"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."An unarmed
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."
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.