Minneapolis mayor demands arrest of the officer who killed a handcuffed black man
The recent use of excessive force by one of the Minneapolis police officers led to the death of 40-year-old George Floyd. Now the mayor of the city demands justice because four officers received paid leave instead of imprisonment.
Mayor Jacob Frey during a press conference on Wednesday asked a number of exciting questions and demanded adequate action by law enforcement.
"I have wrestled with—more than anything else over the last 36 hours— one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail," Frey said to reporters. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. George Floyd deserves justice. His family deserves justice, the black community deserves justice, and our city deserves justice."
The shocking murder of Floyd was captured on video and posted on Facebook. Later, the officer who kneeled the breathing passages of the victim was identified as Derek Chauvin.
Allegedly, George Floyd was drunk during the arrest and resisted according to police reports. After watching the video, Mayor Jacob Frey came to the conclusion that the brutality with which the police officers acted was absolutely excessive and unnecessary.
"We watched for five whole excruciating minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed black man," Frey said. "I saw no threat. I saw nothing that signaled that this kind of force was necessary."
The resonant murder of an African American by the hands of a white officer infuriated hundreds of people who took to the streets and clashed in a battle with law enforcement. According to eyewitnesses, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds of aggressive Protestants.
Mass skirmishes with police in Minneapolis spread to Los Angeles. A video from a local supermarket shows how dozens of people loot, attack police cars, and burning shops.