Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis late on Monday (May 25) following an altercation with cops. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the bottom throughout an arrest.
Officers reportedly responded to a name from a grocery retailer who claimed Floyd had used a cast examine. The police later alleged Floyd “physically resisted officers” whereas he “appeared to be under the influence”.
However, footage of the incident confirmed Floyd on the ground shouting “I cannot breathe” and “don’t kill me” to an officer who was kneeling on his neck. Witnesses within the background might be heard shouting “Bro, he’s not even fucking moving” whereas one other requested the officer in query: “You’re going to just sit there with your knee on his neck?”
Since the incident, the 4 officers concerned have misplaced their jobs however, at current, none are going through felony costs. Now, musicians throughout the US together with Monáe, Ice Cube and Sia are becoming a member of calls for the cops to face felony costs.
In a tweet, Monáe wrote: “I’m tired of talking. We need action NOW. Fucking furious #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”
You can see her tweet and these from different artists calling for justice beneath:
I’m drained of speaking . We need motion NOW . Fucking livid . #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) May 27, 2020
— sia (@Sia) May 27, 2020
How lengthy will we go for Blue on Black Crime earlier than we strike again??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 26, 2020
This. Is. DISGUSTING.
This cop is clearly being brutal to an unarmed man who cannot breath & is unresponsive.
— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 26, 2020
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) May 26, 2020
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 26, 2020
— COMMON (@frequent) May 26, 2020
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) May 27, 2020
In a press convention held yesterday (May 26), the Minneapolis police division stated Floyd later “died a short time” after a “medical incident.” They added: “[The officers] were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and realised that the suspect was suffering a medical distress [before] calling an ambulance.”
The mayor of Minnesota apologised to Floyd’s household yesterday morning, saying “[Floyd] should not have died” and that the incident was “wrong on every level.” He continued: “For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man,” Frey stated. “For five minutes. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”
Benjamin Crump, the legal professional talking on behalf of Floyd’s household, launched a press release saying that they’re searching for justice and need solutions following the incident. “This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge,” Crump stated.
He continued: “How many ‘white black’ deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally ends?”
The F.B.I at the moment are investigating the incident.
Last night time, protesters clashed with police in Minneapolis as tons of took to the streets following information of Floyd’s death.