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Video: Minneapolis Cops Kill Man Detained On Pavement In "Medical Incident"

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzaibJ-quVI

A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning black man at the foot of a squad car. The man later died.

A police statement said officers responded to a report of a "forgery in progress" adding, "At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. ... Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident."

A female bystander points out the subject's nose is bleeding.

In an ongoing commentary permeated by cursing, a male onlooker says, "That's bulls—t, Bro. You're stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You're being a bum right now."

The man says the officer is "enjoying that. He's a bum, Bro. You could have put him in the car by now. He's not resisting arrest or nothing. You're enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language - you bum. You know that's bogus right now."

The female onlooker repeatedly urges the officers to check the subject's pulse. "He's not responsive right now," a bystander says. "He's not moving."

Then, an ambulance arrives and takes the man away.

"You just really killed that man, Bro," the male onlooker says.

Frazier, who took the video, says directly beneath it on her Facebook page, " They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy 💔💔#POLICEBRUTALITY."
 link to www.cbsnews.com

Video shows Minneapolis cop with knee on neck of motionless, moaning man

By Brian Dakss

Updated on: May 26, 2020 / 6:38 AM / CBS News

A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car. The man later died.

A police statement said officers responded to a report of a "forgery in progress."

"Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence," the statement said. "Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.

"After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance."

The man died soon after, the statement said, adding, "At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. ... Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident."

Later, Minneapolis police said the FBI is joining the investigation of the incident.

Two of the officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, the department says.

The video, captured by Darnella Frazier, begins with the man, who is black, groaning and saying repeatedly, "I can't breathe" to the officer with his knee on the man's neck. The officer is white.

They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy 💔💔#POLICEBRUTALITY
Posted by Darnella Frazier on Monday, May 25, 2020

"Please," he pleads. "I can't breathe," and continues to moan.

An officer keeps insisting he get in car he keeps saying he can't.

"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. ... (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer. ... I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe." That was followed by more groaning.


Video shows Minneapolis cop with knee on neck of motionless, moaning man

By Brian Dakss

Updated on: May 26, 2020 / 6:38 AM / CBS News

A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car. The man later died.

A police statement said officers responded to a report of a "forgery in progress."

"Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence," the statement said. "Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.
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"After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance."

The man died soon after, the statement said, adding, "At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. ... Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident."

Later, Minneapolis police said the FBI is joining the investigation of the incident.

Two of the officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, the department says.

The video, captured by Darnella Frazier, begins with the man, who is black, groaning and saying repeatedly, "I can't breathe" to the officer with his knee on the man's neck. The officer is white.

They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy 💔💔#POLICEBRUTALITY
Posted by Darnella Frazier on Monday, May 25, 2020

"Please," he pleads. "I can't breathe," and continues to moan.

An officer keeps insisting he get in car he keeps saying he can't.

"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. ... (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer. ... I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe." That was followed by more groaning.

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Screen grab from video captured on evening of May 25, 2020 by onlooker Darnella Frazier shows Minneapolis police officer with knee on neck of "forgery" suspect. Darnella Frazier / Facebook

A female bystander points out the subject's nose is bleeding.

In an ongoing commentary permeated by cursing, a male onlooker says, "That's bulls—t, Bro. You're stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You're being a bum right now."

The man says the officer is "enjoying that. He's a bum, Bro. You could have put him in the car by now. He's not resisting arrest or nothing. You're enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language - you bum. You know that's bogus right now."

The female onlooker repeatedly urges the officers to check the subject's pulse. "He's not responsive right now," a bystander says. "He's not moving."

Then, an ambulance arrives and takes the man away.

"You just really killed that man, Bro," the male onlooker says.

Frazier, who took the video, says directly beneath it on her Facebook page, " They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy 💔💔#POLICEBRUTALITY."

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4 Officers Have Been Fired After Death Of George Floyd 26.May.2020 14:28

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by the Minneapolis PD, and the FBI is investigating the incident.

at least 2 different onlooker cellphone videos exist (in addition to the bodycam footage which the police claim to have).

Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao: 2 officers w/ excessive force past incidents 27.May.2020 07:13

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chauvin, 44, is a 19-year department veteran. Department records and news accounts show that he has been involved in several police-involved shootings over his career.

In 2008, Chauvin shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. According to a 2011 article from the Pioneer Press, Chauvin and other officers showed up to an apartment in south Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. Toles grabbed for an officer's gun and Chauvin shot him in the abdomen.

In 2006, Chauvin and five others responded to a stabbing. After Wayne Reyes, 42, allegedly pulled a shotgun on the officers, one of the officers shot and killed Reyes, according to a report titled "Stolen Lives" from Communities United Against Police Brutality, a police watchdog nonprofit based in Minneapolis.

The other officer identified in the video is Tou Thao. According to a deposition he gave in a 2017 lawsuit, Thao started with the department as a community service officer. He went through the academy in 2009. He was laid off for two years and returned to the department in 2012.

