Video captured by a bystander and posted on Facebook appears to show the victim pinned to the ground, pleading he can not breathe for almost four minutes as an officer holds his neck to the ground with his knee.
At that point, officers said an ambulance was called.
A man has died from what police are calling a "medical distress" after Minneapolis police placed him in handcuffs.
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The video shows officers kneeling on the man's neck, cutting off his oxygen, for at least seven minutes of the ten minutes of video. The man says that he can't breathe. Police did not release the man's identity, but said they believed he was in his 40s.
It added that it was sharing information with the FBI, which "is conducting a separate federal civil rights investigation at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department".
Another witness says: "Did you kill him"?
"They was pinning him down by his neck and he was crying". They wasn't trying to take him serious ...
The video has been included below.
Police said that no weapons were used at any time by the man or the officers during the encounter.
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The police department said an investigation was underway. He stepped out of the auto when he was ordered to, police said, but then physically resisted officers.
The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer is the latest example of a shockingly disturbing reality in America. leading many to conclude it's "open season on black people". this according to the lawyer representing George's family.
Many officials and media figures, including Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey and former Democratic presidential primaries candidate, Amy Klobuchar, published statements, expressing sympathy with the victim's family and condemning the police actions.
"He's not responsive right now, bro".
About four minutes into the video, the man appears to begin to lose consciousness before becoming unresponsive. "For five minutes. This officer failed in the most basic human sense". "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts".
"For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man", Frey told reporters. But the medical examiner referred to it as a chokehold in the autopsy report and said it contributed to his death.
The police union asked the public to wait for the investigation to take its course and not to "rush to judgement and immediately condemn our officers".
The 911 caller also reportedly mentioned the suspect was still in a nearby parking lot and seemed to be under the influence.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensive (BCA) said it was "investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident".
The Associated Press noted that the officers involved have been placed on "paid administrative leave, per department protocol".
Minneapolis Police, who told Refinery29 that they can not comment on the events at this time, have since come under fire from city and state-level leaders. The agency said the officers' names will be released after initial interviews with the people involved and witnesses.