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Minneapolis Mayor Calls For Cop Who Killed George Floyd To Be Arrested

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held a press briefing Wednesday and called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to file charges against Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is the officer seen on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he passes out and later dies.

George died in police custody Monday night, and bystander video has since circulated showing Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd says repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.”

Early Wednesday afternoon the City of Minneapolis released the names of all four officers fired in the wake of Floyd’s death – Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao, and Officer J Alexander Kueng.

Frey said that his request is based on video evidence that he’s seen, and would not go into further details for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

“I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question. Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey said to reporters on Wednesday. “If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. And I cannot come up with a good answer to that question.”

“George Floyd deserves justice, his family deserves justice, the black community deserves justice, and our city deserves justice,” Frey said.

“We watched for five whole excruciating minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed black man,” Frey said. “I saw no threat, I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary.”

Frey said that the maneuver used by the officer is not approved by the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Gov. Tim Walz said at a media briefing Wednesday that he’s spoken with both Frey and Freeman, and they’ve promised “swift action” once the facts are in.

“I was shocked and horrified by the video of George Floyd’s death,” Walz said. “It’s very clear to anyone that what happened to George Floyd is wrong. The lack of humanity in the video made me physically ill.”

Walz said he supports the protesters’ right to peacefully assemble, and encourages them to be safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“George Floyd didn’t deserve to die,” Walz said. “But George Floyd does deserve justice.”

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nomad May 27, 2020 at 6:22 pm

bravo, mayor.

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Kenneth May 29, 2020 at 2:02 am

The EMS driver needs to be charged too- he checked his pulse and failed to render aid- put him on stretcher and into back of bus – zero CPR- no attempt to revive or assist Mr Floyd in breathing- charge him too
Then drove off with him back there alone Handcuffed…

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Dan Mcpeake May 29, 2020 at 7:43 am

if you charge the EMS guy the next time you call the paramedics they wont answer the call,because they all quit,the cops were in charge of the scene,the ems guys do what they are told

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Dream May 29, 2020 at 3:31 pm

This is a very weak immature response your job as an EMT is to save lives. U can’t say anything different. Next time let that be u or your kids mother grandma see if u say the same thing. Thanks for being human

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Amaro Gutiérrez May 30, 2020 at 10:24 am

Dan Mcpeake: you are clueless PD is not in charge of the patient it is EMS. You are part of the in humane culture going around in America. If you have no clue regarding scope of practice laws or standard of care I suggest you educate yourself before even considering offering an opinion. God Bless

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Jorge Estemac May 27, 2020 at 7:10 pm

All the officers at the scene that failed to stop the killing are responsible, their oath required them to stop criminal activities or a crime that they witness. They did not fulfill their responsibility in stopping the killing, they can be considered acomplices.

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Meneleo Nabor May 29, 2020 at 12:59 am

I Agree with Jorge Estemac all the officer that is in that scene to be put in jail.

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Cynthia Murphy May 27, 2020 at 9:52 pm

There should be no hesitation in charging all of these officers with this young mans death they are all equally guilty because they did nothing to stop this officers over kill of subduing this young man who was not resisting arrest which shows that this is a common practice of improper arrest techniques amgonst these officers they all committed murder by standing by and letting this happen they should NEVER be able to work as police officers of any kind in any capacity in the United States!!

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Rome May 27, 2020 at 11:05 pm

We see this everyday all over America. They will be just like the others. Not even probation. And will be hired at another police station within the month. I pray for those families. But let’s be real, this is America. Where if your not caucasian you are 90% more likely to be killed before given a simple ticket due to cops knowing they won’t see any jail time and 90% more likely to not even be charged. This in my opinion an just the sad truth.

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Marcus Ali May 28, 2020 at 12:30 am

I am glad the mayor stepped up! Action needs to be taken, but I felt the (media), reports that asks him questions was trying to make him look bad or wrong. I didn’t like that, it mad me wonder who they were working for the kkk!!!!

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Marcus Ali May 28, 2020 at 12:42 am

Correction on the comment- I am glad the Mayor step up! But I felt the reporter (media) was trying to make him look like he’s wrong. I didn’t like that ,action needed to be taken. It’s makes me wonder who the reporter are for the KKK!!!!!! ( not all of them !)

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Moses May 28, 2020 at 5:40 am

That’s a cold blooded murderer. He is not a cop. Why that anger, why that vendetta for someone who is already subdued and handcuffed? Why is the murderer still free?
Which investigation do they need? The Minneapolis cops will investigate? That was cold Blood day street murder!!!!

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jumapili May 28, 2020 at 7:03 am

The whole damn system is guilty as hell! I CAN’T BREATH!!!!

