Nation special report
MINNEAPOLIS: An inhuman, shameful and condemnable act by a sadist US police official in Minneapolis brought anger and violence in many cities in America and demonstrations in London and are expected in other countries.
Video taken by a bystander showed the 46-year-old George Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck. After 8 minutes 46 seconds unbearable pressure on neck, the handcuffed victim died in a very miserable condition.
Police officials said the man matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store, and that he resisted arrest. The officers ignores his pleas. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man”, the man is heard telling the officer. He also recalled his mother saying “Mum – Mum” before death. His mother reportedly has died the same day two years ago.
The hair raising moments and video clip has offended everyone who saw it worldwide. After several minutes, one of the officers tells the man to “relax”. Minutes pass, and the man becomes motionless under the officer’s restraint. The officer leaves his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes more.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. He and the three other police officers who were present during the incident have been fired from the police department.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who is seen on a bystander’s cellphone video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck on Monday before he died, has been charged with third-degree murder, Mike Freeman, Hennepin County attorney, told a news briefing.
“He is in custody and has been charged with murder,” Freeman said of Chauvin, who is white. “We have evidence, we have the citizen’s video, the horrible, horrific, terrible thing we’ve seen over and over again.”
The cellphone footage showed Floyd repeatedly moaning and gasping while he pleaded to Chauvin, kneeling on his neck, “Please, I can’t breathe.” After several minutes, Floyd gradually grows quiet and ceases to move. He could not control his bladder due to unbearable pain and passed the urine.
According to New York Times report, a deli employee called 911, accusing George Floyd of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. The criminal complaint against Derek says that he did not remove his knee even after Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene. The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao remain under investigation.
“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man”, pleaded
dying George Floyd but cops did not heed and DereK Chauvin
continued put heavy pressure on neck for nine minutes. Derek arrested
and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter
Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the streets of Minneapolis for a fourth night, as the anger stoked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the city spread across the US.
The Pentagon on Saturday ordered the Army to put military police units on alert to head to the city on short notice at President Donald Trump’s request, a rare step which came as the violence spread to other areas including Detroit, Atlanta and New York City.
Other large demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and dozens of other cities ranged from people peacefully blocking roads to repeated clashes with police.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had spoken to Floyd’s family and “expressed my sorrow”. He called video of the arrest “just a horrible thing to witness and to watch, it certainly looked like there was no excuse for it”.
The official autopsy, which was published by CNN, has added to the drama that has unfolded since the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd until he became unresponsive spread around the world.
“No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” says the official autopsy. “Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”
A restaurant owner in Minneapolis whose building was damaged during protests has added his voice to the chorus of activists seeking justice after police killed a Black man by kneeling on his neck.
Gandhi Mahal, an Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant located about a block from the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct, was one of several businesses damaged by fire during protests over the killing of George Floyd, who died Monday.
Gandhi Mahal’s owner Ruhel Islam declared his solidarity with the protesters, his daughter Hafsa wrote in a Facebook post about the damage to the restaurant.
“Let my building burn,” Hafsa wrote, quoting her dad. “Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail.”
“Gandhi Mahal May have felt the flames last night, but our drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die!” Hafsa wrote in the post.
Islam told BuzzFeed that he was heartbroken by the damage, but that he understood the protesters’ anger. “Life is more valuable than anything else,” Islam told the publication. “We can rebuild a building. But we cannot give this man back to his family.”
Staff working for Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the owner of Cup Foods, called Minneapolis police after George Floyd, 46, twice tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase.
Officers who arrested Floyd held him to the ground with a knee on his neck, as he pleaded that he could not breathe. He lost consciousness and died later in hospital. One officer has been charged with third-degree murder and further charges are expected.
“What took place outside … was not in our hands,” Abumayyaleh told US TV. “The murder and execution was something done by the police, and it was an abuse of power. The police brutality needs to stop.”
Abumayyaleh said he knew Floyd as a customer, and as someone who was always pleasant. He did not find out until the following morning that the man had died. “We were all outraged,” he said, and Floyd “may not have even known that the bill was counterfeit.”
The store owner and his sons, Samir, Adam and Mahmoud, have gone into hiding in the face of a wave of threats against them on social media. They took down their store’s Facebook page and its landline phone has been disconnected.
Minneapolis has more than 50 Arab- and Muslim-owned stores mostly north of where the incident occurred, all operating under statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Arab store owners said they feared speaking out publicly about the incident.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called footage of the
incident “very distressing.” But he refrained from commenting
on US President Donald Trump’s explosive tweets and controversial public
statements about the protests.
“I’ve long kept to the self-imposed guidance not to comment on what President Trump says,” Raab told the BBC.
Authorities will officially allow groups of up to six to gather in England — and up to eight in Scotland — starting on Monday as more than two months of restrictions begin to ease.
Protests in London
Thousands of protestors gathered in Trafalgar Square for a Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd. Crowds arrived in central London shortly before 1pm on Sunday, with many carrying signs calling for ‘Justice for George Floyd’ and chants of ‘no justice, no peace’ and ‘I can’t breathe’.
After meeting at the iconic spot, attendees took the knee in solidarity with protestors in the US before beginning to march through central London.
The protest follows a demonstration held in Peckham on Saturday, which saw dozens of protestors take to the streets.
Other protest events have also been planned, with gatherings in Hyde Park and Parliament Square organised for the coming week, drawing attention not only to actions in the US, but also racism in the UK.
of Londoners defied coronavirus restrictions and rallied outside the US embassy
on Sunday in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the
death of an unarmed black man during an arrest.
The death of George Floyd in Minnesota has sparked five consecutive nights of often violent protests that resulted in National Guard troops patrolling majority US cities on Sunday.
The London protesters chanted “no justice, no peace” and held up “Black Lives Matter” signs outside the US embassy compound on the southern bank of the Thames River.
Wife seeks divorce
The wife of Derek Chouvin has filed for divorce, according to her lawyers. Kellie Chauvin, a former Mrs. Minnesota winner, said she was devastated by George Floyd’s death, in a statement Sekula Law Office statement.
“Her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the statement said.