The FBI and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension(BCA) are investigating after a Minnesota police officer was reportedly filmed Monday with his knee on an African American man’s neck for seven minutes shortly before the man’s death.
“After he got out [of the car], he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress,” police spokesman John Elder said Tuesday.
Elder went on to say that the restraint technique seen in the video wouldn’t constitute a department-approved chokehold.
While officials haven’t publicly named the officer involved in Monday’s incident, two sources who spoke with the Star Tribune identified him as Derek Chauvin.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo revealed that he requested the federal probe upon watching a bystander’s video and after receiving “additional information” about the incident which involved several officers. Arradondo said those officers have been relieved of duty.