Massive protest may soon begin across the United States over the killing of another black man by a white police officer.
A video which has gone viral show an African American man being pinned to the ground by a white police officer with his knee on his neck for about eight minutes.
The Minneapolis police officer had the black man pinned next to the back tire of his patrol car, refusing to ease pressure even as the man complained.
“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” the man begs. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”
Onlookers outside the Minneapolis deli also urged the officer to get off the man but he did budge.
“You’re stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?” one man says. “His nose is bleeding. Look at his nose!” says a woman.
The officer remains on the man’s neck, even as he lies apparently unresponsive, for a total of about eight minutes before paramedics arrive and the man is placed on a stretcher.
The video, which was captured by Facebook user Darnella Frazier, was captioned, “They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy #POLICEBRUTALITY
The Minneapolis police later released a statement claiming that officers responded to a report of “forgery in progress.”
The deceased was later identified as George Floyd, who was “from the 3rd Ward in Houston and was well known all over the town. He was up in Minneapolis
number of Black American celebrities have reacted in outrage to George’s death, while thousands have taken to social media to protest.
Hollywood actor David Oyelowo shared share a group photo of some stars, including a white man, wearing a t-shirt with the inscription ‘I CAN’T BREATHE”
He captioned the image, “Our hearts broke as we protested the death of Eric Garner. We now demand justice for George Floyd.”