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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the 4 Minneapolis officers concerned in the dying of George Floyd, saying this “horrifying” state of affairs can not occur once more. 

“I watched that video and my heart broke. It was … I could not believe the officer’s lack of concern, and it was horrifying, and it just can’t go on this way,” de Blasio stated at a information briefing on Friday.

Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck throughout an arrest whereas ignoring Floyd’s pleas for assist. A video that captured Floyd gasping and saying “I can’t breathe” set off a nationwide outcry and led to violent protests in Minneapolis. The officers concerned in the confrontation had been fired, however no expenses have been filed. 

On Thursday, de Blasio stated in a tweet that Floyd was murdered and would nonetheless be alive if he had been white.

De Blasio obtained some backlash on social media after urging that felony expenses be filed instantly towards the police officers. The New York Police Department has additionally come below scrutiny for cases of police brutality. The officer who utilized the deadly chokehold on Eric Garner in New York City in 2014 throughout de Blasio’s first yr in workplace was faraway from his job solely 5 years later.

On Garner’s dying, de Blasio stated he is been “really clear about the fact we made a mistake, I made a mistake in believing the U.S. Department of Justice would do its job, and I will be very blunt and clear about that. When the city took over there was due process, there was a trial, our police commissioner made a decision, it was the right decision.”

“The thing I feel very clearly in retrospect is we should’ve ignored the Department of Justice because what they did was unconscionable in not acting and just moved ahead and that’s what we’ll do from now on absolutely,” he stated.

When requested whether or not Garner could be alive at the moment if he had been white, de Blasio stated, “absolutely.”

Correction: This article was revised to recast the circumstances surrounding the Eric Garner case.