*Warning: The video below may put you under some distress.
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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.
There’s a new viral video making its rounds on social media as of Tuesday, and it’s absolutely horrifying.
The heartbreaking video shows a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man for more than 5 minutes, ignoring not just the pleas from members of the public, but from the man himself, who repeatedly begged for the cop to stop, saying that he can’t breath.
The 10 minute long video, which already has more than 10 million views on Instagram, has sparked fresh furor in the US over police treatment of African Americans. The victim, 46 year old George Floyd was unarmed and was stopped on a report of a forgery.
While the Minneapolis Police Department originally said that he “physically resisted officers.”, additional footage later obtained from a restaurant security cam that shows what appeared to be the start of the confrontation between Floyd and the police officers paints a clearer picture: He wasn’t resisting arrest.
You often hear of police brutality and racism in America, but to see someone get physically assaulted in the manner that Floyd was and to watch him die right before your eyes, in spite of all the cries for help will break your heart.
The man was not resisting arrest, handcuffed and pinned to the ground with a knee to his neck. You’ll find yourself asking how on earth could someone who obviously posed no threat be treated in such a vile manner, but you might find the answer even more heartbreaking.
In early May, a man of African-American descent was shot and killed by two white men for the mere act of going jogging. The rationale behind their decision was that they believed he was involved in local burglaries. Just recently, a white woman, called 911 on a black birdwatcher who told her to leash her dog in New York’s Central Park. And these are just two incidences out of the thousands that occur all across the US.
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey has since condemned the actions of the two officers.
“When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.
I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level.
This man should not have died. He matters.”
George Floyd’s murder sparked some unrest in Minneapolis, with people taking to the streets in protest of his mistreatment by police officers. Needless to say, the four police officers involved in the incident have been terminated, with the matter now under investigation by the FBI.