MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd did not have a pulse when he was put into the ambulance at the scene of his arrest Monday, states a report from the Minneapolis Fire Department.
Floyd was “unresponsive” and “pulseless” when Minneapolis medics arrived and put him into the ambulance, states a department document. Medics at the scene were told by bystanders that police “had killed the man.”
According to the original statement released by the Minneapolis police on the incident, Floyd died at the Hennepin County Medical Center after he was taken there by ambulance.
“I can’t breathe”
In a now viral-video of the incident that has sparked national calls for police reform, Floyd is heard telling officers, “I can’t breathe,” and asking for water. Bystanders told an officer who had his knee on the man’s neck — identified as Derek Chauvin by the Star Tribune — to get off of him. A second officer, identified as Tou Thao, ordered people to back away from the scene.
Two more officers — Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng — were involved in the arrest and all four cops have been fired. The video shows Floyd going silent and motionless while Chauvin continued to pin him down by the neck.
Minneapolis mayor calls on cop to be charged
In an unprecedented move, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Wednesday called for the “arresting officer,” Chauvin, to be charged.
“Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked at a news conference. Frey also asked for the police body camera footage to be released “as soon as possible” without hampering the investigation.
Frey said he has asked the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office file the charge. The mayor did not want to specify what the officer should be charged with, noting that more evidence will come up.
The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigating.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office released a statement on the incident Tuesday, saying that “at the end of the investigation, the findings will be presented to our office for consideration of prosecution. We promise a thorough, expedited review consistent with our on-going commitment to justice. Every person is entitled to fairness; no person stands above the law.”
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