Protesters in Minneapolis yesterday marched through the neighborhood to a police district in the city where the windows were damaged and the police squad cars were sprayed with graffiti. Riot police have launched tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators. “For five minutes we saw a white officer press his knee against the neck of a black man,” said Jacob Frey, mayor of Minneapolis. “For five minutes. This officer was wrong, in the most basic human sense. Floyd shouldn’t have died, ”said Frey, apologizing the city to the family and black community of Minneapolis.
Darnella Frazier, the woman who filmed the video of the police violence: «They were blocking him by the neck and he was crying. They didn’t take it seriously. The police killed him, brother, right in front of everyone. ”It is not the first time that such cases have taken place in recent years. In 2016, In Minnesota, after 32-year-old black Philando Castile, was killed by a policeman of Sant’Antonio during a road stop, vibrant protests of the black community broke out. Also that time the footage of the accident went viral online. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of South American descent, was acquitted of the second-degree manslaughter charge.
Democratic Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, has called for those responsible to pay for Floyd’s death, “yet another horrifying and shocking example of an African American man dying.” Paige Fernandez, an adviser to the American Civil Liberties Union, said the incident commemorated the death of Eric Garner in 2014 in New Yorkhe also repeated “I can’t breathe” several times after a police officer stopped him in a slum. Garner died during the arrest, the accident was also filmed on video.