A video taken by an onlooker earlier this week has caused a massive uproar around the country after a Minneapolis police officer was shown with his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car. The man, who was later identified as George Floyd, later died.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced that four officers involved have since been fired, with Mayor Jacob Frey tweeting, “Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated. This is the right call.”
It was a moment that has caused people to riot in the streets and fight with police in response. Many athletes have taken to social media to speak out in solidarity with the thousands of people who are outraged and want justice.
Michael Portis Jr. may have been upset about the situation, but he elected to look at a differently by stating that not only does the George family deserve prayers, but the officers involved as well.
“As much as you pray for George family, gotta also pray for the police officer(s) who were involved in this evil. As hard as it is, pray for them instead of hate them…Pray that God changes their hearts.”
Social media wasn’t feeling this at all.
A police statement said officers were responding to a “forgery in progress.” “Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence,” the statement said. “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,” according to the statement.
The statement added: “At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident. … Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident.”