WATCH: Cop Forces Knee into Man's Neck as he Dies Pleading, "I Cannot Breathe"

Carlos Miller

Minneapolis police said the FBI and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be investigating its officer.

The Minneapolis cop had his knee and full body weight on the man's neck as the unarmed man pleaded for his life.

“I cannot breathe! I cannot breathe!” the man cries as witnesses gather, including one who is recording. “Don’t kill me!”

The cop who has been identified as Derek Chauvin did not let up, even as witnesses begged him to take his knee off the man's neck. Another cop stood in front of the witnesses to keep them at bay, neither cop showing an trace of concern for the man on the ground.

“You’re going to just sit there with your knee on his neck?” a witness asks.

Almost a minute into the video, it appears he is dead. A man whose only crime was resisting arrest. He has been identified as George Floyd and was in his 40s, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"He's not fucking moving!" a man exclaims. "Did they fucking kill him, bro?" a woman asks.

But the cop kept his knee on the man's neck, even after another cop came and checked his pulse, not indicating whether he was dead or alive, not seeming to care one way or the other.

The incident took place Monday after police responded to a call of a forgery in progress. They were told the man was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence, according to a press release from the Minneapolis Police Department which also stated the following:

Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.

The video began going viral Monday night and by Tuesday morning, police announced they have asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate. A few hours later, they announced the FBI will be investigating as well.

According to the Washington Post:

“When I walked up, he was already on the ground,” (Daniella) Frazier said in a Facebook video. “The cops, they was pinning him down by his neck and he was crying. They wasn’t trying to take him serious.”

As more people gathered around the encounter outside the grocery store, the man pleaded that his whole body was in pain. Frazier recalled that the man’s face was being pressed so hard against the ground that his nose was bleeding.

Witnesses begged the white officer to take his knee off the man’s neck.

“You’re going to just sit there with your knee on his neck?” one bystander said on the video.

Minutes later, the man appeared to be motionless on the ground, his eyes closed and head laying against the road.

“Bro, he’s not even f------ moving!” one bystander pleaded to police. “Get off of his neck!”

Officer Chauvin has been involved in at least three shootings throughout his career at the Minneapolis Police Department, according to the Star-Tribune.

The man got out of the car on his own, but then "physically resisted" officers, Elder said. After they handcuffed him, officers noticed that the man was in "medical distress," Elder said, and an ambulance was called to the scene.

He later walked back some of those statements, saying they were based on preliminary information.

"We try to put out information as quickly as possibly, information that we wholly believe to be honest and true." he said. "And as we're looking a little further we're realizing there's more to this."

All body camera footage has been turned over to the BCA, which investigates most police shootings and in-custody deaths, and the officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave.

In the meantime, the department will also likely undertake its own internal investigation into whether they violated department policies on use of force and the obligation to intervene if they see another officer engaged in misconduct.

So far, little is known about Chauvin's time with the department. But department records and news accounts show that he has been involved in at least three police-involved shootings over his career with the MPD: Wayne Reyes in 2006, and Leroy Martinez and Ira Latrell Toles, both in 2011.

Watch the video below or above. We will be updating this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Four cops involved in the incident have been fired.

UPDATE II: A second video has surfaced showing the four cops involved in the incident.

Comments (4)
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OntoPurpose
OntoPurpose

Yet another video has surfaced, showing that he did NOT resist arrest and that in fact he was handcuffed the minute he stepped out of his car‼️

jimGray
jimGray

Sir Robert Peel 's Principles of Law Enforcement 1829

  1. The basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to the repression of crime and disorder by military force and severity of legal punishment.
    1. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police existence, actions, behavior and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public respect.
  2. The police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain public respect.
  3. The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes, proportionately, to the necessity for the use of physical force and compulsion in achieving police objectives.
  4. The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws; by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of society without regard to their race or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
  5. The police should use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
  6. The police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the intent of the community welfare.
  7. The police should always direct their actions toward their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary by avenging individuals or the state, or authoritatively judging guilt or punishing the guilty.
  8. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

Is a lack of respect for a badge justification for the type of behavior we are seeing all too often from our LEOs?.
I'd rather deal with a mugger than a cop. If I fight back against a mugger I might win. If I fight back against an abusive cop I lose even if I win the fight
The present situation SUX. I don't want to see all of us armed but I don't want to be a victim of our LEOs. Maybe the NRA gunnutz are right and we should all go armed so we all have an even chance. I don't really believe that but it's a possible solution.

jim

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

UPDATE: Four cops involved in the incident have been fired.

we need a new UPDATE, CHARGED for murder!

Tayna
Tayna

Those cops HAVE to be held accountable for that man's death, they killed him... they should be getting the maximum penalty, I do believe that cop with his knee on the man's neck meant to kill him 😡😡😡😡


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