Minneapolis Man Dies after Pleading with Police that He Could Not Breathe

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Man in Minneapolis Dies after Complaining that He Could not Breath while Being Detained

A man died Monday night after he pleaded with Minneapolis police officers that he was unable to breathe while being detained.

Police officers said that shortly after 8 p.m., they responded to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a forgery in progress. When they arrived at the scene, they found a man believed to be in his 40s who appeared to be “under the influence” sitting in his car.

The officers ordered the man to get out of the car and handcuffed him. They noted that the man appeared to suffer from medical distress.

A video taken by a bystander showed one of the officers holding the man down on the ground, pressing his knee into the man’s neck as he repeatedly complained that he could not breathe.

The man eventually lost consciousness, but the officer continued to hold his knee to the back of his neck until an ambulance arrived.

The man was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

An investigation into the officer’s use of force in the incident was underway.