Story via Kelly Weill, The Daily Beast
The Minneapolis Police Department has fired four officers after footage emerged appearing to show one of them killing an unarmed black man on Monday.
The gruesome video, filmed in Minneapolis, shows a white officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for at least seven minutes. Floyd, 40, tells the officer, identified by the
Minneapolis Star Tribune as Derek Chauvin, that he can’t breathe and that he is about to die. The officer remains on Floyd’s neck even as bystanders shout that Floyd appears to have gone unconscious. Floyd died in a nearby hospital shortly after the incident, police said in a Tuesday morning statement. Minneapolis police characterized Floyd’s death as a “medical incident,” but the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the officer for possible civil-rights violations.
Chauvin and three other officers associated with the incident were fired Tuesday afternoon. “Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted. “This is the right call.”Trahren Crews, a St. Paul man who organizes with Black Lives Matter Minnesota said the firings were a good first start, but that activists needed to continue to push for accountability. “Chief Arradondo just fired the four officers. That’s what community pressure does. And having video," he told The Daily Beast. “It’s great, hats off to the chief, hats off to the mayor." But because of a county attorney, whom local activists have described as a recurring opponent in the police accountability movement, "we know we need to keep the pressure up. We know the [Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis] is going to step in and try to get this guy’s job back. It’s not good enough to fire people.
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