|The video, horrifying to many, showed an African American man pleading that he couldn’t breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who is white, said the firings were the “right call.” “Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” he added. Floyd’s death is under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities in a process likely to take months.
The video starts with the shirtless man on the ground, and doesn’t show what happened in the moments prior. An officer is kneeling on his neck, ignoring his pleas. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,” said Floyd, who has his face against the pavement.
The case drew immediate comparisons to that of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold.