The horrific footage of a black man who died under police custody is yet another reminder of the price and cost of being a black man in America.
Although the death of George Floyd is under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities and the four police officers involved fired, while Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey apologised to the black community on Tuesday in a post on his Facebook page, the unnecessary police brutality and fatal force applied to him is made worse by the now widely shared images of the police officer who did the neck kneeling, Derek Chauvin wearing a MAGA face cap, a gear made popular by the controversial movement that drove Trump to the white house.
In the facebook post, Mayor Frey “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense,”
George Floyd was identified by Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights and personal injury lawyer could be heard pleading with the police officers.
“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,”
Ben Crump who is now representing the family of George Floyd addressing the incident
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck, this abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.”
In Minneapolis, kneeling on a suspect’s neck is allowed under the department’s use-of-force policy for officers who have received training in how to compress a neck without applying direct pressure to the airway.
It is considered a “non-deadly force option,” according to the department’s policy handbook.