A video has appeared online that shows a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man until the man dies.
The FBI are investigating the death of George Floyd, who can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” repeatedly as the officer kneels on him.
The officers were called to an incident in which Floyd was “sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence”.
According to police, Floyd physically resisted officers after being ordered to step away from the vehicle.
A statement read, “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.”
The video, filmed by a nearby witness, clearly shows Floyd saying “Don’t kill me” at one point, while other witnesses urge the officer to take his knee off Floyd’s neck.
Floyd later appears motionless before being loaded into an ambulance. Two of the officers involved have since been put on paid administrative leave as the FBI is now investigating the case.
After the video emerged, police said in a statement: “As additional information has been made available, it has been determined that the Federal Bureau of Investigations will be a part of this investigation.”