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Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

Minneapolis Police Death
Posted at 5:05 PM, May 26, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday.

The firings come a day after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving.

The man who died was identified as George Floyd.

Related: Video shows officer kneeling on neck of black man who died

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the terminations on Twitter, and said the firings were the “right call.”

Monday's death of George Floyd was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities.

It drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold.