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A video taken Memorial Day shows a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a patrol car. The man, identified as George Floyd, later died.
Tuesday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced that four officers involved were no longer with the department. Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted, "Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated. This is the right call."
A department statement said officers were responding to a "forgery in progress." "Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence," the statement said. "Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40's, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.
"After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance," according to the statement. The man died soon after, the MPD statement said,. "At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. … Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident."
Arradondo said at a press conference Tuesday that the FBI will lead the investigation into the incident due to the possible civil rights violation.
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