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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

"I cannot breathe! I cannot breathe!" the man yells as bystanders gathered. "Don't kill me!" The Minneapolis Police Department announced early Tuesday that the unnamed man, who is believed to be in his 40s, later died of a "medical incident" after police responded to a report of a forgery in progress on Monday. Now, the FBI and state authorities are investigating his death as advocates and city officials call for a quick response.



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"Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress," a Minneapolis police spokesman said in a news briefing early Tuesday. "Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later."

Darnella Frazier was on her way to see friends when she saw the incident unfolding outside of a Cup Foods grocery store on the south side of Minneapolis. She quickly began recording the encounter in a 10-minute video later shared to Facebook. "When I walked up, he was already on the ground," Frazier said in a Facebook video. "The cops, they was pinning him down by his neck and he was crying. They wasn't trying to take him serious."

As more people gathered around the encounter outside the grocery store, the man pleaded that his whole body was in pain. Frazier recalled that the man's face was being pressed so hard against the ground that his nose was bleeding.

Witnesses begged the white officer to take his knee off the man's neck.

"You're going to just sit there with your knee on his neck?" one bystander said on the video.

Minutes later, the man appeared to be motionless on the ground, his eyes closed and head laying against the road.

"Bro, he's not even f------ moving!" one bystander pleaded to police. "Get off of his neck!"

Another asked, "Did you kill him?"

Later, the unconscious man was loaded onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. "The police killed him, bro, right in front of everybody," Frazier said on Facebook. "He was crying, telling them like, I can't breathe,' and everything. They killed this man."

An unarmed forgery suspect has to lose his life without anything approaching due process? What police culture would even give remote deference to this officer's obvious and senseless overuse of deadly force - even continuing on for reportedly 3 minutes while other officers stood by without taking any concern about the suspect's fleeting life despite his own desperate pleadings?

Judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one. Some black lives are worthless to authority figures as this episode denotes. There is no humanity in treating suspects inhumanely - snuffing their very lives out through the use of excessive and deadly force.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-26 07:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Cop needs a good snuffing hisself. What kind of person can do that to another human being over a non violent crime? I get more and more angry every time another one of these things happen.

Cops suck. I'm more afraid of them than the criminals. I doubt I'm alone in that, And I'm white and over 55. Theres no damn excuse for that kind of behavior.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-05-26 01:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I guess black folks can't even commit white-collar crime without the cops executing them.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-26 01:36 PM | Reply

This sort of ---- happens throughout the country in random locations at random times. It obviously is completely unacceptable. I am not sure why it happens. I do not believe the cops involved are intending on killing the suspect. Adrenaline? Over-aggressiveness? Exhaustion? Just poor training? No reason for this to happen. It is good the FBI investigates. If racism is a factor, then those cops need to be prosecuted.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-26 01:45 PM | Reply

Police brutality sucks. If you disrespect the authoritah of the wrong cop, you're putting your life at risk, no matter who you are.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-05-26 03:03 PM | Reply

I love it how cops will intentionally use force/pain for compliance while telling somebody to "relax" and use their lack of compliance as reason to escalate further.

They either don't know how reflexes work (doubtful) or it's intentional (likely).

The widespread use of such tactics leaves me little choice but to have zero sympathy for cops when they get hurt. People are afraid of you and react accordingly. Sorry, but that's reality and they built it.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-26 03:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Once handcuffed what did they expect?

The HULK??!!

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-05-26 03:31 PM | Reply

I am not sure why it happens. I do not believe the cops involved are intending on killing the suspect.


It's training.

The tactic of using force and pain to gain compliance is everywhere, as is the reaction of escalation when a person (surprise surprise) doesn't obey the command to "relax" or "stop resisting".

Guess what? People aren't "resisting" by being tense when 200 lbs of weight are placed on their neck via an officer's knee. They're reflexively tense because pain and pressure at the base of the skull isn't an evolutionarily selected for positive stimulus.

The only justifiable conclusion is that it's intentional.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-26 03:39 PM | Reply

Four officers on the scene have been terminated but that doesn't begin to explain the horror of this man's murder. The man was held under the cop's knee for 7 minutes. What in God's name did the officer think would happen after holding his body weight on another human's neck for that long?

The four who were fired are only representative of the disease rooting through the entire culture of the police force. If we had a DOJ that was actually interested in promoting actual justice before the law, this force seems to be an overripe subject for extensive oversight and monitoring. But with Barr at its head, I won't hold my breath that any meaningful DOJ action will be forthcoming but for criminal prosecution of those directly involved.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-26 03:48 PM | Reply

If racism is a factor, then those cops need to be prosecuted.

