A black man has died after an officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, knelt on his neck during the arrest.
The fatal incident was caught on camera and shared online. The footage has since sparked media and national outrage.
A bystander, Darnella Frazier, posted the disturbing footage showing the man groaning on the ground.
The handcuffed man also kept telling the Minneapolis officer he couldn't 'breath.'
However, the officer continuously knelt on the man by the neck, despite his plea.
Bystanders condemned the cops for using excessive force. One of the witnesses pointed out that the officer was 'stopping his breathing.'
On the viral footage, Floyd pleaded to the officers:
"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. [I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer...I can't breathe."
At the time, one of the officers told onlookers:
"This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
One person responded:
"This ain't about drugs, bro! He's human."
Another onlooker continually urged the officer to check the man's pulse. A few minutes later, the man stopped moving and became unresponsive.
Later, an ambulance arrived and took Floyd to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died.
Sharing, the footage on Facebook, Frazier wrote:
"They killed him right in front of cup foods over the south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy. #PoliceBrutality."
Speaking about the brutal incident, journalist Gayle King also said:
"It feels to me like an open season and that sometimes it's not a safe place to be in this country for black men."
In a statement, Minneapolis police said the officers in the video were responding to a report of a 'forgery:'
"Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence."
"Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car."
"After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance."
However, CCTV footage from the scene revealed the Floyd didn't resist arrest, contrary to what officers reported.
Following his death, protesters have flocked to various states in the US. People are demanding 'justice' for the 'killing of an unarmed man,' Washington Post reported.
Thousands have since been protesting over Floyd's death.
What started as peaceful demonstrations turned into violence and riots in a matter of days!
The police department later fired the officers involved.
The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested the cop who kneeled on the man, charging him with murder.
Protests and human rights activists are still demanding that investigators charge the other officers involved in the horrifying encounter.