“I can’t breathe.”
That was the phrase repeated over and over by George Floyd while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck.
Reminiscent of the 2014 murder of Eric Garner, Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed Black man, was killed in front of bystanders by a white officer restricting his airway.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Tuesday that Chauvin and three other officers, including Tou Thao, have been fired over Floyd’s preventable death Monday.
According to the Daily Mail, Floyd was apprehended outside Cup Foods grocery store on Chicago Avenue South around 8 pm Monday after he allegedly tried to use forged documents at a deli.
Floyd allegedly resisted arrested and was cuffed and pinned down; however, that’s when excessive and illegal force was used to subdue him resulting in his death.
Minneapolis’ mayor Jacob Frey condemned the actions carried out by Chauvin, Thao and the other unnamed officers.
“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence,” said Mayor Frey in a news conference regarding the death.
In an interview streamed live by North News, Mayor Frey echoed the same sentiments. “This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th is vile. It’s traumatic for so many. It serves as a very stark reminder that we still have a long way to go.”
The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating the officers’ actions and according to various reports, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and FBI are also investigating.
WARNING: The graphic video of George Floyd being murdered by Derek Chauvin can be viewed below.