Gayle King became visibly emotional during Tuesday morning’s episode of “CBS This Morning” during a segment in which the hosts were talking about two racially charged incidents from over Memorial Day Weekend.
In New York’s Central Park, a white woman called the police on a black man who asked her to put a leash on her dog, as is required by law.
And in Minneapolis, and unarmed black man named George Floyd died after police detained him by putting a knee in the back of his neck for several minutes.
“I am really, really speechless about what we’re seeing on television this morning,” King said. “It feels to me like open season … and that sometimes it’s not a safe place to be in this country for black men.
“A man is handcuffed underneath a car and people are pleading and we’re watching a man die. We go from that story now to this story where she falsely accuses a black man,” she continued.
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“As the daughter of a black man and the mother of a black man, this is really too much for me today. I’m still rattled by that last story,” King said, referencing the story of Floyd, who could be heard on video telling officers several times that he couldn’t breathe.
“She’s practically strangling her dog to make these false accusations against another black man,” King said emotionally about the woman — Amy Cooper — who was involved in the Central Park incident.
In 2014, Eric Garner’s last words whilst being strangled by members of the NYPD were “I can’t breathe.”
6 years later, in 2020, amidst an entire pandemic, #GeorgeFloyd tells Minneapolis Police “I can’t breathe.” before he dies.
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Police involved in the Floyd case claim he was resisting arrest and was intoxicated.
“After he got out, he physically resisted officers,” police spokesman John Elder told reporters. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.”
Lt. Bob Kroll, of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, also commented on the case.
“Now is not the time rush to judgement and immediately condemn our officers,” he said. “An in-depth investigation is underway. Our officers are fully cooperating. We must review all video. We must wait for the medical examiner’s report.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the video as well. “Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” he said, “What we saw is horrible, completely and utterly messed up.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minneapolis, is calling for the Department of Justice to investigate immediately.
“It is sickening to watch this black man be killed while helplessly begging for help,” she said in a statement.
Thread: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls the incident with a 40-something year old black man who died while under arrest “wrong on every level.” A FB video shows an MPD officer pinning the man down as he says he can’t breathe. “This does not reflect the values of MPD.” #wcco pic.twitter.com/f9T6mvMkPI
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