Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 26, 2020 / 12:00 pm
The Minnesota Catholic Conference on Tuesday called the death of a black man while he was in police custody a "tragedy," and welcomed an investigation.
A video circulated online on Tuesday of a May 25 arrest in Minneapolis. In the video an officer with the Minneapolis Police Department can be seen kneeling on the neck of a man laying on the street as he is taken into custody. The man was later identified as George Floyd.
"I cannot breathe," Floyd said multiple times, groaning as the knee of a police officer was on his neck. A second police officer stood by watching.
The video appears to skip several minutes to a later shot, where Floyd's eyes appear closed and onlookers exclaim that he was not moving and shouted at the officers to "get off of his neck."