FBI, BCA investigate man's death after incident in Minneapolis, video shows officer kneeling on neck



A man has died from what police are calling a "medical distress" after Minneapolis police placed him in handcuffs.

The incident happened just after 8 p.m. Monday in the area of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South. Police said a call to 911 was placed for a man who attempted to forge a check. 

The 911 caller also reportedly mentioned the suspect was still in a nearby parking lot and seemed to be under the influence.

"He was ordered to step from the car … after he got out he physically resisted officers … officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and the officers noticed the male was going into medical distress," Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said.

At that point, officers said an ambulance was called.

The man, who police say is in his 40s, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he later died. 

Police said no weapons were used and body cameras were activated.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has spoken with a woman who said she witnessed the incident. Darnella Frazier told us she recorded the incident from the moment the man was placed in handcuffs.

A clip of that video can be seen via the video player above. The video, which she posted on Facebook, has now received tens of thousands of views.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is working to independently confirm the video appearing to show the incident. In the video, a police officer can be seen with his knee on the man's neck. The man can be heard saying he can't breathe.

Frazier told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the man was not given aid until medics arrived on scene.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department to talk about the video. A police spokesman said the department does not comment on investigations that the BCA handles.

Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins released the following statement regarding the incident:

"My heart is breaking for the tragic loss of life last night near 38th and Chicago. Our community continues to be traumatized again, and again and again. We must demand answers, I have spoken with the Mayor and have a call in to the chief. I vow to be as transparent and forthright with the community. We were already in the midst of developing a summer safety strategy for this neighborhood but immediate action is required now. Currently the BCA is investigating. Please stay strong sisters and brothers, these are trying times."

A protest has also been scheduled for Tuesday, with organizers stating protesters will gather "to demand justice for the victim and his family."

During an appearance Tuesday morning, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was asked about whether he had seen witness video and his response to it.

"If you're sad, I get it, if you're angry, that makes complete sense, if you feel the need to protest, of course, we want to make sure people are able to express themselves," Frey said. He went on to say, "there is another danger out there right now, which is COVID-19," saying there is a "need to make sure everyone voicing their opinion is staying safe," and he asked those who might protest to social distance.

Also during the appearance Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed a question about the technique involving a knee an officer was seen to be using in the video.

"We clearly have policies in place regarding placing someone under control," Arradondo said, stating that taking a look at this incident and how those policies apply "will be part of the full investigation we'll do internally."

said, stating that taking a look at this incident and how those policies apply "will be part of the full investigation we'll do internally."

Frey also issued a statement on social media, saying, in part, "For the better part of the night, I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what happened. All I keep coming back to is this: this man should not have died." He goes on to state, "Whatever the investigation reveals, it does not change the simple truth, he should still be with us this morning. I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level. This does not reflect the values Chief Arradondo has worked tirelessly to fulfill."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar shared her thoughts on the matter Tuesday morning on Twitter.

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