Amid a local, state and federal investigation into the death of unarmed and handcuffed Black male George Floyd due to a cop’s knee being pressed into his neck, four officers have been terminated.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo announced the immediate dismissal of the officers after a bystander filmed one of the cops kneeling with his full weight on the neck of Floyd. Despite repeated cries from Floyd saying he could not breathe, the officer refused to remove his knee. Soon thereafter, the video shows Floyd’s body going limp and motionless.
The cop, in fact, never takes his knee off Floyd’s neck until the ambulance arrives, despite repeated screams and protestations from frantic onlookers. The bystanders believe Floyd was killed at the scene by the officer’s knee, but Floyd was officially announced dead at a local hospital.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey backs the decision to get rid of the four cops “100 percent.”
“It is the right decision for our city. It is the right decision for our community. It is the right decision for our Minneapolis Police Department,” Frey said, according to Fox9 Minnesota.
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
This is the right call.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
No word yet if and when the officers will be subjected to criminal prosecution in Floyd’s brutal and violent death. But the cacophony calling for the cops to be charged is deafeaning.
— LAC (@HumanitarianGal) May 26, 2020
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