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UPDATED: Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

UPDATED: Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man Photo: WDIO/MGN

Associated Press contributed to this report
Updated: May 26, 2020 03:32 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday. The firings come a day after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the terminations on Twitter, and said the firings were the “right call.”

Monday's death of George Floyd was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities.

It drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold. 

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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody after video from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck. Authorities are investigating the man's death from what police are calling "medical distress" after Minneapolis police placed him in handcuffs.

According to KSTP.com, the incident happened just after 8 p.m. Monday in the area of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South. Police said a call to 911 was placed for a man who attempted to forge a check. 

The 911 caller also reportedly mentioned the suspect was still in a nearby parking lot and seemed to be under the influence.

"He was ordered to step from the car … after he got out he physically resisted officers … officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and the officers noticed the male was going into medical distress," Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said.

At that point, officers said an ambulance was called.

The man, who police say is in his 40s, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he later died. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to release the man's name once an autopsy is complete and family has been notified.

Police said no weapons were used and body cameras were activated. The names of the officers involved will be released once interviews with incident participants and witnesses have taken place, the BCA stated.

A bystander shot video of the incident that was shared online.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey apologized to the black community in a post on his Facebook page, saying “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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