Relatives of an African-American Minnesota man who died while in police custody have called for action after watching a video of a skirmish with a white police officer kneeling on his neck at the time.
A Video interview with TMX.newsThe shooting of four Minneapolis police officers in connection with this incident with George Floyd is not enough, Shared Tate and Thera Brown said.
“My initial answer, I mean, this is just the beginning. It’s definitely not enough, ”Tate said. “It gives me great joy to not always see what happened. Everyone can see clearly. That’s why they killed our cousin.”
All four officers were fired on Tuesday following the uproar over Floyd’s death. A video captured by a bystander was later shared on social media, before Floyd lost consciousness and an officer tied Floyd to the floor with his knee on top of his neck.
Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! ”The audience gathered, and the Minneapolis Police Department announced shortly afterward that he had died of a“ medical incident ”.
“It is unbelievable, unbelievable to see someone suffer as much as they did, and to ask so many people to let him live,” Brown said.
Tate said he saw the video on it before he found out that Floyd was there.
“I thought how devastating it would be for a family that had lost such a family member. Everyone could see it clearly. Then five minutes later I got a phone call, and it made me realize that it was really my relative,” she said.
Both women described Floyd as “a cousin who loved everyone.” Tate also thanked the audience who asked the officer to remove the knee from Floyd’s neck.
“I can’t thank them enough,” he said. “We always see this kind of thing. We wonder what we would do if we were put in that position, and I can be grateful that there were people who advocated for him. I’m still grateful for that person. Who was there with the camera to catch it.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday that he was fired after concerned officers were initially placed on paid leave. The FBI and the Minnesota Criminal Intelligence Bureau (BCA) are investigating Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, told DMXNews that the officer shown in the video must be charged with murder with a knee to Floyd’s neck and should be charged with collusion with other officers.
“They need to protect and serve citizens like George,” Crump said. “We are in a black America. We are dying in the hands of the people who need to protect and serve us.”
Floyd’s death is compared to that of Eric Garner, an African-American man who was brought to death by an illegal sockholder during a 2014 conversation with New York City police. A video repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe” as the Corner was breathing on the floor.
The phrase later became an outcry for police-accountability advocates and civil rights groups.
“In many ways this is worse than Eric Garner, because they’ve got a knee to their neck. He’s begging and begging, not for a minute … but for eight minutes let him breathe,” Crump said. “Can’t breathe again in 2020.”