The Mayor of Minneapolis has spoken out and called for the arrest of the police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd.
His comments have really taken the community by storm. Keep scrolling to check out what he said...
The tragic death of George Floyd earlier this week has sparked global outrage.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/co6ijY9anI— DAYDREAM❗❗⛓️☠️ 🖤 (@DAYDREAM❗❗⛓️☠️ 🖤)1590642782.0
Police brutality is an ongoing issue.
via: Getty ImagesAbout 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers.
This is not okay...
via: Getty ImagesYet nothing seems to be getting done about this imminent problem in our country.
The tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery made headlines in the last few weeks.Arbery was shot dead by police in Brunswick back in February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online...The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.
After the video circulated on social media...
This man was hunted down like an animal and his life was thrown away like he was worthless this could have been me… https://t.co/X2pegmyiIJ— Jay (@Jay)1588806057.0
Yet another tragic incident occurred in our country this week involving a black man and 2 white police officers.
via: Getty ImagesIt happened in Minneapolis on Monday, and passersby filmed 2 police officers "arresting" George Floyd for an assumed forgery incident.
Police found George matching a suspect's description in his car.
via: TwitterEven though he didn't resist arrest, one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.
This position was clearly very painful for him...
via: Twitter"Please, please, I can't breathe," George can be heard begging in harrowing footage as the officers remain standing.
George's nose begins to bleed...
via: Twitter"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moans as passers-by begin to gather and repeatedly tell the officer to stop leaning on him.
Multiple witnesses are arguing with the officers when he starts to lose consciousness...
via: Twitter"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouts as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responds with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, George is completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn ambulance arrives, the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher - he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
George was only forty-six-years-old...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
The police officers involved have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency...
via: TwitterAnd a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.
The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol...
via: TwitterAnd in total, 4 police officers have been fired following George's death. But many feel that more should be done.
The haunting footage of George's death began circulating online...
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
People all around the world have been left furious over George's unjustified death.
It’s really hard to tweet about this shit bc we have to use our voices but I also don’t want to minimize the depth… https://t.co/FbH2y78hm8— Kiana Ledé (@Kiana Ledé)1590567945.0
When will this violence stop?
Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdere… https://t.co/Qm20uqqZKB— Ömer Çetin (@Ömer Çetin)1590565427.0
So many famous faces and activists have shared their opinions on the tragic murder...
Bernice is the youngest child of the civil rights leader.
Bernice is now the CEO of the King Center, which was originally founded by her mother.
Bernice has touched on George's death...
If you’re unbothered or mildly bothered by the 1st knee, but outraged by the 2nd, then, in my father’s words, you’r… https://t.co/HDHgKMReCN— Be A King (@Be A King)1590533653.0
Colin Kaepernick lost his job because he knelt as a protest during the national anthem instead of standing before a game...
The reason for the kneeling on the right is the same kneeling on the left...
via: TwitterIt's not just a matter of police simply killing black people - it's the dehumanization and devaluing of black lives in our justice system overall.
Bernice received hundreds of thousands of responses to her tweet...
@BerniceKing There is no way the killer did not feel the life drain out of Mr.Floyd. That is why he didn't flinch o… https://t.co/H4wQXeVHml— Mr. Smith (@Mr. Smith)1590538919.0
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a press conference on Tuesday morning, referring to events in the video as "wrong at every level."
"Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For 5 minutes," he said.
"When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful."
Frey held another press conference yesterday...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this time, he called for outright arrest of Derek Chauvin - the officer who is responsible for the murder of George Floyd.
The Mayor pointed out that if any normal person had committed this horrific act, they would be in jail right now.
via: Getty Images"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey asked during the press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
Frey described the decision to fire the officers as "the right call," but he urged the Hennepin County attorney to take further action.
But we can’t turn a blind eye. George Floyd deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice. His friends and family deserve Justice.— Jacob Frey (@Jacob Frey)1590603456.0
In a statement released Wednesday, the county attorney's office said it was aware of the mayor's comments and was reviewing the evidence in the case.
via: Getty Images"We are working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner to expeditiously gather and review all of the evidence in the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd," the statement said according to BuzzFeed News. "The videotaped death of Mr. Floyd, which has outraged us and people across the country, deserves the best we can give and that is what this office will do."
Justice needs to be served.
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0