The incident is said to have taken place on the night of December 4 at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, which has come to be known as George Floyd's Square.
Trigger warning: Police brutality, Race-motivated violence
A shocking video making the rounds of the internet now shows what appears to be a uniformed White Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the back of a Black man at the same location where George Floyd was brutally killed by officer Derek Chauvin in May. The clip, which seems to have been captured on a cellphone by a passerby, was uploaded to YouTube by On Site Public Media last Tuesday. According to the description of the clip, the incident is said to have taken place on the night of December 4 at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, which has come to be known as George Floyd's Square.
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS COP?— Twin Cities Workers Defense Alliance (@TC_WDA) December 10, 2020
He covered his badge to enter George Floyd Square, right before he attacked, injured, and kneeled on the back of a Black community member. pic.twitter.com/2Kk5XcvVc7
"Officers arrived with 12 squad cars and over 20 officers," to apprehend one person for a non-violent offense, claimed the post. However, a Minneapolis police spokesperson told Daily Mail on Monday that the officers were responding to a carjacking at the time. "They then antagonized the community, pointing pepper spray at the crowd, cursing at innocent bystanders, and physically assaulting a Black man who did nothing but stand and observe," the video description alleged.
Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in American history. Millions of people poured into the streets to protest this summer following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks. https://t.co/m07pOB0VDO pic.twitter.com/gHOLt3tHJn— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 9, 2020
The disturbing video begins with a shot of an officer physically restraining a man lying on the ground while a small group of bystanders looked on. Meanwhile, another cop points his finger at a Black man in the group standing nearby and approached him even as some bystanders protest. He grabs a hold of the man and tackles him to the ground, allegedly dislocating his shoulder in the process. The officer then pins the man down by driving his knee into his back, as someone in the crowd cries out that "he didn't do anything." The one-minute-long video concludes with a close-up shot of the arresting officer as the video description sought netizens' help to identify him.
In the photograph, the cop appears to wear an American flag featuring the pro-police "thin blue line" while having covered his badge number with black tape. Although the spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the incident to the publication in an emailed statement, they refused to give many details concerning the incident. "On the evening of December 4th at 7:45 pm, Minneapolis Police responded to an armed carjacking," wrote John Elder, director of public information for the police. "The suspects fled into that area of 38th and Chicago. Officers encountered individuals and force was used. That use of force is under review by the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR)."
Elder cited the ongoing review for not being able to provide specifics about the incident. However, several netizens reportedly claimed to have identified the officer in the video as Kyle Mader. A follow-up video from On Site Public Media claimed that Mader has racked up seven complaints during his two years on the force, three of which were still under review. The other four are said to have been closed without resulting in any disciplinary measures. Meanwhile, a photo posted to the Minneapolis Police Department's Facebook page in June 2019, reportedly showed Mader receiving the Lifesaving Award.
Floyd was killed on May 25 at the same intersection as this incident when Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes despite his pleas of not being able to breathe. His death sparked protests across the nation and beyond, sparking a worldwide reckoning on race in every aspect of life. Chauvin is charged with unintentional second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter while the other three officers present at the time, Thomas Lane, J Kueng, and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting both counts.