There has been a growing clash in the US city of Minneapolis between residents and the Police over killing of a 46-year-old African-American restaurant worker by an officer who held him to the ground with a knee on his neck.
Outrage had rapidly increased across the country at George Floyd’s death on Monday, fuelled in part by bystander cellphone video which shows him, handcuffed and in the custody of four white police officers, while one defiantly suffocated him to death.
In Minnesota, demonstrators clashed with police and set a store alight during a second night of protests while Police fired tear gas and formed a human barricade to keep protesters away. A new footage also shows the Police safe-guarding the accused officer’s home.
President Donald Trump in a tweet called Floyd’s death “sad and tragic”, and all four officers have been fired, as prosecutors said they had called in the FBI to help investigate the case, which could involve a federal felony civil rights violation.
“I would like those officers to be charged with murder, because that’s exactly what they did,” Bridgett Floyd, the victim’s sister, said on NBC television.
“They murdered my brother…. They should be in jail for murder.”
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey who reacted to the new appeared sadden during a press briefing where he said he could not understand why the officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck on a Minneapolis street until the Floyd went limp has not been arrested.
Floyd had been detained on a minor charge of allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at a convenience store.
In the video, policemen hold him to the ground while one presses his knee to Floyd’s neck. “Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe…. Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded.
The video of George Floyd’s death has garnered over 13 million videos with reaction from several US Lawmakers and celebrities across the globe.
As a Trauma Surgeon and simply a citizen this is so bloody disturbing.
“I cannot breathe” some of the final words of George Floyd. You can hear his raspy breathing as he takes his final breaths.
— Joseph Sakran (@JosephSakran) May 26, 2020
— LiBan (@Liban4Mayor) May 28, 2020
— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) May 28, 2020
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