The US President, Donald Trump, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a middle-aged black man, George Floyd, on Wednesday.
The 45th US president described Floyd’s death as “very sad and tragic” while commiserating with his family on the loss.
The POTUS, who ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice to expedite the probe, vowed that justice would be served on the matter.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.
“I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” Trump tweeted.
Video [posted on social media showed that Floyd died shortly after four police officers assaulted him in Minneapolis, a city in Minnesota.
One of the officers was seen in a video kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed.
“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded, slowly grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car”.
He was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.
After dismissing the four officers involved, Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, expressed outrage as calls rose for them to be prosecuted for murder.