A black man in his forties died Monday in Minneapolis after a police officer suffocated him. The victim was unarmed, handcuffed and lying on his stomach on the ground, and the officer pressed his knee against his neck for about seven minutes. The police action was recorded on a video that a witness recorded and shared on Facebook. The document has provoked a torrent of criticism around police abuse of the black minority, one of the scourges suffered by the US. “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe”, the victim is heard pleading, while passers-by protest and demand the officer stops.

Floyd’s family will be represented by David Crump, a civil rights attorney who has worked on similar cases, including the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. Crump called the police action “abusive, excessive and inhumane” and said he will demand answers from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Shortly thereafter it became known that the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired from the force. “It’s the right decision,” Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis mayor, said.


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