Four Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Following Death Of Black Man

Four Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Following Death Of Black Man
Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd

The Minneapolis Police Department has fired four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being arrested on Monday. He was reportedly being detained as a possible suspect in a bad check-writing case.

The incident, showing one officer kneeling on the neck of handcuffed Gregory Floyd as he lay face down on the ground, was recorded and shared across social media on Monday night.

In the video, Floyd can be heard saying he could not breathe many times. As the video continues, he seems to lose consciousness.

Floyd was later pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

You can see portions of the video footage below. Warning: extremely disturbing.

“The man looked already dead before the ambulance even got there. He was clearly trying to tell them he couldn’t breathe and they ignored him,” Darnella Frazier, one of the people who filmed the incident, told NBC News.

The police department has told reporters that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been contacted to independently investigate. Additionally, the department announced the FBI would also be investigating.

The names of the four officers have not been released by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The news of the firing of the officers was shared by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Twitter where he called the decision “the right call.”

“Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Frey wrote. “This is the right call.”