Riots and unrest hit the streets of Minneapolis after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was arrested and died in police custody on Tuesday in a hugely controversial incident that was capture on video. Now, it looks like President Donald Trump is trying to settle things down — and ensure justice will be served in the process.
According to the Daily Caller, Trump announced Wednesday that he had ordered the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into Floyd’s sudden death.
According to a report from NBC News, Floyd was initially arrested on suspicion of forgery. By most accounts, he did not resist arrest — though the police department involved has said otherwise.
From the footage that has been released so far, it appears Floyd was quickly handcuffed and placed in a seated position on the sidewalk. At one point, he was moved across the street, which is when a police officer put Floyd on the ground and used his knee to restrain Floyd by the neck.
While not all the footage has been publicly released, the redacted bodycam footage shared by MSNBC, as well as store surveillance footage, show no resistance at all to the officers, as reports note.
At one point in the video, Floyd can even be heard telling the officer he could not breathe, but the officer continued to keep his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Medics were called to the scene to treat Floyd, but they reported that he was an “unresponsive, pulseless male” at the scene, according to NBC Chicago.
Floyd was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a nearby hospital.
“Justice will be served!”
All four officers who were present at the scene have been fired, according to the Daily Caller, but the family and community and demanding more action be taken to account for the death of George Floyd.
In an effort to calm things down, President Trump has asked the feds to step in.
….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for charges to be pressed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck, as the Daily Caller reported.