PUBLISHED: 11:21AM ETS 5/25/2020
MINNESOTA — The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) have been called to investigate after a man who died Monday night in south Minneapolis after an encounter with police.
Police described what happened as a medical incident. However, a video posted on social media shows an officer kneeing a man’s neck to the ground for at least seven minutes. Before he goes unconscious, the man, Gerorge Floyd is unarmed and repeatedly tells officers he can not breathe.
Minneapolis, Minnesota Police.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reacted saying “He should not have died. For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th this last night was simply awful.” The mayor added: “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”
According to police, officers responded shortly after 8 p.m. Monday to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South, where a man was reportedly trying to use forged documents at Cup Foods.
At the scene, police found the man, who appeared to be in his 40s and intoxicated, in a blue car. Officers told him to get out. Their body cameras were running.
“After he got out, he physically resisted officers,” police spokesman John Elder told reporters early Tuesday. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.”
An ambulance brought the man to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after, police say.
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