On Wednesday, May 27, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey demanded that the county prosecutor arrest the officer seen on video pinning George Floyd to the ground and press charges against him during a press conference.
“There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions just like this one that would give you about a thousand reasons not to do something, not to speak out, not to act so quickly, and I’ve wrestled with that more than anything else over the last 36 hours, with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey said. “If you had done it or I had done it we would be behind bars right now and I cannot come up with an answer to that question.”
On Tuesday morning, video captured by a bystander of the incident was posted on social media. The clip showed George Floyd pinned to the ground by a police officer who had their knee on his neck. Floyd could be heard repeating, “I cannot breathe.” He passed away later that night.
The officers involved in Floyd’s death have been indentified as Derek Chauvin (whose knee was on Floyd’s neck), Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday afternoon.
By Tuesday evening, protesters banned together to call for arrests to be made and justice to be served for George Floyd.