The cause of death for George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was brutally pinned to the ground by police in Minneapolis, has finally been revealed following days of protests and outrage.
George Floydâs cause of death has been shared with the public.
The unarmed Black Minneapolis man, who was pinned down by police during an arrest, died of âasphyxiation from sustained pressure,â according to attorneyÂ Ben CrumpÂ in a statement made toÂ CNN.
An independent autopsy revealed that he was essentially âdead on the sceneâ on May 25, Crump shared with the outlet.
âThe ambulance was his hearse,â the familyâs attorney told reporters on June 1.
In the disturbing footage taken by Minneapolis citizens, George could be heard breathlessly pleading with law enforcement, âplease, please I canât breathe.â
The unarmed Black man was pinned down by his neck, with a white officer on top of him, forcing his knee down on George.
âMy stomach hurtsâŚmy neck hurts,â George could be heard saying in the witnessâs clip.
Following the horrific scene, George became unconscious and was taken by stretcher to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. on May 25.
The four officers responsible have since been âterminatedâ by the Minneapolis Police Department.
On May 29, OfficerÂ Derek ChauvinÂ was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
In the days following Georgeâs death, protests broke out across Minneapolis and took a violent turn.
A police precinct in the city was set ablaze, a number of demonstrators were seen taking items from a local Target, and aÂ CNNÂ crew reporting from the site of protests on May 29 was arrested during their on-air reporting.
CorrespondentÂ Omar JiminezÂ was among theÂ CNNÂ crew that was arrested.
They were released one hour after being taken into custody.
Public figures and celebrities alike also took to their respective social media accounts to voice their outrage over the loss of Georgeâs life and the lack of action from the Minneapolis police department.
âThen, if we donât, it goes unnoticed.
Iâm ready when yâall isâŚ IT wonât STOP UNTIL WE STOP IT‼️ #ByAnyMeans #LongLiveGeorgeFloyd #USorELSEâÂ LeBron James, an outspoken critic of police brutality, wrote on social media.
The basketball player also posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt withÂ Eric Garnerâs last words (âI canât breatheâ) on May 27, a day after he posted a side-by-side image of a kneelingÂ Colin KapernickÂ opposite the MPD officer seen pressing his knee onto George Floydâs neck.
âDo you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??â LeBronâs caption read.
Not three ,not five but almost 15 minutes of a cop knees on a mans neck while handcuffed😒😒😒Itâs so sickening.Things have to change !!
â iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 27, 2020
Stars and public figures like presumptive Democratic Presidential NomineeÂ Joe Biden,Â Zoe Kravitz, Eva Longoria, Jamie Lee Curtis, Madonna, Penelope Cruz, Cardi B, PharrellÂ Williams,Â T.I.,Â Halle Berry, andÂ Jessica AlbaÂ also posted a picture of George Floyd to their respective Instagram accounts.
Many of the posts featured Georgeâs dying words: âPlease, I canât breathe. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. Theyâre going to kill me.â
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