GEORGE Floyd, a 46-year-old man from Minnesota, USA, died after he was taken into custody by police.

But what exactly happened to George Floyd?

What happened to George Floyd?

On May 25, George Floyd was involved in an incident with the Minneapolis Police Department.

That day officers responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Mr Floyd had used a forged check.

After he was located in his car by police they said he "physically resisted officers" while possibly under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

Footage of the incident posted to social media, shows Mr Floyd groaning and saying repeatedly "I can't breathe" to the police officer kneeling on his neck.

The officer had his other knee on Mr Floyd's back, near where his hands were handcuffed.

In the footage, Mr Floyd can also be heard saying "Don't kill me!" before he becomes motionless with his eyes closed.

Who is Derek Chauvin and the other police officers involved?

Derek Chauvin is one of the four Minnesota police officers who were involved in the George Floyd incident.

Officer Chauvin has been identified as the policeman pinning down Mr Floyd in the now-viral video which shows Mr Floyd being held down before losing consciousness.

Minnesota Police said Mr Floyd, who had worked providing security at a restaurant, died after a "medical incident" in a "police interaction".

On the afternoon of May 26, Mayor Jacob Frey confirmed the four officers involved in the incident had been "terminated".

At a press conference that day Mr Frey had described the incident as "completely and utterly messed up".

He said: "I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level. Being black in America should not be a death sentence.

“For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes. This officer failed in the most basic human sense."

An investigation has been launched by the FBI and authorities in Minnesota.

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