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Tragic video highlights systemic problem: Minneapolis police kill black people 13 times more than white people

Added 05-28-20 12:11:03am EST - “"I can't breathe" were some of the last words that a handcuffed George Floyd said as he was pinned on the ground, while a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck for several minutes on Monday. Floyd, a black man,…” - News.yahoo.com

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“I can’t breathe” were some of the last words that a handcuffed George Floyd said as he was pinned on the ground, while a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck for several minutes on Monday. Floyd, a black man, is now dead. 

Now the four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department involved in the incident have been fired. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced their terminations during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. He did not publicly identify the officers.

Tensions on social media are flaring across the country since video of the incident was published to Facebook early Tuesday morning. Floyd’s distressed calls went ignored by the police.

Three minutes into the video, Floyd’s body becomes motionless as the officer continues to apply his knee on the man’s neck. Paramedics were called, but the officer didn’t stop applying pressure to Floyd’s neck until he was lifted onto a stretcher. Floyd was declared dead at a nearby hospital soon after his arrest.

Police said Tuesday that Floyd died of a “medical incident” after police responded to a report of a forgery in progress on Monday. 

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