George Floyd: As heated protests continue, Minnesota governor warns of ‘extremely dangerous situation’
The protests, which started on Wednesday, were initially peaceful but have become “extremely dangerous,” according to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
Police created a barrier outside the police compound that the demonstrators were targeting, smashing its windows by throwing objects, including bottles of water. Authorities responded by firing tear gas.
“We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we must not endanger others during this pandemic,” the statement said. “We will demand and ultimately impose lasting change by bringing to light horrible and unacceptable treatment and obtaining justice.”
Mayor of Minneapolis charges fees
Frey declined to say what the officer should be charged with, and said his knowledge was “limited to the video evidence that is there” about Floyd, a black man. He said he made his views known to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, whose office would be able to file a complaint against the state.
“George Floyd deserves justice. His family deserves justice. The black community deserves justice, and our city deserves justice,” said Frey.
No charges have been laid in the case.
Kelly said he would not be issuing a statement on behalf of Chauvin yet.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo declined to discuss the death of Floyd on Wednesday, but said the actions of the former police “in no way reflect the values, vision and culture” that he wanted to change within the police department.
Officers should be charged with murder, family say
Floyd worked security at Conga Latin Bistro in Minneapolis for five years, according to its owner, Jovanni Thunstrom.
Floyd’s family members remembered him as a man who “wouldn’t hurt anyone”. The family wants the four officers to be charged with murder.
“I can not breathe”
Floyd was arrested on Monday evening after officers answered a call regarding an allegation of ongoing forgery.
Police learned that the suspect was seated in a blue car, according to Minneapolis police, and found Floyd inside a car when they arrived.
Police said he “resisted physically” after getting out of the vehicle. The police handcuffed Floyd, who police said “appeared to be in medical distress”.
A video of passersby shows Floyd handcuffed and Chauvin with his knee pressed against the 46-year-old man’s neck. Two police officers manipulated the man on the ground while another stood nearby, eyes on passers-by, while traffic was passing.
“Please, I can’t breathe,” said Floyd. “… my stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.”
At one point, the Floyd said, “Give me some water or something. Please. Please.”
A surveillance video obtained from a nearby restaurant showed the first point of contact the police had with the man. An officer escorts Floyd handcuffed to a car and Floyd sits on the sidewalk. Moments later, the officer and another Floyd escort walk away, still with their hands behind their backs.
In a statement released on Tuesday, police said additional information had been “made available” and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had joined the investigation.
FBI division in Minneapolis said federal investigation into Floyd’s death will focus on whether police “deliberately deprived (Floyd) of a right or privilege protected by the state or state laws -United.
Officers’ attorneys represented other Minnesota officers in high-profile deaths
The Minneapolis Federation of Police Officers said on Tuesday that the four officers were cooperating in an investigation and urged “now is not the time to rush (judgment)” while the officers’ actions are under review.
At least three of the dismissed officers are represented by lawyers who previously represented other police officers involved in high-profile assassinations in Minnesota.
Gray, like Kelly, had represented Yanez.
Floyd’s death ‘it’s like already seen’
“It’s hard enough for us to get to the anniversary of my son’s death, and now hearing about this young man is like we’ve seen it before,” Carr told CNN. “It’s like the murder of my son. He was about the same age as Eric.”
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Melissa Alonso, Josh Campbell, Mirna Alsharif, Sara Sidner and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.