Mississippi mayor defends cops who killed George Floyd: ‘If you can talk, you can breathe’

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) – A Mississippi mayor is facing criticism for comments he made on social media following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.

A video of Floyd, a black man, yelling “I can’t breathe” repeatedly while a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with a knee on Floyd’s neck circulated online Tuesday, prompting outrage, protests and an investigation by the FBI.

Here are some of Petal mayor Hal Marx’s twitter posts, some of which he has since deleted.

In this last one, the Petal City leaders disassociate with Mayor Hal Marx and throw him under the bus.

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I did a little research about this “if you can talk, you can breathe” business. While I didn’t find a proof positive article, there was this:

Police Departments: educate police officers that “If you can speak, you can breathe” is a myth.

The Pernicious Myth Of “If You Can Speak You Can Breathe” 

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