It was the headline, the death of George Floyd, a black American in the state of Minnesota, and it has now caused great tension across the state.
A crowd was seen on the streets demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black American. They urged the persecutors to indict the four Minneapolis officials captured in the footage.
It started on Tuesday when hundreds of demonstrators filled the street when Floyd was pinned down and sang no justice, no peace, and “I can’t breathe”.
On the same day, riot police were seen teargassing the protesters. Similar demos were also seen on Wednesday, with hundreds marching on the streets of Los Angeles and California still demanding the same. Looting and vandalism were reported to have occurred during the demos.
The 46-year-old died in the hospital on Monday, shortly after a police officer knelt on his neck for about ten minutes.
Video footage shows Floyd pleading with the police while he’s pinned down. You can hear him begging that he cannot breathe.
The footage also shows onlooker and bystanders asking the police to leave Floyd. One person makes an attempt to go and check the pulse but was blocked by the standing policeman.
On Tuesday, the Minneapolis police department claimed that Floyd opposed the arrest of the police, which is contrary to the footage later released.
It shows Floyd sitting on the floor with his hands behind his back and then taken by the police.
Benjamin Crum, a well-known civil rights lawyer who represents the Floyd family, tweeted that the surveillance cameras took a moment before Floyd’s murder clearly showed that he was not opposed to the arrest.
The lawyer questioned police officers who used excessive force that ultimately resulted in death.
The Minneapolis Police Department issued a statement stating that its officers are working with investigators, urging that it is not the time to rush a judgment.
Jacob Frey, Minneapolis mayor, also has questioned why the official who killed Floyd is not yet in prison during Wednesday’s press conference.
The mayor added that if anyone had done it, he would have been behind bars now.
It was reported that the four police officers have been fired by the Medaria Arrandondo, the city’s first black police chief.
The move has been acknowledged by the community leaders who have labeled it as a win but of the first step in exercising justice to Floyd’s death.
Also, it has been reported that the case is being investigated by both the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of criminal Apprehensive (BCA).
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, who will handle the case, said in a statement that she was “shocked and saddened by what recently appeared in a video.”
It added that the BCA and FBI, after presenting their results, will decide on law enforcement.
Floyd’s death was compared to that of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 after being strangled by the New York police and who also pleaded, the same I cannot breathe.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.