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Reactions Flood Social Media After Death of George Floyd in Police Custody

Black Americans and concerned citizens have taken to Twitter to react to the murder of George floyd, an unarmed black man who was suffocated to death while being detained by police.

Reactions Flood Social Media After Death of George Floyd in Police Custody

The tragic incident occurred Monday in Minneapolis, after officers attempted to arrest Floyd on suspicion of forgery, police said in a statement. They were told the man, who has not been identified, was “sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence”.

After being ordered to step away from the vehicle, the man physically resisted officers, according to police. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,” the statement added.

In the 10-minute video filmed by a witness, the man is kept on the ground by the officer and, at one point, says: “Don’t kill me.”


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Witnesses urged the officer to take his knee off the man’s neck, noting that he was not moving. One says, “His nose is bleeding”, while another pleads, “Get off his neck.”
The man then appears motionless before he is put on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

The hashtags #BlackliveMatter, #georgeflyod and #icantbreath trended worldwide garnering more than 500k tweets in less than 12hours.

See some of the reaction below:

https://twitter.com/Vidi_LaVida/status/1265523019532906497

https://twitter.com/_gmutua/status/1265534411602366467

https://twitter.com/youngjoe452/status/1265549472450437121

https://twitter.com/Rebaone59275709/status/1265541187265613824

Meanwhile, The Four Minnesota police officers who murdered the black man have all been fired from the Minneapolis Police force.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the four officers were now “former employees”.

Footage shows the man, George Floyd, groaning and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” to the white officer.

The man then appears motionless before he is put on a stretcher and into an ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The FBI has said it will investigate the Minneapolis incident, which took place on Monday evening.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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