A black man died shortly after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as he pleaded that he could not breathe. The deceased identified as George Floyd.
According to reports, George died on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a hospital following the struggle with the officers. Police were initially called to investigate a report of a forgery at a business and found the man matching the suspect’s description in his car, police spokesman John Elder said. ‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,’ Elder said.
The video of the incident went viral on social media showing how the white policeman kneeling on the man’s neck as he is heard crying out in pain and gasping for breath. ‘I can’t breathe. Please, I need my neck, I can’t breathe, shit,’ the man can be heard saying after an officer asks him what he wants.
‘Get up and get in the car,’ one of the officers says as the man cries out.‘I can’t…my neck, I’m through,’ he responds as his face is pressed against the pavement. My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,’ he continued as bystanders tell officers to let him up. ‘This is why you don’t do drugs kids,’ an officer can be heard saying.
At the video’s four-minute mark, the man goes limp with the officer’s knee still on his neck. The man was eventually taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
It should be noted that Floyd’s death comes on the heels of two other deaths of African-Americans that involved police wrongdoing. His death sparked the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.