- Protests in Minneapolis escalate after George Floyd’s death
- Floyd died on May 26 while being arrested
- A white police officer held him down, kneeling on his neck. In a video captured by a passerby, Floyd could be heard gasping and saying “I can’t breathe” to the officer, who did not relinquish his stance.
(CNB News) – Large protests have swelled in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a black man suspected of being involved in a forgery case who died at the hands of four police officers.
Floyd died on May 26 while being arrested. A white police officer held him down, kneeling on his neck. In a video captured by a passerby, Floyd could be heard gasping and saying “I can’t breathe” to the officer, who did not relinquish his stance.
Floyd died several hours later.
The four officers were fired Tuesday. Many questioned the use of force and drew stark parallels to the 2014 death of Eric Garner.
Reports that protestors organized at the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, the site where Floyd was detained and fatally choked. Civil rights advocates have taken to social media to document last night’s events.
Hundreds gathered to demonstrate, with officers standing by. Eventually, the protests grew more restless; NBC reports that while some demonstrated peacefully, other protestors threw rocks and objects at police cars. CBS Minnesota reports that one officer was injured.
Police officers clothed in riot gear began responding to the protests with tear gas and flash bangs, as well as rubber bullets, despite the crowds seemingly remaining nonviolent.
In response to the incident, Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her support to protestors, writing, “Shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at unarmed protesters when there are children present should never be tolerated. Ever.”
National attention to Floyd’s death has spurred parties into action. The FBI announced that it will investigate the death.
The FBI has stepped in to investigate similar cases in recent weeks, namely in the separate cases of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Both victims were black; two white men killed Arbery while he was jogging in Georgia, and Taylor was killed by police in her home while officers were reportedly executing a search warrant.