Not long after police were slow to act in the brutal killing of Ahmaud Arbery, shocking new footage has emerged of a man suffocating while being arrested in Minnesota.

As people pleaded with the white officer to stop placing pressure on his neck, George Floyd was being arrested outside a grocery store for allegedly trying to pass a forged check.

Police also believe Floyd was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and resisted officers. The disturbing footage shows that he is unable to breathe, before passing away after being taken to hospital.

He can be repeatedly heard saying, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

Popular Bible teacher and author Beth Moore tweeted in response to the killing, stating, “Fellow whites who want Black Americans & PoC to receive equal justice & for egregious white supremacy to be dismantled, speak up. Don’t be fragile. You know what’s right. Expect:

“You’re causing division!” Eye roll. “What about abortion??” I’m pro-ALL-life, conception to coffin.

In supporting both black people and those willing to stand up to authorities, she also commented, “What I’m trying to say to you is this: be brave. This is about human decency. Dignity. Fairness. Rightness. JUSTICE. Toughen up and accept you’re going to be disliked for something. Make it something that counts. Let’s be the generation the intimidators can’t silence or tire out.”

Four police officers have been fired and his death is being investigated by the FBI. His death is drawing comparison to Eric Garner, who was killed after being put into a chokehold. Garner’s infamous pleas of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality.

In an iPhone and social media age, incidents like both that of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery no longer allow authorities to get away with justice not being served.

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I’m calling all men and women to speak out in regard to this outrageously evil behavior that happened to our brother & fellow human being in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week by the authorities. I know a lot of great men and women who serve in police forces across the country, when they put on that badge, and strap that gun on their waist, they are committed to serve and protect. They are great men and women and deserve our deepest respect and admiration! However, when this responsibility is abused it is diabolical and dangerous and a criminal offense to the highest degree. I’m very pleased that the police chief and the mayor of Minneapolis immediately released the officers involved. It is my hopes that the authorities of Minnesota will handle this as a criminal/manslaughter/murder case. Now for the rest of us, we all must remember no matter what the color of our skin – our ethnic background, we are human beings created in the image of God. He loves each and everyone of us so deeply that He gave Jesus Christ, His only Son to die for us, so we could be delivered from destructive behavior of all sorts – so we could have the nature and character of God – so that we could love human beings as He does. There is no partiality with God, and we should treat human beings without any partiality. Please pray that the people who hold places of authority in our nation, whether national, state, or local fulfill their role as God‘s servants (see Romans 13:1-5). My deepest compassion is extended to the family of this victim and to the entire black race. “Father, please use us, Your children, as a vessel of Your love and compassion for all my black brothers and sisters!”

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The Ahmaud Arbery incidence showed just how passionate the public is about justice, with over 1.6 million people signing a petition for his killers to be arrested. A father and son have since been arrested and charged with murder, including the man who took the video footage.

Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets of Minnesota to protest Monday’s death.

“Murder charges are not going to stick,” said one protester at Tuesday’s demonstration. “They pulled that trick on us too many times. We want these people to be prosecuted for manslaughter, because them charges are going to stick. And that sentence is going to be long, still.

“This man can serve 15 years in prison, and still get out and still be able to continue life. It’s going to be hard, but he still can breathe. He can still talk to his family. George can’t. So some change needs to happen.”

Image courtesy Offices of Ben Crump Law

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