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Officer puts knee on protester’s neck, fellow officer physically removes it

'Get your f*cking knee off his neck.'

Jun 1, 2020, 12:20 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan

On the fifth night of protests in response to the death of George Floyd, a video has emerged of an officer using the same tactic used on Floyd on a protester: a knee to the neck.

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In the video, an officer, alleged to be with the Seattle Police Department, puts his knee on a protester’s neck during an arrest outside of a T-Mobile store that was being looted. After people verbally protest what they are seeing, a fellow officer physically lifts the officer’s knee off the protester. He had his knee on the protester’s neck for about 15 seconds.

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The video was posted to Twitter Saturday night by journalist Matt McKnight.

In it, protesters can be heard shouting, “Get your f*cking knee off his neck” and “Get your knee off his neck.” But the officer doesn’t listen. That’s when the other officer looks up at those shouting and then pushes the knee away.

Derek Chauvin, who was an officer at the time, put his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes in a similar manner. Floyd told the officer “I can’t breathe” and became unresponsive six minutes in. Floyd was later pronounced dead. Chauvin has since been charged with murder.

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*First Published: May 31, 2020, 12:06 pm