On Thursday, May 28, Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo expressed his condolences following an incident involving four officers that resulted in the death of African American George Floyd.
A 46-year-old local man died on 25 May after a policeman threw him on the tarmac and kneeled his neck while in detention until he passed out. Floyd resisted, law enforcement officials said.
“I am very sorry for the pain, devastation, and trauma that Floyd’s family and loved ones have suffered because of his death. I know that there is a deficit of hope in our city at the moment, and I know that our department (police) contributed to that deficit overall,” CNN quoted him as saying.
On Wednesday, May 27, the Minneapolis Police Department fired four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. According to their testimonies, they intended to detain a citizen sitting in a car who was supposedly intoxicated, but he resisted.
However, witnesses to the incident circulated a video on the Web showing Floyd not resisting the police and being handcuffed, and repeatedly repeating during the use of asphyxiation that he had nothing to breathe and then stopped showing signs of life.
After that, U.S. President Donald Trump instructed the FBI and the Department of Justice to expedite an investigation into the tragic death of an African American. And the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey stressed that police officer Derek Chauven involved in the tragedy should be charged.