DETROIT – Detroit Police Chief James Craig will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon to address the Minneapolis Police Department’s handling of the death of George Floyd.
Craig will be joined by Deputy Chief Todd Bettison Reverend Dr., Wendell Anthony President of NCAAP Detroit Branch, Terferi Brent Community Organizer, and Negus Vu from the Peoples Action.
I add to the chorus of support for the swift and courageous actions by Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo in the dismissals of the four involved officers involved in this horrific and senseless death of George Floyd. Preservation of trust in our communities is always a key mandate https://t.co/T1oHrWEjiE— James E. Craig (@ChiefJECraigDPD) May 28, 2020
On Monday night, an employee at a Minneapolis grocery store called police after Floyd allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
In widely circulated cellphone video of the subsequent arrest, Floyd, who was black, can be seen on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back while Officer Derek Chauvin presses him to the pavement with his knee on Floyd’s neck. The video shows Chauvin, who is white, holding Floyd down for minutes as Floyd complains he can’t breathe. The video ends with paramedics lifting a limp Floyd onto a stretcher and placing him in an ambulance.
Police say Floyd was resisting arrest, but Chauvin’s lawyer has declined to comment and the other officers have not been publicly identified.