An FBI investigation is underway following the death of George Floyd (46) in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020.
Police were called to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South at around 8pm with a report of someone attempting to use forged documents at a Cup Foods store.
Police officers found George Floyd in a car at the scene. According to them, he seemed intoxicated.
“After he got out, he physically resisted officers,” police spokesman John Elder told reporters early Tuesday. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.”
Footage that was taken by witnesses has emerged on social media.
The video shows a police officer pressing his knee into George’s neck. While lying facedown on the road, George repeatedly groans and calls for his mother. He says he can’t breathe.
“He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro,” one bystander tells the officer and his partner, in the video. “You’re f—ing stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?”
After about five minutes, George stops moving and appears unconscious. Witnesses beg for the officers to check his pulse. The officer who was putting pressure on George’s neck does not lift his knee until medical personnel arrive and carry him to an ambulance.
This is a developing story – join our Facebook group for the latest.