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'Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction': How police originally described George Floyd's death

Added 04-21-21 01:11:02am EST - “Before video footage of George Floyd's death began circulating on the internet last May, an original statement by the Minneapolis Police Police painted a very different picture of the fatal incident.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “'Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction': How police originally described George Floyd's death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On the morning of May 26, 2020, Minnesota police spokesman John Elder sent a brief press release regarding a death that had occurred the prior evening.

Under the heading “Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction,” the statement — which has since been deleted from the department’s website — said that “on Monday evening, shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers from the Minneapolis Police Department responded to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a forgery in progress. Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence.

“Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car,” it continued. “He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”

Hours after that initial statement was released, bystander videos (including from then-17-year-old Darnella Frazier) and security footage from the scene of the incident began to circulate online, revealing crucial details omitted by the police department’s original version of events. 

In particular, the video footage seemed to clearly show that the “medical distress” the deceased man — later identified as George Floyd — appeared to be suffering from what had been caused by Officer Derek Chauvin, who could be seen pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said, “Please, I can’t breathe.” Video footage also showed two other officers holding Floyd by his legs while a fourth stood by. Bystanders could be heard pleading with officers to release Floyd, who remained pinned under Chauvin’s knee even after he appeared to lose consciousness.

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