George Floyd Wiki – Biography
George Floyd the man has been identified. The officer seen in the video with his knee on Floyd has been identified as Officer Derek Chauvin. His partner, also seen in the video is Officer Tou Thao. Dramatic video has emerged in which a man is pinned on the ground by a Minneapolis police officer and repeatedly says he can’t breathe before he stops speaking and moving altogether. Police say he later died at the hospital.
BREAKING: A video shows a Minneapolis police officer pinning down a black man by the neck with his knee for several minutes as the man screams: "I can't breathe."pic.twitter.com/V9K3IU36ap
— Mukhtar M. Ibrahim (@mukhtaryare) May 26, 2020
George Floyd Age
George Floyd was 40 years old.
Cause of Death
Minneapolis Police released a statement saying the man, who was in his 40s, died following a medical incident, claiming he suffered medical distress during a police interaction. They did not immediately release his name or the names of the officers involved. But the officer has been identified by the Star Tribune as Chauvin and Thao.
The statement said officers were responding to reports of a forgery in process and that the man, who “appeared to be under the influence … physically resisted officers.”
“Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later,” according to the statement.
The statement confirmed that no weapons were used during the incident and no officers were injured.
Minneapolis Police say the FBI has now joined with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the incident.
Police were called to Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue, the Star Tribune reports, citing police scanner audio. The call was for someone trying to pay with a counterfeit bill there. According to the scanner audio, officers found a man matching the description of the suspect sitting on the hood of his car.
Statement by Minneapolis Mayor
News One reports that social media users “quickly accused the Minnesota Police Department of killing the suspect. Some said the suspect was suffocated. Others described it as being choked.”
The incident was live-streamed on Facebook. In the original video posted online, Facebook user Darnella Frazier says “they killed him right in front of cup foods over the south on 38th and Chicago! No type of sympathy. #POLICEBRUTALITY.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany, who has been posting regular updates following the event, said the bystander video “casts doubt on the police’s account and raises questions about whether their aggressive takedown led to the man’s death.” He reported that the officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a Tuesday morning press conference, calling it “simply awful” and saying “it was traumatic and it serves as a clear reminder of just how far we have to go.” Frey said:
“I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level. This does not reflect the values that Chief Arradondo has worked tirelessly to instill. It does not represent the training we’ve invested in or the measures we’ve taken to ensure accountability.
Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”