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Alberta man on trial for assault accuses Mounties of excessive force during arrest at Winnipeg airport

Ten months before George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, crying "I can’t breathe," those same words rang out at James Richardson International Airport as Nathan Lasuik lay helpless on the ground, his neck pinned under the knee of a Winnipeg Mountie, a court has heard.
Nathan Lasuik is arrested by RCMP at James Richardson International Airport April 1, 2019. (Submitted by Winnipeg Free Press)

Ten months before George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, crying "I can't breathe," those same words rang out at James Richardson International Airport as Nathan Lasuik lay helpless on the ground, his neck pinned under the knee of a Winnipeg Mountie, a court has heard.

"I was pleading for air, for somebody to get off me and for somebody to film this," Lasuik, 44, testified last week. "I was fearful I was going to die. It felt like it was forever I was being choked out for."

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