Black man arrested by officer who allegedly knelt on his neck appears in UK court

A man, allegedly detained by Metropolitan police officers kneeling on his neck, has appeared in court to deny charges of possessing a knife.

The lawyer for Marcus Coutain said his case “mirrors” what happened to George Floyd, whose death sparked protests around the world.

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In This Story: George Floyd

George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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