‘If you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing’: Mississippi mayor faces backlash over George Floyd comments

U.S. 2020/5/30

‘If you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing’: Mississippi mayor faces backlash over George Floyd comments

AP

A mayor in Mississippi is facing fierce backlash and calls to resign after saying that he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” about the death of George Floyd.

Mr Floyd, who was black, died while in police custody in Minneapolis after a white officer was filmed pinned him to the ground by his neck for a prolonged period of time.

Outrage over the 46-year-old´s death escalated when a video showing the incident unfold was posted online. In the footage, Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” to officers multiple times.

Hal Marx, the mayor of Petal, a city near Jackson, voiced his opinion on the incident on Twitter on Tuesday, saying he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” and “if you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing.”

“Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn’t show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified”, Mr Marx added.

Four police officers were fired on Tuesday in connection with the arrest. Derek Chauvin, the former officer who held Mr Floyd to the ground, was charged with third-degree murde

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