NFL News: Vikings release statement following death of George Floyd
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Vikings release statement following death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police

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George Floyd, a 46-year-old resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was killed by a police officer on Monday after being held down with a knee on his neck for several minutes. The victim was heard saying he “couldn’t breathe” prior to his death.

The killing occurred a short distance away from U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The team responded to the tragedy with a short statement on Wednesday evening:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium. Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd gamily and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy.”

This is a classy move by the Vikings, though no words will bring back the life that was snuffed out too early with a knee to the throat.

The four officers involved have been fired, but Derek Chauvin — the officer responsible for kneeling on the neck of Floyd — has already hired a lawyer to defend this heinous act.

George Floyd’s family believes all four officers that were involved should be charged with murder:

“They were supposed to be there to serve and to protect and I didn’t see a single one of them lift a finger to do anything to help while he was begging for his life. Not one of them tried to do anything to help him,” Tera Brown, Floyd’s cousin, told CNN’s Don Lemon.