Hundreds Protest George Floyd’s Death In Minneapolis

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Floyd, a Black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Protesters want the cops involved, who’ve been fired, to face criminal charges.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Minneapolis on Tuesday evening to protest police violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Crowds gathered near the spot where a bystander’s now-viral video captured Floyd on Monday being held face-down by a Minneapolis police officer, who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” Demonstrators — most wearing masks, following requests from organizers based on guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus — then marched toward a police precinct. They held signs with the rallying cries “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter” and “Stop lynching us.” 

Later Tuesday evening, police arrived in riot gear at the scene of the protest outside the local precinct and appeared to use tear gas to disperse demonstrators, according to local reporters and photographers. Minneapolis police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday after Floyd’s death. The FBI and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the incident. 

Organizers of Tuesday’s protest are demanding “justice for the victim and his family,” including the release of the officers’ names and criminal charges against the four. 

Floyd was unarmed and handcuffed on the ground when the officer kneeled on his neck. Floyd eventually closed his eyes and stopped speaking. Police called for an ambulance, but Floyd died shortly after arriving at a hospital, the Minneapolis Police Department said.

Floyd’s death follows in a long line of killings of unarmed Black people at the hands of law enforcement, his case echoing that of Eric Garner in New York, who was also unarmed and died in 2014 after pleading “I can’t breathe” as a cop held him in a chokehold. 

Here are some images from Tuesday’s protest:

‘I Cannot Breathe’: Man Dies After Encounter With Minneapolis Police

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Video purportedly captured by a bystander shows an officer pressing his knee into the neck of a Black man lying face down on the street.

A man in Minneapolis died on Monday night after an encounter with police. Video circulating on social media purportedly shows the man being pinned face-down on the street by an officer who appears to be pressing his knee into the man’s neck.

A Minneapolis police spokesperson told HuffPost early Tuesday he could not verify the authenticity of the video, as he had not reviewed officers’ body camera footage from the incident. 

In the clip, the man, who is Black, is heard pleading with officers.

“Please man, I can’t breathe,” he says.

The man repeats the phrase again and again: “I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.”

Within minutes, the man closes his eyes and stops speaking. The officer, who appears to be white, appears to keep his knee on the man’s neck, even as onlookers begin shouting for police to attend to him.

“Get off of him!” one woman is heard shouting.

“Bro, he’s not moving!” another bystander shouts. “Get off of his neck!”

The Minneapolis Police Department said in a press release that officers arrived at the scene in response to a reported “forgery in progress.” The suspect, police said, was in a car and appeared to be under the influence. He “physically resisted” officers, police said.

“Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,” the statement said, adding the officers called for an ambulance but the man died shortly after arriving at a hospital. Police did not release the man’s identity, but said they believed he was in his 40s.

The press release stated that no weapons were used during the encounter. It did not mention that an officer had pinned the man to the street and had put his knee on the man’s neck prior to his death. 

The police department said an investigation was underway. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and FBI would be included, police noted without elaboration. Neither agency immediately responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said during a news briefing Tuesday. Their names haven’t been publicly released.

“He should not have died,” Mayor Jacob Frey said during the briefing. “What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up. ... Whatever the investigation reveals, it does not change the simple truth that he should be with us this morning.”

“I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level,” the mayor continued, referring to the bystander video. “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. ... When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”

A protest against police violence has been planned for Tuesday night at the intersection where the incident occurred. Frey said he supported the right of community members to express their anger, but encouraged protesters to social distance and wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Social media users noted similarities in the man’s death and that of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer.

“I can’t breathe,” Garner said repeatedly before he died.

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Joe Scarborough Issues Ominous Warning To GOP About Donald Trump’s Racism

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In a Washington Post column, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host explained how Trump’s bigoted rhetoric “will bring his party down with him.”

In a Tuesday column for The Washington Post, Joe Scarborough predicted that Donald Trump’s racism will have catastrophic consequences for the GOP. He proposed that now is the time for Republicans to speak out against the president and his bigoted rhetoric.

“President Trump can’t help himself,” the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” started his editorial, headlined “Trump’s Racism Will Bring His Party Down With Him.” The piece outlines Trump’s long history of making offensive remarks, which culminated Monday when he told CBS News’ Weijia Jiang, who is of Asian descent, to “ask China” her question about the coronavirus.

“Trump’s Republican Party has become numbed to its party leader’s daily outrages — the racist attacks, the 18,000 lies (and counting), the petty insults, the breaches of constitutional norms, and the gross incompetence that has worsened the covid-19 crisis in the United States and has driven America to the edge of a depression,” wrote Scarborough, a former GOP congressman.

“If Democrats win back the White House and control of the Senate in 2020, much of that will be because black and Hispanic voters continue to reject Republican candidates,” he added.

Scarborough later suggested that “with the prospects of a historic Democratic landslide building with every Trump news conference, every deranged tweet, every racist remark, wouldn’t now be the time for Republican candidates to stand up, speak out and finally stop following a man so ill-equipped for the presidency?”

“To quote Trump himself, with control of Congress and the White House slipping away: ‘What the hell do they have to lose?’” he concluded.

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