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Furore in the US after the black man dies while the white police officer kneels on his neck

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A video of a handcuffed black man dying while a Minneapolis agent knelt on his neck for more than five minutes caused a new furore in the U.S. on police treatment for African Americans on Tuesday, May 26.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired four police officers after George Floyd’s custody on Monday when the suspect was shirtlessly pressed down a street in Minneapolis, with one officer knee on his neck.

“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe … Mommy. Mama, “Floyd begged.

Bystanders filmed the scene as Floyd, probably in his forties, slowly became silent and immobile, unable to move, even when the police scolded him to “get up and get in the car.”

He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Frey expressed her outrage when calls were made to prosecute the officers for murder.

“What I saw was wrong at every level,” he said of the video.

“For five minutes we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck,” said Frey.

“Being black in America shouldn’t be a death sentence.” Human rights lawyer Ben Crump said he had been detained by Floyd’s family.

Crump said in a statement that Floyd had been arrested by police for charges of counterfeiting, a charge often used for writing bad checks or using fake banknotes for purchases.

“This insulting, outrageous and inhumane use of violence has cost the life of a man detained by police for questioning a non-violent charge,” he said.

Floyd’s death recalled the suffocating death of New Yorker Eric Garner in 2014 by police detained for illegally selling cigarettes.

His death helped spark the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said he transferred the case to the FBI for investigation, which could make it a federal violation of rights.

But there were more and more calls for the officers to be arrested for murder.

“This is pure evil,” tweeted Nekima Levy Armstrong, an African-American civil rights attorney in Minneapolis.

“Those same agents must be charged and convicted of murder,” she said.

Floyd’s death follows two other African American deaths involving police misconduct.

On March 13 in Louisville, three white Kentucky police officers entered the house of a black woman, Breonna Taylor, and shot her in a drug investigation.

And the police and prosecutors in Brunswick, Georgia allegedly glossed over the murder of a young black jogger by the son of a retired local police detective.

Police allegedly withheld a video for two months following Ahmaud Arbery, 25, and then shot a shotgun in broad daylight.

Arbery and Taylor’s families are also represented by Crump.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Minneapolis case found that U.S. police are being treated harshly against African Americans charged with minor allegations.

“This tragic video shows how few significant changes have occurred to prevent the police from killing black people,” said ACLU police specialist Paige Fernandez.

“Even in places like Minneapolis, where chokeholds are technically banned, black people are accused by police of low-level allegations and exposed to unreasonable, unnecessary violence,” she said in a statement.

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