Four Minneapolis policemen have been fired for their involvement in the death of a black man who was held down with a knee as he objected that he couldn’t breathe.
The FBI is investigating the incident, which brought the general conviction of the officers after a video showing part of the confrontation broadcasted on social media.
Officers responding to alleged fraud in progress Monday evening were originally told that a person later described as the suspect was sitting on a car and appeared to be under the influence of the narcotics.
Police Located The Suspect
A pair of officers located the man, who was at that point inside the car and who police said physically resisted the officers when ordered to get out. Officers handcuffed the man, who appeared to be suffering from medical trouble. He died at a hospital a short time later, police confirmed.
The four officers were dismissed from employment, Officer Garrett Parten, a police spokesman, said Tuesday.
The video shows two officers by the man on the ground, one of them with his knee over the back of the man’s neck. The video did not capture what pointed up to the arrest or what police reported as the man resisting arrest.
“Please, I can’t breathe,” the man said, squealing for several minutes before he became silent. Witnesses urged the officer to release the man from his hold.
The Police Officers Organization of Minneapolis said in a press release states the officers were cooperating in the investigation.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Arrest was investigating, along with the FBI. There was no quick response from the FBI.
The county medical examiner will identify the victim once a preceding autopsy has been done.
Body-worn cameras were activated during the incident, police confirmed.