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Boston Police Commissioner Says George Floyd's Death Is A Teachable Moment For Police

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Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd should be held accountable for their actions.

George Floyd, a black man, was pulled from his car by four white officers. Video shows one of the officers kneeling on Floyd's neck. Floyd was taken to a hospital and died.

The Minneapolis officers have been fired. Gross says nowhere in any police manuals does it say to kneel on a suspect's neck to subdue him.

"In 21st century policing, you have to keep in mind de-escalation, right?" Gross said. "Procedural justice and fair and impartial policing, I don't think any of that was shown in Minneapolis and for those four officers, they should be held accountable."

Gross says departments should use this as a teachable moment — so that it's never repeated.

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