'I Can't Breathe' - officers under FBI investigation after controversial video emerges

May 26, 2020 / 1.7K views

UPDATE - 4 cops fired over this.

Minneapolis - Several officers are facing an FBI investigation after this video emerged on social media. This video shows a forgery suspect being arrested by police and one officer refuses to take his knee off the man's neck.

The suspect lies there still on the ground, repeatedly saying that he can't breathe, and bystanders plead for the officer to remove his knee from the guy's neck, but it doesn't happen. Long story short, an ambulance eventually arrives, the man is no longer responsive, and he passed away.

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As two cops held the man on the ground, one of them said for the guy to get in the cop car and to relax. The man on the ground said he would get in the car, but he couldn't move. That's because the other officer wouldn't remove his knee from the man's neck and was essentially cutting off oxygen.

"Please," the man pleads. "I can't breathe," and continues to moan. An officer keeps insisting he get in the car, while the man repeatedly says he can't.

"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. … (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer. … I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe." That was followed by more groaning.

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A female bystander points out the subject's nose is bleeding. 


In an ongoing commentary permeated by cursing, a male onlooker says: "That's bulls—t, Bro. You're stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You're being a bum right now."

The man says the officer is "enjoying that. He's a bum, Bro. You could have put him in the car by now. He's not resisting arrest or nothing. You're enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language — you bum. You know that's bogus right now."

The female onlooker repeatedly urges the officers to check the subject's pulse. "He's not responsive right now," a bystander says. "He's not moving." An ambulance then arrives and takes the man away.

"You just really killed that man, Bro," the male onlooker says to the officer.  (CBS News)

Despite pleas from bystanders, the officer sat there with his body weight on the man's neck, causally with his hands in his pockets as if it were just a normal day.

He wouldn't even look up at the people calling for him to take the knee off and put the man in the car.

The man was already detained and in handcuffs as well.

CBS News reports that when police arrived, responding to a "forgery in progress," they asked the man to step out of his car. He stepped out and at first physically resisted, but he was handcuffed and on the ground shortly after.

CBS further reported, "Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a press conference Tuesday that the FBI will lead the investigation into the incident due to the possible civil rights violation. Two of the officers involved have been "relieved of duty status," Arradondo said. The officers are still receiving pay, but have no law enforcement duties."

Source: facebook / Last Edited by: Frank Bojazi
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