George Floyd, 46, who dies after Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck, would ‘be alive today if he were white,’ claims mayor

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Enterprise News and Pictures 28/5/20 Pic shows: George Floyd 46, who died on Monday in Minneapolis in police custody. Several videos showing his arrest have been posted online with another one showing him gasping for breath and saying his couldn't breath as police officer Derek Chavin knelt on his neck as he was pinned to the floor in th street during the arrest. Officer Chavin is seen and heard in that video ignoring onlookers pleas for him to stop kneeling on his neck because Mr Flord cannot breathe. Four police officers have been fired as a result of George Floyd's death in police custody. Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said on CBS this Thursday that "he'd be alive today if he were white," adding:"The facts that I've seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved. I don't know whether or not there's explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved - let's be very clear." Mr Floyd's death ignited a second evening of confrontation where protestors and police clashed in Minneapolis with tear gas used by police as protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti. There was also looting and vandalism, with some buildings close to the demonstrations being destroyed by fire. The city's mayor called for criminal charges to be brought against the policeman who was filmed pining Mr Floyd on the ground with a knee in his neck. Businesses were also looted. The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement. George Floyd is pictured here on an "open" Facebook page. See story...

George Floyd 46, who died on Monday in Minneapolis in police custody would “be alive today if he were white,” the major said today.

Several videos showing Mr Floyd’s arrest have been posted online with one showing him gasping for breath and saying he can’t breath as police officer Derek Chavin kneels on his neck, pinning him to the ground in the street.

Police officer Derek Chavin shown on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd

Officer Chavin is seen in the video footage appearing to ignore onlookers pleas for him to stop kneeling on his neck because Mr Floyd cannot breathe.

Four police officers have been fired as a result of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said today on CBS that “he’d be alive today if he were white,” adding:”The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.

“I don’t know whether or not there’s explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved – let’s be very clear.”

Mr Floyd’s death ignited a second evening of confrontation where protestors and police clashed in Minneapolis with tear gas used by police as protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti.

There was also looting and vandalism, with some buildings destroyed by fire near the demonstrations. Businesses were also looted.

George Floyd during his arrest

The city’s mayor called for criminal charges to be brought against the policeman who was filmed pining Mr Floyd on the ground with a knee in his neck.

The circumstances surrounding Mr Floyd’s death resemble those in the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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