Minneapolis, hundreds on the street after the death of the African American attacked by the policemen
George whispers: I can’t breathe. And then: you are killing me. The Minneapolis Police Department fired the four agents involved in the affair. The mayor, Democrat Jacob Fray, immediately took sides with Floyd’s family and demanded that justice be done. The FBI investigates. But all this was not enough to appease the anger of a part of the citizens. With the word of mouth on social media, on Monday afternoon a small crowd formed in the place where Floyd’s car had just been removed. The images above all show young people, many whites. Someone started pulling pieces of asphalt towards the cordon of the agents deployed in an anti-riot attitude. The police responded with foaming agents. For now there are no people seriously injured. The clashes continued until late at night. High tension in the city. The police command, this time, moved promptly, censoring the agents’ behavior. At the moment no precise criminal charges have been made yet. But they will come. The ten minutes of the video broadcast on social media and on TV are eloquent.
Today the CNN sent other sequences. Two policemen are seen stopping Floyd’s SUV traveling with another person. At first the Police Department had made it known that the driver seemed to be driving in altered conditions. It is the formula used when alcohol or drug abuse is suspected. Difficult to understand from the clip. It is clear, however, that there was no scuffle, as was said at the beginning. George, who worked as a security officer in a restaurant, is dropped and handcuffed. At that point the men in uniform lose their heads. The suspect is made to lie on his stomach. A policeman presses his knee to the neck. And, hands in pockets, it doesn’t move even if George complains convulsively: I don’t breathe, give me a drink, water please, you’re killing me. When the ambulance arrives, the unconscious man seems to have a drool in his mouth and perhaps he is no longer breathing. A scene reminiscent of the killing of another African American, Eric Garner on 11 July 2014 in Staten Island (New York) and his invocation repeated eleven times: I don’t breathe.
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