Two Missouri university students withdraw over video appearing to mock George Floyd's death

Two Missouri university students withdraw over video appearing to mock George Floyd's death

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Two incoming students at Missouri public universities have withdrawn from their schools after a video they were involved in appeared to mock the death of George Floyd. And in a separate incident, the private Marquette University in Wisconsin rescinded an admission offer to a student over social media comments that compared a police officer's kneeling on Floyd to athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. In the video by the Missouri students, one girl who is held down on a couch by another girl laughs and says, "I can't breathe." Both girls appear to be white. Floyd, who was black, died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody after officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. In a video, Floyd says as he is pinned down, "Please, please, please. I can't breathe." Chauvin, who is white, was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter. One of the girls in the social media video was going to attend the University of Missouri and the other Missouri State University. In posts addressing the video, the schools said the students decided to withdraw. "Given the similarity to the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the video is both shocking and disturbing," said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri System, in an email to the campus community. The university, which was roiled by its own racial protests in ...
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