“Please I can’t breathe” yells George Floyd. These are the last words of an African American man who died, handcuffed, as a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with his knee to Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Onsite onlookers were more than distraught as his lifeless body was lifted into an ambulance as he was later taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  The incident took place late on Monday, police confirmed. Floyd is believed to be in his 40s.

Video of the incident shows the police officer pinning down George Floyd, believed to be in his 40s, to the pavement with his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes. Floyd was identified by prominent civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who said he had been retained by the Floyd family.

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The Minneapolis Police murdered this brother. ⁣ ⁣ This man, who, like Eric Garner, yelled out over and over and over again that HE COULD NOT BREATHE, was CLEARLY in distress. ⁣ ⁣ He is in handcuffs. ⁣ On his belly. ⁣ ⁣ That already makes it hard for people to breathe. ⁣ ⁣ Then, for minutes and minutes on end, the officer keeps his KNEE on this man's neck – literally choking the life out of him. ⁣ ⁣ The people BEGGED for them to let up. BEGGED. ⁣ ⁣ Not that it would matter, but this man wasn't wanted for a violent crime.⁣ ⁣ A grocery store thought he was signing a bad check. ⁣ ⁣ Yeah, really. A bad fucking check. ⁣ ⁣ Show me the white man that has ever been confronted and killed over this. ⁣ ⁣ People are hurting. People are out of work. ⁣ ⁣ I am so utterly disgusted and heartbroken that we live in a nation, in a time, where this keeps happening over and over again. ⁣ ⁣ Our team @GrassrootsLaw is going to fight for justice here and we won't let up until we get it. ⁣ ⁣ But here's the truth – JUSTICE would be this man this being alive right now. We are tired. We are angry. They are already LYING and saying they noticed he "went into distress." No, YOU PUT HIM IN DISTRESS and KEPT HIM IN DISTRESS. ⁣ ⁣ And this shit has to end. Call the Mayor, Jacob Frey @ (612) 673-2100 and let him know he needs to speedily fire these officers and call the DA @ 612-348-5550. That's Mike Freeman. Let him know he needs to file charges immediately. Follow @GrassrootsLaw.

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Here’s his exact words from the video:

 “Please, please, I cannot breathe.”

The officer tells Floyd to “relax”.

Floyd responds: “I can’t breathe. Please, the knee in my neck.”

The officer continues to hold down Floyd with his knee for several minutes, with Floyd pleading and asking for water.

“My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe,” Floyd cries out, while moaning and trying to cough.

Floyd eventually appears motionless under the officer’s knee. Those who were watching the incident unfold can be heard begging police to move off Floyd.

“He’s not f****** moving,” an onlooker can be heard saying. “Get off of his f****** neck.”

Minneapolis Mayor Frey called the incident “wrong on every level”.A Facebook post he shared reads, “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

Since the fatal incident, four officers have been terminated. On Tuesday morning, protesters marched 2 miles from the incident location on Chicago Avenue to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building. Floyd’s other half Courteney Ross says,“He stood up for people, he was there for people when they were down, he loved people that were thrown away,” Ross said. 

“We prayed over every meal, we prayed if we were having a hard time, we prayed if we were having a good time.”

“He was the type of guy he was friendly to everybody. He didn’t discriminate, whether you were hispanic, you were black, you were white, he treated everybody with respect and that’s what I love about him,” says Floyd’s manager Jovanni Thunstrom, a local business owner.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has been retained by the Floyd family. Crump joined “TMZ Live” Tuesday to express the shock, outrage and sadness so many are feeling following the incident. Along with representing Floyd’s family, Crump is a lawyer for Ahmaud Arbery’s family and he’s the renowned civil rights attorney who also worked with Trayvon Martin’s in 2012 and countless other unjustified, unsubstantiated killings of Black men.

As of Tuesday evening, protesters have surrounded a Minneapolis Police precinct demanding justice. 

 

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