National outrage is growing after a video of a Minnesota officer suffocating a Black man by kneeling on his neck surfaced on the Internet Monday night (May 25).
The unarmed man, named George Floyd, told officers repeatedly that he could not breathe, and was ignored. Floyd went to Hennepin County Medical Center after falling unconscious. He died shortly after.
On Tuesday, the four officers involved in the incident were fired. "This is the right call," tweeted Mayor Jacob Frey in response to the action taken. On Friday (May 29), Derek Chauvin, the officer most clearly seen in witness videos pinning Floyd to the ground, was taken into custody and charged with murder and manslaughter.