Investigations into the death black at the hands of white police officers in the US is continuing.
Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired for their involvement in the death of the black man who was held down with a knee as he protested that he couldn’t breathe, officials said Tuesday.
Mayor Jacob Frey has said the technique used to pin George Floyd’s head to the ground was against department regulations.
After several minutes of pleading with an officer pressing a knee to the back of his neck, the man appeared motionless, his eyes shut, his head against the pavement.
Frey, speaking during a town hall streamed on Facebook, said the officer had no reason to employ the hold on the man’s neck.
Calls for thorough investigations and possibly criminal charges rang out Tuesday and into Wednesday as the country reeled from the death of George Floyd — yet another instance of a deadly encounter between police and an unarmed person of color.
“I would like for those officers to be charged with murder,” his sister Bridgett Floyd said during a Wednesday appearance on the “Today Show.” “Because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.”
Meanwhile, protesters gathered for the second day at the intersection where Floyd was stopped by police on Monday night.
The outrage began bubbling early Tuesday after a video of the fateful encounter was captured by a bystander and shared on social media. The roughly 10-minute clip showed Floyd in visible distress as a white Minneapolis Police Department officer pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck.
“I cannot breathe,” Floyd could be heard repeatedly saying in between making loud rasping sounds. Floyd died later that night.