African Americans hadn’t stopped grieving over the assassination of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia when a video surfaced out of Minnesota, showing a police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a subdued George Floyd.
The horrifying video spread quickly on social media, showing the officer driving his knee into Floyd’s neck as Floyd repeatedly says he can’t breathe.
It was reminiscent of Eric Garner of Staten Island, NY, who was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer.
After a public outcry, with thousands of protesters lining the streets of Minneapolis demanding justice, the four police officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired.
According to an analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers, about 1 in 1,000 Black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, the Times reported.