A black man suspected of forgery died during an arrest Monday at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis Monday.
The man was on the ground, on his stomach, hands handcuffed behind his back, wedged against the tire of the patrol car, with a police officer kneeling on his neck, according to the blog News Day. “I can’t breath,” the man told police.
The Minneapolis Police said the man, thought to be in his 40s, resisted arrest. They are referring to the man’s death as a “medical incident.”
There’s a protest scheduled at 5 p.m. today at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis. People are asked to wear masks. Organizers plan to chalk off 6-foot spacing marks for social distancing.
[Update: The city of Minneapolis has fired four officers involved in this incident. Star Tribune story here. Washington Post story here.]
People at the scene repeatedly asked the officer to let the man breath. One bystander recorded the event. Warning: It is disturbing to watch.
The Minneapolis Police Department issued the following statement: “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.”
The FBI has been called in to investigate.
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A ‘medical incident,’ smh this was murder. All one can hope is that his family can receive justice, it won’t bring him back, though. These officers took his life like it was nothing. They would have taken more care with a stray dog. And all because someone at the store thought MAYBE they’d been given a counterfeit bill, and even if it was, maybe it was passed to him first. Nevertheless, none of that should carry a death sentence.