WATCH: Black Man Pleads For His Life As White Officer Kneels On His Neck
Video of a Minneapolis policeman driving his knee into a black man’s neck to pin him down during an arrest is making its rounds on social media.
- In the video, the man begs for his life, saying, “I cannot breathe...They’ll kill me!” Bystanders gathered around and filmed the video, shouting at the police, “He’s not even resisting arrest right now...Get off of his neck!”
- After several minutes of struggling to breathe, the man fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital, where he died shortly after.
- According to The Washington Post, the incident began when two officers responded to a report of forgery and “arrived at the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South around 8 p.m.” on May 25th. The Post reported that “officers located the man, whom they believed to be under the influence, inside his car. After he got out, police said the man ‘physically resisted officers.’”
- Police later reported that no weapons were used by the man or the officers during the encounter.
- The police officers are on administrative leave, and FBI and state authorities are investigating the man’s death.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said during a news conference Tuesday. “For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”