The officers involved were responding to a report of a forgery in progress, and found a man fitting the suspect's description, Floyd, aged in his 40s, in a vehicle, according to a police department account.
A petition, created by Floyd's sister Philonise, demanding criminal charges be brought against the police officers involved in her brother's death had gained 1 million signatures by Thursday. They were identified as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
The owner of a Minneapolis grocery store that George Floyd had just left when he encountered the police said his employee called him crying after witnessing an officer press his knee into the man's neck. A male voice said "he's stopped breathing now".
Mayor Jacob Frey condemned the incident and said that the technique used by the officers to pin George Floyd's head to the ground was not as per as the department regulations. After he was taken into custody and the incident that followed, the 46-year-old was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to CBS Minnesota. "And our chief has been very clear on that piece".
The Minnesota police handbook states that officers trained on how to compress the neck without applying direct pressure to the airway can use a knee under its use-of-force policy.
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On Tuesday, the county attorney's office said it would make a charging decision after state investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conclude their inquiries.
"US authorities must take serious action to stop such killings, and to ensure justice is done when they do occur". His family deserves justice. "Being black in America should not be a death sentence".
The policeman and three fellow officers who participated in Floyd's apprehension, were dismissed from the police department on Tuesday as the FBI opened an investigation of his arrest.
In the case of Garner, he was placed in a banned chokehold by a white New York City police officer who was trying to arrest him for illegally selling loose cigarettes on the street.
Multiple people were shown apparently being hit by rubber bullets fired by the police, including one woman who appeared to have been shot in the head or face by one of the non-lethal projectiles before police fired off tear gas at the crowd.
However, he said the current police chief, Medaria Arradondo, had been trying to fix the relationship.
Floyd, believed to be in his 40s, was unable to move even as the officers asked him to "get up and get in the car".