A shocking video has been released in which a white Minneapolis police officer holds a black man with his knees on the ground just before he loses consciousness and dies.
The disturbing images were taken Monday by a bystander in southern Minneapolis and have now led to an FBI investigation into the man’s death.
Minneapolis police confirmed that the man died in a statement later that night, saying that officers had responded to a “forgery in progress.”
The police found the man, probably in his forties, according to the description of the suspect in his car.
Disturbing footage captured by a bystander shows the moment when a white Minneapolis police officer grabs a black man with his knees on the floor during an arrest on Monday
The man, arrested for forgery, is repeatedly heard to say he cannot breathe. About four minutes after the video, he seems to lose consciousness
“He was ordered to get out of his car. After he was released, he physically opposed officers, “police spokesman John Elder said in a statement.
“Officers were able to put the suspect in handcuffs and noted that he was suffering from medical problems.”
The man, who was not identified, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, where he died a short time later, police said.
Bystander Darnella Frazier shared a video of the incident on Facebook in which the man lies motionless on the floor begging officers to let him go.
‘Please. Please, I can’t breathe, “the man without a shirt is heard pleading with the police.
The arresting officer kneels on the man’s neck for several minutes while the man moans in pain.
Several witnesses are then heard arguing with the two arresting officers about their excessive use of force.
The unresponsive and handcuffed man is then placed on a stretcher before being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after
“Bro, at least you let him breathe, man,” says one man.
“He’s not even resisting arrest … he’s human, bro.”
One of the officers then replies, “This is why you don’t use drugs, children.”
“This is not about drug addict! He is human, “says the bystander.
“You enjoy it. Look at yourself. Your body language, you bum. You know that’s fake now, ”he adds.
About four minutes after the video, the man seems to lose consciousness before becoming unresponsive.
Then an ambulance arrives and the handcuffed man is placed on a stretcher
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has joined the FBI in its investigation.
All camera images of the body have been turned over to the BCA, which investigates most police shootings and deaths during custody.
Throughout the video, the arresting officer is seen kneeling in the man’s neck while lying motionless on the floor
The FBI is now investigating the man’s death, and the two agents have been paid on administrative leave
The officers involved were paid per administrative leave, per departmental protocol.
Nekima Levy-Armstrong, a prominent local activist, said watching the images shared on social media “made her nauseous” and cited the incident as another example of police brutality against African American men, the Star Tribune reported.
“Whatever the man did shouldn’t have ended in a death sentence,” she said.
“What started as an alleged economic incident was once again lethal to a black man.”
Levy-Armstrong said the incident reminded her of the Eric Garner case.
He was an unarmed New York man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by the police and begging for his life that he could not breathe.
A large jury later decided not to sue the agents involved, sparking protests across the country.
Minneapolis police have been scrutinized for deadly clashes with civilians in recent years.
A 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, was shot in the head and died in 2015 after a confrontation with two white agents who responded to a reported attack.
A prosecutor declined to prosecute the officers, saying that Clark was struggling for one of the officers’ weapons when he was shot.
A white woman, Justine Rusczcyk Damond, died in 2017 when she was shot in the stomach by a Minneapolis cop who responded to her emergency call.
That officer, who is black, was convicted of manslaughter and murder and served a 12-year prison sentence.