New video shows Minneapolis police arrest of George Floyd before death


In Minneapolis fallout from the death of the man in police custody this week continues a video that went viral shows a police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a man the man was face down on the street handcuffed he repeatedly told the officer he could not breathe protesters gathered last night and then again today to demand that officers arrested the mayor is now calling for the same thing NPR Cheryl Corley is following that she's here now hi Cheryl hi just give us the latest catch us up on what has happened today well we know that the the four officers were all fired the mayor has weighed in on this is is you mention and set on the statement on Twitter that being black in America shouldn't be a death sentence we also know that the FBI is conducting a federal civil rights investigation the state police are conducting one as well and as we know that that arrest was captured on video and we know how that brought this whole issue of police use of force into the public consciousness and and many folks just say that this death was similar to the twenty fourteen death of Eric garner who also said he couldn't breathe when he was detained by police yeah we should just lay out clearly the man in question the man who died George Floyd is blocked the police officers need you see on his neck is white so that's the underlying dynamic here the family of George Floyd and we mentioned that the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frye they are asking for criminal charges to be filed what do we know about that isn't likely well we've seen it happen in recent years we have seen police officers charged there was another case in Minnesota in twenty sixteen where an officer in the shooting death of Philando Casteel you may remember that one that was the school cafeteria supervisor of the officer was charged officer Janice he was acquitted in Chicago there was a police officer was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of laquan McDonald that also raised a lot of protest across the country the video was really crucial Mary Louise in both those cases and it may be here to if any charges are filed I talked to Chuck Wexler the head of the police executive research forum that's an organization that works to develop best practices for police department and he said he's seen that video you really ask yourself why does that officer has continued to keep his his knee on the individual snack I mean it's just it's just excruciating to watch after he says he can't read and I will also want to point out that there are about a thousand the fatal police involved deaths every year and and few of those officers are charged but it does happen he mentioned the case of Eric garner and I'm also thinking of Michael brown in Ferguson in twenty fourteen those staffs did lead to reforms just remind us what happened there what what we might be watching for here well in both of those cases we solve the department of justice get involved in in Ferguson in particular there was a consent decree and the the city and the police department had to make several changes M. what happens in a lot of these cases is that the most significant policy and reform is all about the use of force and we've seen that in several departments in the first issue the first issue they take as they say you know you have to believe in the sanctity of life when we are dealing with these cases and then the second reform is that they asked officers to intervene and that there must be a duty to intervene so those are probably the two biggest reforms that have come out of these

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