Minneapolis Mayor: “Why Is The Man Who Killed George Floyd Not In Jail?”
According to NBC News, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey publicly called for “charges to be swiftly filed against the officer who for more than eight minutes pinned George Floyd’s neck under his knee before Floyd died.”
- Two days after the incident which occurred on Monday, Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to file charges against the police officer who pinned Floyd down.
- Four officers who were involved in the incident were fired Tuesday night, and NBC News reported that Floyd’s family is also calling for them to face charges.
“If most people, particularly, people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars,” Frey wrote on Twitter. “George Floyd deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice.”
Frey stated that he is most concerned with the officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, despite cries from Floyd himself that he could not breathe.
"In so many of these harrowing instances in which law enforcement tragically kills a member of our community, we are talking about split second decisions," Frey said. However, the officer who pinned down Floyd for a while, had many seconds. "Every one of which the officer could have turned back, every second of which he could have removed his knee from George Floyd's neck, listened to the community around him clearly saying that he needs to stop."
- Floyd’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said that in all the bystander and surveillance footage he’s reviewed, Floyd never appeared to be posing a threat to police officers, and there were no weapons present at any time during the encounter.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are both independently conducting further investigations into Floyd’s death.