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Video Of Fatal Arrest Shows Minneapolis Officer Kneeling On George Floyd’s Neck For Several Minutes

(Screenshot of video shared by a bystander)

An FBI investigation is underway and four officers have been fired following a fatal encounter Monday between Minneapolis police and an unarmed 46-year-old black man named George Floyd.

According to Minneapolis police, the encounter between Floyd and officers happened just after 8 p.m. Monday, when police were called to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a man attempting to use forged documents at Cup Foods. WCCO asked a store manager about the police call, but they declined to comment.

Officers found Floyd in a car at the scene. He appeared intoxicated, police say. Officers ordered him to get out of the car.

“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 Floyd to Hennepin Healthcare, where he later died, police say.

Overnight, video of the attempted arrest circulated on social media. Posted by Darnella Frazier on Facebook, the nine-minute video shows a white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck behind a squad car. While lying facedown on the road, Floyd repeatedly groans and says he can’t breathe.

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“He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro,” one bystander tells the white officer and his partner, in the video. “You’re f—ing stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?”

After about five minutes, Floyd stops moving and appears unconscious. People in the gathering crowd plead for the officers to check Floyd’s pulse. The officer on Floyd’s neck does not lift his knee until medical personnel arrive and carry him to an ambulance.

Charles McMillan says he saw it all happen.

“There’s a black man who died and it could have been prevented, because all he had to do was get his feet off his neck,” McMillan said.

Another witness, 9-year-old Judeah Reynolds, spoke to WCCO with her mother present, Diva Reynolds.

“All the adults kept saying, ‘Get off him,'” Judeah Reynolds said.

“They came and woke me up, and the only thing my daughter could tell me is, ‘Mom, they had his knee on his neck and they killed him,'” Diva Reynolds said.

CBS News acquired video of Floyd’s initial arrest, which seems to contradict the claim that he resisted arrested, at least in the early stages of their encounter.

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(credit: Darnella Frazier)

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My view: Disgusting, this video is hard to watch. I can't believe he kept his knee on that guy for so long, he wanted the man dead, the footage clearly shows a murder.

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