Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

UPDATE: Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday.

The firings come a day after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the terminations on Twitter, and said the firings were the “right call.” Monday’s death of George Floyd was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities.

It drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The FBI and Minnesota agents are investigating the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody after video from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck.

The video that was shared online shows the man pleading that he couldn’t breathe.

Police spokesman John Elder says officers were called to investigate a report of a forgery at a business about 8 p.m. Monday.

Elder says the man “physically resisted” arrest. He died at a hospital.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says the department has policies about “placing someone under control” and they will look at that as part of an internal investigation.

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