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  • Four Minneapolis officers involved in arrest of black man who died in police custody fired
  • “Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Frey tweeted, adding “This is the right call.
  • The case is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and the FBI is conducting a separate federal civil rights investigation at the request of the Minneapolis police

(CNB News) – Four Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody Monday were fired Tuesday, after video showing one officer with his knee on the man’s neck as he cried out that he could not breathe sparked widespread outrage.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the four officers had been terminated.

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

The incident Monday was captured on video by a bystander, and shows a white officer pressing Floyd’s face and neck onto the pavement near a police car. Floyd can be heard groaning and saying “I can’t breathe.”

Several witnesses gathered nearby, with some pleading with police to let the man breathe, and others yelling at them to check his pulse. The man then goes silent, and the officer remains on his neck even as he was apparently unresponsive.

The video does not show exactly what led up to the incident, but authorities said the man matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and resisted arrest, according to Associated Press (AP).

“Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,” a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department released Tuesday said. “Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”

The case is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and the FBI is conducting a separate federal civil rights investigation at the request of the Minneapolis police.

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey said of the video during a news conference. “When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help, and this officer failed in the most basic human sense.”

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