Before the video gained national attention, police had characterized Floyd's death as being the result of a "medical incident."
In the footage, Floyd is seen lying on his stomach next to a Minneapolis patrol car as one of the officers kneels on his neck.
"Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd struggles to tell the officers. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please, I can't breathe."
Bystanders watching the incident plead for the officer to stand up. But a second officer deflects those comments and then appears to mock Floyd by saying, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
In a Wednesday press conference, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called for charges against the white officer who put his knee on the neck of Floyd. He also asserted that Floyd's race played a part in his death.
"He'd be alive today if he were white," Frey said of Floyd, according to CBS News. "I'm not a prosecutor, but let me be clear, the arresting officer killed someone."
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