Four officers suspected to have taken part in the arrest and eventual death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis on Monday evening have been fired.
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This was confirmed by the Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, who announced the sack in a tweet on Tuesday.
The Mayor described the action of the police officers as unacceptable and one lacking in the most basic human sense.
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The victim, George Floyd, who until his unfortunate death was said to be a suspect in a grocery store forgery before his arrest.
According to bystanders’ recording of the incident, Floyd was seen pleading with the police officer who had his handcuffed and with a knee to his neck that he was unable to breathe, a plea to which the officer ignored.
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In a facebook post over the sad incident, Mayor Frey wrote:”Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white police officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.”
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Meanwhile, the incident is already being investigated by the FBI and other law authorities, even as there was a clash between some black protesters and the Minneapolis police on Tuesday. The protesters had marched from the scene of the incident to the minneapolis police office before they were dispersed.