Four Minneapolis police officers were fired after video showed one cop with his knee on the neck of a handcuffed Black man who later died.
George Floyd, who was face down on the ground, repeatedly groaned and complained that he couldn't breathe. His nose was bleeding and his arms were handcuffed behind his back.
"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts... Water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer... I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe."
Eventually, he stopped moving and appeared to fall unconscious.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Tuesday that four officers involved in Floyd's death are now "former employees" of the police force.
Their names were not released, but two of the cops seen in a viral video were identified on social media as officers Derek Chauvin (left) and Tou Thao.
The video, which was recorded on May 25, was uploaded to Facebook by a user named Darnella Frazier. She is heard asking the officer why his knee is on the man's neck when he's not resisting arrest.
"That's bulls—t, Bro," said a male bystander. "You're stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You're being a bum right now."
The FBI and state law enforcement authorities announced on Tuesday they have launched an investigation into Floyd's death.
Floyd’s death has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, the New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by a police officer.
The cop was fired from the NYPD in 2019.