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“They Killed Him”: Sister of Minneapolis, black man who died after arrest, calls for justice

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The sister of an African-American man who died shortly after a white Minneapolis police officer tied him up with a knee in the neck called for justice on Wednesday (May 27) and said there were four police officers layoffs over the fatal incident was not enough.

The four officers were fired on Tuesday, a day after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, who lived in the suburb of St Louis Park, Minnesota.

A bystander video showed Floyd face down on the street, gasping for air and groaning, “I can’t breathe” on Monday night.

“They killed my brother. They killed him. They need to put more pressure on these guys. Sacking them is not enough, “Bridgett Floyd told ABC’s Good Morning America.

A Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said authorities will release the names of the officers after initial interviews with witnesses and those involved in the incident.

She had no specific time frame for the release.

The case is reminiscent of the 2014 murder of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City, who died after being placed in a police booth and telling officers, “I can’t breathe.”

The officer who placed Garner in a deadly chokehold was fired but escaped criminal charges.

The Garner case was one of a series of murders of black men by US police officers that fueled the Black Lives Matter movement, which campaigns against violence against black people and systemic racism.

Thousands of protesters filled the streets around the scene of the fatal incident on Tuesday in a heady demonstration, many wearing face shields to protect against the spread of the new corona virus.

The rally took an unruly turn around twilight as police in riot gear fired tear gas and non-lethal beanbags into the crowd as protesters flung water bottles and other projectiles, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

According to a message on Facebook, a protest was planned on Wednesday before the house of a police officer who, according to the organizers, was involved in the incident.

The organizer said a peaceful protest was planned, but the officer will “feel our pain and what it is like to be afraid of his life”.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, held by the Floyd family, called for peaceful protests and social distance during meetings and demonstrations.

“We cannot fall to the level of our oppressors, and we must not endanger others during this pandemic. We will demand lasting changes and ultimately enforce them by shedding light on a treatment that is horrific and unacceptable and by winning justice. he said in a statement.

The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, the union representing the city’s police, said in a statement to the local media that the officers were cooperating with the investigation and that it was “not a time to quickly condemn”.

“We have to watch all the videos. We have to wait for the medical examiner’s report. The officers’ actions and training protocol will be carefully examined after the officers make their statements,” said the union, asking the community to remain calm.

A second video, from the security camera of a nearby restaurant, was released on Wednesday. The footage, obtained by the Washington Post, captured the moments before the incident and showed two police officers approaching a vehicle and arresting a man sitting in the driver’s seat.

The six-minute video showed the officers leading the handcuffed man to a wall along the sidewalk and sitting him down while another officer pulled into a police vehicle. One of the officers then helped the grinning man to his feet and led him, along with another officer, to a police vehicle, where he fell to the ground, the images showed.

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