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Lanethia Blossom May 28, 2020 at 9:26 am

They all need to be arrested right now…. we need to get justice for this young man the video makes my stomachs hurt this man did not die in the hospital he died right there on the street

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karla askey May 28, 2020 at 10:14 am

I don’t understand why the Paramedics didn’t properly assess his condition or attempt to perform CPR before the appalling way George was inhumanely hoisted onto the guerny without being uncuffed first?
Every Police Officer and Medical attendent is responsible for this mans death, its absolutely shocking!!
George Floyd was murdered and every person responsible needs to be held accountable and punished, it’s a case of humanity at its sickening worst

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Dan Mcpeake May 29, 2020 at 7:47 am

ems volunteer to assist the victims,they don’t have to,here in my country the paramedics are spat on,assaulted,beaten,all for trying to help the victims,the last thing they need is for the cops to pound on them as well,the cops were in charge,keep your anger focused on them.

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Debbie Davis May 28, 2020 at 10:17 am

I saw the life leave his body and yet he still held him down with his knee until paramedics arrived. Every last one of them needs to be arrested because their actions caused his death by standing by and not doing one thing. Awful

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Dan Mcpeake May 29, 2020 at 7:49 am

OMG YOU WERE THERE AND DID NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!YOU SHOULD BE CHARGED FOR NOT ASSISTING,YOU WATCHED HIM DIE,WHY DIDNT YOU BEAT THE COPS WITH YOUR HANDBAG?

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Sally Aversa May 28, 2020 at 11:29 am

Sanity, justice and humanity has spoken in the face of a beastly murder with equally beast like complicity.

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Wanda May 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm

But is wasnt just 1 cop…only 1 did the actual deed BUT he may have not been successful if his fellow workers didnt support it. In LAW, these 3 officers are know as accomplices! They TOO, should be held accountable in a court of law!

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Carolyn J. Hood May 28, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Murder, is Murder . . .

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Traci May 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Who called the paramedics? And even when they arrived, they took their time to help the lifeless man. The evil officer” was still chocking the casualty until paramedics Where ready to take him away!!!! It’s religiously sad ☹️ am lost for words, he died in pain and might have been innocent with a fake 20 dollars

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Denton Patterson May 28, 2020 at 8:02 pm

I believe they need to go to the court houses and the Attorney General’s office and raise hell there as I’ve been fighting for my daughter that is an African-American for almost 3 years and the courts doesn’t care from another state they allow a white woman to come still a black man’s baby and what’s even worse is they do not even acknowledge one another judge informs them that the child is mine they do not care as I raise my other two children I sit back and be apart of races as the judge uses his own personal preference I travel out of Kane County Illinois so to my fellow Americans I say take it to the courts to the jails and to the police departments and then to the Attorney General’s office until they hear us all because it won’t change with just one person it needs to change for all of us and then after that I said take it to the highway and shut it down godspeed and God bless America

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Janet May 28, 2020 at 9:03 pm

All the officers should be held accountable beings they did nothing to stop the one for killing the man. To me they should be charged with accessory to it. They just stood there and allowed him to kill that man . It was quite obvious he wS dead when the paramedic felt for a pulse and did not start cpr. He was already deceased. Here in Illinois officers have gotten by with killing people. The sherif’s dept hit my daughter and killed her best friend and got by with it. Its sad. They are to protect not kill

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Margaret May 29, 2020 at 10:06 am

If this cop has 18 previous convictions why was he still wearing the badge,us in Ireland are appauled a young man was taken in such a manner,George was litterly executed in daylight without any car from USA police department.
The 4 police officers deserve the death penalty nothing less.
In the officers background I research he is a racist its TIME TO WAKE UP COLOUR IS NOT A CRIME SHAME ON THE MET POLICE FOR ARRESTING THEM FOR MURDER 😡
#IRELANDWANTSJUTICEFORGEORGE

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Margaret May 29, 2020 at 10:08 am

I meant they they should be arrested and charged with murder
Shame on you no cop acts in the cruelty that them 4 did

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Jena Fech May 29, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Imagine being pressed down onto concrete with a solid 200 lbs sitting directly on your neck. This man begged for his life. This grown man asked for his mom, for water, for mercy once he realized he was slowly being killed. His nose bled and he lost control of his bladder. Yet he remained trapped under the weight of the officer’s knee. In handcuffs crying because he could not breathe. Onlookers tried to intervene only to be threatened with pepper spray. Then he lost consciousness. The weight of that knee stayed firm while a first responder demanded they check for a pulse. They refused. The weight stayed on his neck. Off duty medical personnel begged for the officer to get up. We watched a man being killed. For 10 agonizing minutes. Imagine dying that way.
His name is George Floyd. I understand people will dig through everything he’s done wrong in his life. I understand that people will roll their eyes at this. We will see his mug shot and he will become a villain. There is no crime that justifies this punishment. Whether he has a criminal history or mental health issues, there is no justification for this death.
The cop should be charged with murder

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Benjamin Garlee May 30, 2020 at 7:20 am

The police officers killed George Floyd intentionally, and for the fact that after handcuffing him ,one of them provided security by preventing by standers from coming closer. The other two helped to pinned him down while one of tne of on his neck locked his breath. This went on for nine whole minutes!
An intentional act is murder and not manslaughter.

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