George Floyd was heard saying he couldn’t breathe as he was pinned to the ground (Image: Darnella Frazier/Facebook/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock)
Minneapolis Police Department have released a statement claiming that George “physically resisted officers” after being ordered to exit his car, before “suffering medical distress”.
But the clip appears to show him complying and not resisting as two officers pull him from his car and cuff him.
Many people, including Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, are calling for prosecutors to file criminal charges against the officer who pinned George.
The four involved in the apprehension, were dismissed from the police force on Tuesday, the day after the deadly incident unfolded in Minnesota’s largest city.
The city identified them on Wednesday. They are Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng, and Derek Chauvin, 44, who was seen kneeling on George’s neck.
Celebrities are lending their voices to George and demanding justice.
Snoop Dogg shared a collage of images, with two showing the calm arrests of white mass shooting suspects, and two showing the brutal arrests of black men, including George.
The rapper wrote: “So nice to the (white ). Mass shoootin suspects minutes after they killed 32 people combined But we die on the spot change gone come f**k marching and. Talking we done talking”
Jamie Foxx re-shared Snoop’s image.
The actor penned: “Do we need any more proof that if you are a man of color when it comes to Police procedure we are at a deadly disadvantage?… No need to sugarcoat it… Two white men carry out mass murders that kill over 32 people… One of the mass murderers sat down in the church with the black members and then proceeded to kill them and was calmly taken into custody… #whydotheyhateus”
Actress Vanessa Hudgens shared an illustration of George with “Justice for George” written above his head.
She posted: “I’ve cried so many times today. Watching George Floyd executed when he wasn’t even resisting arrest… My heart aches so badly. I am so appalled and angry this s**t is still happening. We are all human and deserve to be treated that way. My heart n soul go out to his family and friends who lost him too soon. Giving you all the biggest virtual bear hug.”
Kris Jenner shared a quote that read “Please, I can’t breath”, something that George was heard saying while the police officer kneeled on his neck.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star added: “Sickening and heartbreaking My heart is so heavy thinking about this tragedy, and the family and friends of George Floyd. We must speak up and fight together against racism, brutality, inhumanity, injustice.”
Her daughter Kim Kardashian shared an illustration of George and a quote of him saying he couldn’t breathe.
She added the hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd and a broken heart emoji
Rapper Cardi B shared a picture of George, writing: “Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free !”