Two Minneapolis police officers are on paid leave after a video shows one of the cops pinning a Black man on the ground with a knee on his neck. The man, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he could not breathe. He later died.
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.
The man was identified as George Floyd. 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.
"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."
A police statement said the cops responded to a call about a "forgery in progress." They found the man sitting in a blue car and he "appeared to be under the influence," according to the report obtained by Yahoo News.
"After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance."