“I can’t breathe”: Black man dies after agent kneeling on his neck

Shocking images from Minneapolis, USA: a black man died after a cop held him with his knee clamped to the ground for minutes. The victim stammered several times that he was no longer able to breathe, but the police had no ear for that. He would die shortly after being taken unconscious in an ambulance.

The pitiful scene took place on the street last night. Two officers received a call about a suspicious situation and went to have a look. “We found the man, who was probably under the influence, in the car,” said a police statement.

“When he got out, he resisted. The police officers handcuffed him. Because he seemed medically ill, an ambulance was called.”

However, the heart of the matter was modestly kept silent—video images taken by a passer-by show how the black man is clamped to the ground for minutes.

The agent impacts his knee on the neck of the suspect until he finally gives no sign of life.

“Do not kill me”

However, the victim had indicated several times that he was breathless. “Please, I can’t breathe,” he moaned several times. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need water, please. Do not kill me.”

“I can’t breathe”: Black man dies after agent kneeling on his neck

Passers-by also interfered with the situation. A woman noted that the handcuffed suspect had a nosebleed. Others pointed to the fact that far too much violence was used.

“You already control him, and he doesn’t even resist. At least let him breathe. He is also human. Your body language betrays that you enjoy this too much,” it sounds, among other things.

In the end, the officer was also told: “he killed that guy.” The FBI is now going to investigate the matter further.

“Failed Dramatically”

Mayor Jacob Frey condemns the agents’ crackdown. Being black in America should not be tantamount to capital punishment. For five minutes, we watched a white cop press his knee to a black man’s neck.

“I can’t breathe”: Black man dies after agent kneeling on his neck

“Five minutes! This agent failed dramatically on a human level. Only one conclusion can be drawn: this man should never have died.”

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