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Man dies after arrest by police in Minneapolis, video shows him saying: 'I can't breathe'

Police say they were called to a forgery in progress.
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A man died in a hospital after going into medical distress while he was being arrested by Minneapolis police officers, one of whom had their knee on his neck for several minutes.

The incident was caught on video and shared on Facebook – which we won't post due to the distressing nature, but you can find it here. During the arrest, the African American man can be heard to say "I can't breathe," with bystanders telling officers the same.

He also said “My stomach hurt, my neck hurt, everything hurts," and asked for water.

The officer's knee is on his neck for around three-and-a-half minutes in the video, at which point it looks as though the man fell unconscious. He also appeared to be handcuffed while this was happening. He died later at HCMC.

The incident happened at 38th and Chicago in south Minneapolis just after 8 p.m. Monday.

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The Minnesota BCA and the FBI has been called in to investigate.

In a statement, Minneapolis PD said officers had been called to a report of a forgery in progress and arrived to find the man sitting on top of the car "and appeared to be under the influence."

"Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later."

Police say no weapons of any kind was used by anyone involved in the incident. Police also say bodycams were used.

Nekima Levy-Armstrong, the former president of the Minneapolis NAACP, said on Facebook: "He would still be alive had the police not been called."

A protest will be held at 5 p.m. at 38th and Chicago, with those attending urged to wear masks.

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