Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Four members of the Minneapolis Police Department have been fired over the death of George Floyd, who was filmed being pinned to the ground by his neck by a white police officer moments before he died in custody.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Tuesday announced that four officers involved in Monday’s incident are now ‘former employees’ of the force.
‘We know there are inherent dangers in the profession of policing but the vast majority of the work we do never require the use of force,’ Arradondo said.
The names of the four fired cops have not been released however, two officers seen in the video were identified by Floyd’s family’s lawyer as officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao.
The two were filmed in a video taken by a bystander on Monday which showed Floyd struggling to breathe on the ground as a white cop knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey responded to the four officers’ termination on Twitter saying the move was ‘the right call.’
It comes as the FBI and state law enforcement authorities announced they have launched an investigation into the man’s death.