George Floyd’s brother has broken down moments after the Minneapolis police chief said he believes all four officers involved in the black man’s killing are complicit.
The brother of George Floyd has broken down moments after the Minneapolis police chief said he believes all four officers involved in the black man's killing are complicit through their inaction to save his life.
In an emotional and respectful response to questions posed directly to him from the Floyd family, Chief Medaria Arradondo stood in solidarity with them in his condemnation of the officers.
"Mr Floyd died in our hands and so I see that as being complicit," he told 9News affiliate CNN's Sara Sidner.
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"I don't see a level of distinction any different. Obviously the charging and those decisions will have to come through our country Attorney's office - certainly the FBI's investigating that.
"To the Floyd family, I want you to know that my decision to fire all four officers was not based on some sort of hierarchy.
"Silence and inaction, you're complicit. If there was one solitary voice that would have intervened... that's what I would have hoped for."
His comments come after no one intervened on Monday as the 46-year-old Floyd begged for his life while ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin remained kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd's death has sparked protests across the country, with thousands echoing some of the man's final words, "I can't breathe."
Some of those demonstrations were peaceful, while others ended in flames, widespread looting, damages and hundreds of arrests as well as injuries.
The violence isn't expected to subside any time soon with protesters predicting the riots will continue until all four officers are convicted
."People are still going to act out. People are still mad. People have to release their anger, you know. It is the people who are supposed to protect us that did this," one protestor said today.
The four police officers involved in his death were fired from the department a day after Floyd's death.
Chauvin was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Arradondo's response came after Floyd's brother, Philonise, asked the chief if he would work to get justice for Floyd. As the chief answered, Floyd's brother wept.
Arradondo called the killing a "violation of humanity," and said he didn't need any more time than what he had to remove the officers from their duties.
"There are absolute truths in life; we need air to breathe," the chief said.
"The killing of Mr. Floyd was an absolute truth that it was wrong."
"I did not need days or weeks or months or processes or bureaucracies to tell me what occurred out here last Monday was wrong."
Police chief wants to provide escort for Floyd's body
In a separate interview on Sunday night, another police chief, this time from Floyd's hometown, stood in solidarity.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told CNN he wants his department to provide escort services when George Floyd's body returns to the city for his burial.
"It's going to be a big deal for our city to bring him back home," Acevedo told CNN's Don Lemon.
"We want to make sure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe and most importantly, we want to make sure that the family knows that we are here for them to support at this time."
This is the first time, Acevedo said, that he's seen police union leaders speak out like this, and he says that gives him hope for change.
"I am just hopeful that we have reached a watershed moment here and we will see some meaningful reform in terms of the way that we deal with bad police officers and the way we deal with police officers involved in criminal conduct that completely undermines the good work of the vast majority of police officers," he said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/george-floyd-death-brother-breaks-down-minneapolis-police-chief-response-officers-complicit-protests-riots-usa/ee760ddf-ecb8-4603-860e-0088c3c129e8