a “forgery in progress.”
Two officers identified the man as a black male in his 40s who was sitting in his car. When the man was ordered out of his car he physically resisted officers. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,” the statement read, “Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”
The statement included that weapons were not used during the incident and that both police officers were wearing body cameras. The male bystander in the video said “You just really killed that man, bro” to the officer that had his knee on his neck.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, according to CBS News, said in a press conference that Flyod’s death was “simply awful,” and “wrong at every level.”
The Daily Caller reached out for comment to the Minneapolis Police Department and has not yet received a response.