The Minneapolis Police Department has fired four police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, including the one who had pinned Floyd to the pavement by placing his knee on Floyd's neck, despite the man's pleas for help.
Video of the tragic incident, which reveals a handcuffed and subdued Floyd repeatedly stating "I can't breathe," and "don't kill me," before ultimately falling silent amid protests of bystanders, was posted online and caused an immediate, national outrage.
An apparently unconscious Floyd was loaded into an ambulance before later dying at the hospital.
Initially, the four officers were placed on administrative leave before being fired later in the day, a move that pleased Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who had been outspoken about his anger over the incident.
Speaking at an earlier press conference, Frey expressed sadness over the death of Floyd, which had been originally labeled the result of a "medical incident."
"For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes," Frey said. "When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened ... was simply awful."
Though weapons were not used in the incident, witnesses say the officer on top of Floyd pressed the victim's face to the ground so forcefully that his nose was bleeding. As the scene unfolded, video reveals a number of bystanders begging the officers to get off Floyd's neck, screaming, "He's not moving!"
The FBI is investigating the incident.