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After the video of George Floyd being killed by a police officer who had his knee in Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, cutting off his airways, protests erupted in Minneapolis.
In the video, Floyd continues to tell the officer that he cannot breathe. The crowd watching the incident take place continues to tell the cops Floyd cannot breathe and eventually Floyd stops moving.
All four officers involved have been fired. The Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held a press conference apologizing to the Floyd family and to the black community, saying “being black in America should not be a death sentence.” Adding that Floyd should not have died.
He goes on to say, “When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.” Frey added, “All I keep coming back to is this: this man should not have died.”
The Police Dept. added, “At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident.” What the P.D. did not address is the video.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo also came to the podium and backed up what the Mayor said. He also implied the knee technique was not one sanctioned or taught at the police academy there. The FBI has now joined the investigation.
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No. I won’t call for people in Minneapolis to stop this. This is a natural human response to a man being lynched in broad daylight in the middle of the street as he begged for relief of ANY kind, telling them he couldn’t breathe. I fully understand. I have this same rage in my heart. I think millions of us do. It’s too much. Arresting and even convicting is fine. That needs to happen, but we need this police violence and white supremacist violence to stop. Period. This isn’t what I prefer. I prefer peace. But we won’t be peaceful while you literally have your knee on our neck.
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) May 27, 2020