Two officers located a male suspect, believed to be in his 40s, in his car. The suspect got out of his car following police orders and allegedly physically resisted officers.
When police got the man into handcuffs, they noticed the man was suffering "medical distress". The man was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.
No weapons were used during the arrest. Police were wearing body cameras that were on and activated during the arrest.
A video captured by Darnella Frazier shows a Minneapolis police officer's knee on the neck of the man who eventually becomes motionless. The man is heard throughout the video telling the officers that cannot breathe.
"For the better part of the night I have been trying to find the words to describe what happened and all I keep coming back to is that he should not have died. What we saw was horrible. Completely and utterly messed up. This man's life matters. He matters. He was someones son. Someones family member. Someones friend. He was a human being and his life mattered. Whatever the investigation reveals it does not change the simple truth that he should be with us this morning. I beleive what I saw and what I saw was wrong at every level. Being black in America should not be a death sentence."
Frey continued saying that this incident does not represent the values of the Minneapolis Police Department. The Mayor explained that this went against everything their officers were trained to do.
"When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th this last night is simply awful. It serves as a clear reminder of just how far we have to go. To the black community, to the family, I'm so sorry."