Original Story USA Today May 26 2020
MINNEAPOLIS – A black man has died in Minneapolis police custody after video shared online from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Tuesday that the four responding officers involved in the incident have been fired and identified the victim as George Floyd.
Frey announced the dismissals on Twitter, saying “This is the right call.”
Floyd’s death Monday night after a struggle with officers is under investigation by the FBI and state agents. The incident drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life saying he couldn’t breathe.
Prior to the firings, Frey apologized Tuesday to the black community in a post on his Facebook page.
“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense,” Frey posted.