Minneapolis cops in riot gear have fired rubber bullets at thousands of defiant protesters who took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, the black man who died after a white officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during his arrest.
Demonstrators carrying placards reading ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘Justice 4 Floyd’ surrounded a police precinct Tuesday night after the disturbing video of 46-year-old Floyd begging the cop to stop before falling unconscious was shared online.
Four members of the Minneapolis Police Department who were involved in Monday’s incident have now been fired, and the FBI and state law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into the man’s death.
The victim’s heartbroken family have called for the cops to be charged with murder and their lawyer revealed white cop Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a staggering eight minutes during the arrest for forgery.
The demonstrators demanded the arrest of the four officers but were met with rubber bullets and tear gas fired by masked cops as the city’s streets descended into chaos.
Some had their faces doused in milk to limit the effects of the gas while others ran for cover.
For their involvement in the death of a black man who was held down with a knee as he said “I can’t breathe,” four police officers have been sacked in Minneapolis. The FBI is now probing the matter which sparked outrage across the US after a video showing the incident went viral.
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 against the department regulations.
The incident took place on Monday evening when the officers responded to a call about an alleged forgery and found the suspect sitting inside a car.
The man later identified as Floyd was spotted by two officrs, who claimed that the suspect “physically resisted” them when they asked him to get out. According to police, officers handcuffed him, who “appeared to be suffering medical distress.” Police added that the man died at a hospital after few