A video went viral on social media with a black man dying while a Minneapolis officer in America knelt on his neck for more than five minutes up to death.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey sacked four police officers following the death of the black American suspect George Floyd on Monday. The suspect was pressed shirtless onto a Minneapolis street, one officer’s knee on his neck as Floyd pleaded for breath.
“Your knee is on my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama… Mama” pleaded Floyd. Bystanders filmed the scene as the victim grew motionless and silent unable to move as the officer commanded him to get up and get in their car.
He was taken to hospital but unfortunately, he succumbed to the harassment injuries. Calls rose for the officers to be arrested and charged with murder. “What I saw was wrong at every level,” Frey said of the footage.
“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man,” the Mayor expressed adding that being black in America should not be a death sentence.
According to Trump in a statement, Floyd had been stopped by police over forgery accusation, a charge often used for writing bad checks or using fake banknotes for purchases.
“This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning on a non-violent charge,” he noted.