George Floyd died on Monday after being pinned down by a white officer despite yelling: “I cannot breathe.”‘I can’t breathe,’ another black man brutally killed by US policeA video has surfaced showing brutal treatment of an unarmed black man under the knee of a US police officer before his death.
Floyd’s killing has drawn comparisons to Eric Garner, an unarmed African American who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by New York City police and pleading: “I can’t breathe.”
6 yrs after “I can’t breathe” pleas of Eric Garner, #GeorgeFloyd, another black man, dies after a cruel, inhumane arrest. It seems that US #PoliceBrutality against blacks knows no boundaries. And as always, the response to calls for justice, is employing even more force.
The white Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with his knee in the US state of Minnesota, which led to his death, police have confirmed.
The officers initially found the suspect, aged in his 40s, in a car while responding to a call at 8 pm local time about a forgery in progress.
Meanwhile, protesters took to the streets where Floyd died, with some chanting and carrying banners that read “I can’t breathe.”
Nekima Levy-Armstrong, a prominent local activist, said watching the footage made her “sick to her stomach”.
She told the Star Tribune in Minnesota: “Whatever the man may have done should not have ended in a death sentence.
Police-involved shootings and killings of unarmed black men in the hands of white police officers have led to mass protests across the country in recent years and the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement.