Full coverage: The nation reacts to George Floyd’s death
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)
A bystander’s video of George Floyd being restrained by an officer in Minneapolis on May 25 starts with Floyd on the ground. The officer is seen kneeling on his neck, ignoring his pleas. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,” said Floyd, who has his face against the pavement.
His death drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.
A Minnesota prosecutor charged Derek Chauvin, the white officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes in the video, with third-degree murder and manslaughter on May 29.