In 2017, Lamar Ferguson sued Thao and another officer, Robert Thunder, for excessive use of force. According to the lawsuit, Ferguson and a woman who was eight months pregnant were walking home when Thao and Thunder stopped and searched them without cause. The officers handcuffed Ferguson, and Thao threw him to the ground and began punching him, while Thunder kicked him, according to the allegations.

The officers took Ferguson to the hospital for medical treatment. Afterward, they escorted Ferguson to jail wearing only his underwear and T-shirt, rejecting hospital staff's requests that he be allowed to fully dress, according to the complaint.

In a deposition, Thao said they arrested Ferguson due to an outstanding arrest warrant. He said he only punched Ferguson after one of Ferguson's hands slipped out of the handcuffs.

"He tries to pull away," Thao said in the deposition. "And he puts his hands on me and tries to give me a stiff arm in a way to try to get me off of him. After — at this point he's actively resisting arrest. He — so I had no choice but to punch him. I punched him in the face. It causes him to pause a bit which gives Officer Thunder the time to come around and help."

The case settled out of court for $25,000, according to Seth Leventhal, one of Ferguson's attorneys.


Chauvin's record shows 12 "no discipline" complaints 27.May.2020 07:35

Heavy dot com

A dozen complaints come up against Chauvin in the police database but they are listed as "non-public" and "no discipline." The details of the incidents were not clear.

TwinCities.com reported in 2008 that Chauvin once received a department medal of valor "for his response in an incident involving a man armed with a gun."

Heavy has asked both the police review board and Minneapolis Police Department for details on the complaints. Heavy also asked Minneapolis police for a full listing of any merit citations or awards for both Chauvin and Thao.

Chauvin is being represented by Tom Kelly, the attorney who represented officer Jeronimo Yanez who shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a community near Minneapolis. That death also provoked major outrage after the shooting's aftermath was streamed on Facebook Live.

Yanez was charged but found not guilty by a jury.


Surveillance video shows events leading up to George Floyd's arrest 27.May.2020 13:42

Kyle Brown

 https://kstp.com/news/surveillance-video-shows-events-leading-up-to-george-floyds-arrest/5742404/

Updated: May 27, 2020 10:58 AM
Created: May 27, 2020 09:08 AM

ABC News has obtained surveillance video from a south Minneapolis restaurant that shows the moments leading up to George Floyd's arrest and eventual death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

The video was taken from outside Dragon Wok at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — just across the street from where a police officer knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes, rendering him unresponsive.

The video, which was provided by Dragon Wok owner Rashad West, shows two police officers walk across the street to approach a parked SUV. The officers are seen talking with the people inside the vehicle. Two people step out from the front and back passenger doors while an officer is taking Floyd, who was sitting in the driver's seat, into custody.

After Floyd is put into handcuffs, the officer walks him over to the sidewalk and over to the building nearby. Floyd's back is placed against the wall, and Floyd is sat down.

The officer who walked Floyd over to the wall starts questioning him while a second squad car pulls up to the scene. The officer then pulls Floyd's arm to get him on his feet and a second officer takes hold of his other arm to walk him across the street.

In the video, Floyd can be seen talking with the officers, but he does not appear to struggle as they walk him over to the squad car parked across the street. At the very end of the video, the door to the squad car across the street opens up, although it is difficult to see whether the officers are trying to load Floyd in the vehicle.

A viral video later surfaced showing a white officer, who was identified as Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd's neck while Floyd pleaded, "Please, please, I can't breathe." After several minutes, Floyd became unresponsive. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd's death were fired on Tuesday.

Protesters gathered at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street throughout the day Tuesday before marching northeast to the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. There, what had been a peaceful protest turned into a riot as demonstrators vandalized the police station and squad cars and threw rocks at law enforcement.

Police in riot gear tried to disperse the crowd with canisters of chemical irritants and rubber bullets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8bLuzk1OeU
^ URL for restaurant surveillance cam footage

Trump asks DOJ, FBI to expedite probe into George Floyd death 28.May.2020 01:07

By Morgan Chalfant -

05/27/20 06:48 PM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday said he asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to expedite an investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police earlier this week.

"At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd," Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.

"I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George's family and friends. Justice will be served!" he added.

....I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George's family and friends. Justice will be served!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020

Floyd, an unarmed African American man, died Monday in police custody in Minneapolis.

Video captured by onlookers showed Floyd telling the officers that he couldn't breathe as one of them pinned him on the ground with a knee on top of his neck. The footage quickly sparked outrage as it spread on social media. Protesters crowded the streets following Floyd's death, leading to clashes with police.

The FBI was already said to be investigating Floyd's death, along with local authorities. All four police officers involved in the incident have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) earlier Wednesday called for charges against the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck.

Some have pressed for further investigation by the Justice Department, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who called for the DOJ's Civil Rights Division to investigate Floyd's death.

Four Minnesota Democrats wrote a letter to authorities calling for a federal, state and county investigation into the incident in addition to "independent oversight" of law enforcement.

Asked about the incident earlier Wednesday during a trip to Florida, Trump described it as a "very sad event" and said he expected a report once he returned from the trip. The president tweeted about his push for an investigation shortly before arriving home at the White House.

Updated at 7:20 p.m.