From the look of the video they should be prosecuted regardless of racism. Many minutes go by with the victim cuffed and not moving in which the cop's knee should have been removed from the victim's neck.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-26 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

MPD Chief Arradondo: 4 Police Officers Fired Following Death Of George Floyd

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-26 04:12 PM | Reply

Kneeling on someone's neck for six minutes as they say they can't breathe and are in pain is not acceptable.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-26 04:17 PM | Reply

This is a common issue in Minneapolis unfortunately. It's not as bad in the rest of the state.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-26 04:17 PM | Reply

#3, completely agreed.

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-05-26 04:19 PM | Reply

The video recorded in Minneapolis shows that, after a few minutes, the man, lying face down in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back, becomes silent and motionless; the officer continues to pin the man to the pavement with his knee.

Bystanders plead and curse, begging the officer to stop and telling him the man's nose is bleeding. Another officer faces the people gathered on the sidewalk. An ambulance medic arrives and, reaching under the officer's knee, feels for a pulse on the man's neck.


#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-26 04:21 PM | Reply

Thanks Sentinel.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-26 04:21 PM | Reply

This is the natural result of an Us vs Them mentality.

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-26 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

that is ------- murder and the cop needs to go to jail.

#18 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-26 04:25 PM | Reply

I saw the video...extremely rough to watch. The cop need charges filed against him. Absolutely no excuse for what he did.

#19 | Posted by Pirate at 2020-05-26 05:22 PM | Reply

The sad part is that no one felt empowered to save this man's life. They stood around and watched a cold-blooded murder take place and felt completely helpless to stop it. The New Police State is more than complete.

#20 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-26 05:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The sad part is that no one felt empowered to save this man's life. They stood around and watched a cold-blooded murder take place and felt completely helpless to stop it.

Bystanders tried to plead with the cop to release his knee-choke of the victim, but the other cop facing the bystanders stood there menacing them with his hand on his mace canister should anyone physically try and intervene.

By the sound of the voices I heard, they appear to also be blacks. Trying to physically intervene likely would have led to their own arrests and potential deaths just like the victims. I fully understand why they tried to use their voices to protest instead of their bodies.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-26 05:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just outrageous. The bystanders are begging for the cop to get off the dude's neck, one of them saying something like, "You just gonna watch him die?"

And the guy stops moving.

Makes me physically ill.

#22 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-26 06:21 PM | Reply

I hope that ---- goes to prison in population with others who know who he is and what he did. I doubt he would stand very tall inside. People like that are usually ------------ when their powers are stripped away.

#23 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-05-26 11:59 PM | Reply

W. Kamau Bell

Always remember that police bought Dylann Roof some Burger King after he had murdered 9 Black people.

George Floyd was accused of forgery.

#24 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-05-27 05:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The sad part is that no one felt empowered to save this man's life.

There were 3 other cops there, and the one standing guard had his hand on his weapon most of the time. The primary offender threatened the bystanders with mace.

The murderer needs to go to prison for murder, and the other 3 as accomplices.

#25 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-27 07:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The murderer needs to go to prison for murder, and the other 3 as accomplices.

#25 | Posted by JOE

Slam dunk. In light of the video and witnesses, there can be no doubt it was murder. The victim told the cops numerous times that he couldn't breathe over a 7 minute period.

With four cops there, why the f didn't they just put him in a car? What they did was purposeful.

#26 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-27 07:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good. The lot of them should be in jail. The one, for life.

#27 | Posted by ABH at 2020-05-27 12:38 PM | Reply

#24. That thought process it's flawed. They brought him food, but because he was white and they just love them some murderin White kids. They did it to make him more comfortable and induce a confession.

#28 | Posted by ABH at 2020-05-27 12:41 PM | Reply

Did you see the other video of the guy getting out of his car, handcuffed, and sat on the ground as directed.

Very clear no resistance in getting out of the car.

The officer helps him up...remember, he's already handcuffed.

With the officer, he is walked across the street to the police car where the knee-event occurred.

How the hell did he land on the ground with a knee to his neck?

No resistance. Already handcuffed. The knee to neck wasnt to cuff him.

Glad the mayor is calling for arrest and charges!

#29 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-05-27 06:53 PM | Reply

There are riots in MN tonight due to this.

#30 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-28 12:53 AM | Reply

Apparently mr Floyd paid with a counterfeit $20 bill
He probably didn't even know it

#31 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-28 06:24 AM | Reply

If I was given a bad $20 bill, I likely would have passed it along. I simply dont inspect bills to see if they are legit.

White privilege would have assured that I wasnt killed on the street for my oversight.

#32 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-05-28 09:36 AM | Reply

Every time I watch the video I find myself asking one simple question:

What was the police officer waiting for with his knee on Floyd's neck?

He wasn't struggling, he verbally assented to get in the police vehicle and pleaded with the officer to remove his knee from his neck because he couldn't breathe. The officer maintained the same position for a reported 7-9 minutes.

What was the officer waiting for to remove his knee? Based on what happened the only answer I can possibly conceive of is that the officer was waiting for the man to die.

The officer must be charged with murder.

#33 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-28 12:12 PM | Reply

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