The black man who died after being pinned down by Minneapolis police has been identified as George Floyd, according to a report.
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, said in a statement Tuesday, according to Fox-News.
“This abusive, excessive, and inhumane use of force coast the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge,” Crump said. “We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd as we demand answers from the Minneapolis Police Department.”
Shocking cellphone video of Floyd’s death shows Floyd pinned on the ground with a cop’s knee on his neck.
“I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe,” he’s heard saying. “Don’t kill me!”
Bystanders can be heard telling police to let him get up.
The FBI and Minnesota state authorities are now investigating the incident.
“The lack of humanity in this disturbing video is sickening,” Gov. Tim Walz said on Twitter Tuesday. “We will get answers and seek justice.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called the video “traumatic.”
“For the better part of the night I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what happened and all I keep coming back to is that he should not have died,” Frey told Fox.
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