NEKIMA LEVY ARMSTRONG, 44
On the evening of May 25th, I remember being tagged in a Facebook post by a woman named Ashley Quinones, whose husband, Brian, had been killed by the Richfield police last year. She talked about how the Minneapolis police had crushed someone’s throat, or killed them somehow with a throattype injury. After I read the post, I started looking online to see if there had been any news stories, any news coverage around what happened—there was nothing. I then reached out to the chief of police to ask him if Minneapolis police had been involved in killing someone and he said he hadn’t been aware of anything like that. From his understanding, someone had died in police custody due to some kind of a medical issue. So I went on Facebook and said I’d talked to the chief: this is what he is saying has happened, according to what officers told him, and he has turned the case over to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. After that, another fellow activist went to the scene and started interviewing witnesses. And witnesses told him that the police caused George Floyd to die by, you know, having one cop have his knee on his neck, and then not listening to the bystanders telling them to stop, and then not listening to the man in question telling them that he couldn’t breathe. When I heard those accounts, I reached back out to the chief to say, “The witnesses are saying something different happened. Can you try to find some video of what happened so that you will know what happened?” Then, at that point, I went on social media and I let people know that a man had died in police custody. Within minutes of that, I was tagged in another Facebook post. This time it was a bystander video. And from my review of the bystander video, it was very clear that police had intentionally killed George Floyd.