A shocking video has emerged showing a white Minneapolis police officer pinning a black man to the ground with his knees moments before he loses consciousness and dies.
The disturbing footage was taken by a bystander in south Minneapolis on Monday, and has now sparked an FBI investigation into the man’s death.
The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man died in a statement later that night, saying officers had responded to a ‘forgery in progress.’
Police found the man, believed to be in his 40s, matching the suspect’s description in his car.
‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers,’ police spokesman John Elder said in a statement.
‘Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.’
The man, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later, police said.
Bystander Darnella Frazier shared a video of the incident on Facebook in which the man can be seen pinned to the ground for more than six minutes as he pleads with officers to let him go.
‘Please. Please, I can’t breathe,’ the man, who is shirtless, is heard begging cops.
‘My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.’
The arresting officer continues to kneel on the man’s neck for several minutes while he moans in pain.
Multiple witnesses are then heard arguing with the two arresting officers over their excessive use of force.
‘Bro, you’ve got him down at least let him breathe, man,’ one man says.
‘He’s not even resisting arrest … he’s human, bro.’
One of the officers then replies: ‘This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.’
‘This ain’t about drugs bro! He’s human,’ the bystander says.
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Source: Daily Mail