George Floyd Was Arrested In Minneapolis
"THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD, 46, FROM MINNESOTA SPARKED PROTESTS THROUGHOUT AMERICA, WITH DEMONSTRATORS CALLING FOR AN END TO POLICE VIOLENCE".
The 46 Years Old from Minnesota died after being arrested by police on May 25, 2020. One officer has since been charged with murder-here's everything we know.
Who Was George Floyd ?
George Floyd was a 46 years old Minneapolis resident who worked as a security guard at a Latin American restaurant called the Conga Latin Bistro in the city.
Floyd has worked at the restaurant for five years and rented a home from the restaurant's owner, Jovanni Thunstrom.
Conga customer Jessi Zendejas said in a Facebook post that the security guard "loved his hugs from his regulars."
"He would be mad if you didn't stop to greet him because he honestly loved seeing everyone and watching everyone have fun," Zendejas wrote on social media.
A former classmate of Mr Floyd said that he earned the nickname "gentle giant" while at highschool, while he was known to loved ones as "Big Floyd".
The dad-of-one had a six-year-old daughter, Gianna, who lives with her mum in Houston.
Why Was George Floyd Arrested In Minneapolis ?
On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was involved in an incident with the Minneapolis Police Department.
That day officers responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed My Floyd had used a forged cheque.
In a statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department, the officers were responding to a report of a "forgery in progress".
What Happened To George Floyd ?
After My Floyd was located near his car by police they said "physically resisted officers" while possibly under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
Footage of the incident posted to social media, shows Mr Floyd groaning and saying repeatedly "I can't breathe" to the police officer kneeling on his neck.
The officer had his other knee on Mr Floyd's back, near where his hands were handcuffed.
In the footage, Mr Floyd can also be heard saying "Don't kill me!" before he becomes motionless with his eyes closed.
The video was even seen by the Floyd family, who said they were watching it before realising it was their cousin.
A Preliminary autospy report revealed that violence police restraint combined with "underlying health conditions" contributed to George Floyd's death.
Who Are Derek Chauvin And Tou Thao ?
Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao are two of the four Minnesota Police Officers who were involved in the George Floyd incident.
Officer Chauvin was filmed in the now-viral video kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck for eight minutes before he lost consciousness.
He was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case, which sparked protests across the US and fires and looting in Minneaspolis.
An attorney for Floyd's family welcomed the arrest, but said he expected a more serious murder charge and wanted all the officers arrested.
Hennepin Country Attorney Mike Freeman said more charges were possible.
Chauvin's wife, Kellie Chauvin, has since filed for a divorce.
Officer Tou Thao can be seen to the right of Mr Floyd in the video, speaking with onlookers who are filming the incident.
Throughout the footage, Officer Thao continues to push onlookers away from the scene as they shout: "He isn't moving".
Minnesota Police said Mr Floyd died after a "medical incident" in a "police interaction".
On the afternoon of May 26, 2020, Mayor Jacob Frey confirmed the four officers involved in the incident had been "terminated".
At a press conference that day Mr Frey had described the incident as "completely ant utterly messed up".
He said" "I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level. Being black in America should not be a death sentence.
"For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes.
"This officer failed in the most basic human sense."
An investigation has been launched by the FBI and authorities in Minnesota.
@ Jackie San