Tensions continue to increase in Minneapolis, where a police station burned down on Thursday. It is the third night of riots in this city in the northern United States, where an African-American died as a result of his violent arrest.
Protesters were allowed to dry a Minneapolis police station in the northern United States on Thursday, May 28, during the third night of police clashes. This violence follows the death of an African American, George Floyd, because of his violent arrest.
Thousands of people witnessed the fire in the northern parts of the city after some of them broke down barriers protecting the building and smashed its windows.
The police had abandoned the scene according to the police. “Shortly after 10 p.m., Minneapolis police station 3 evacuated, to protect our staff,” police said in a press release.
The protests had previously been mostly peaceful, with crowds containing human chains in uniform. But there were clashes with the looting of about thirty stores and fires and the use of tear gas by the police at the police station, where the police officers involved worked.
The parade began in the late afternoon, with many protesters wearing a mask to protect themselves against coronavirus, while police reported damage and theft in neighboring Saint Paul. “We know there’s a lot of anger. We know there’s a lot of damage. But we can’t tolerate some people using it as an opportunity to commit crime,” lamented the police chief of this city, ToddAxtel.
Minnesota State Governor TimWalza signed a decree to approve the intervention of the National Guard. Two hundred state police as well as helicopters will also be sent. “George Floyd’s death must give justice and fundamental reforms, not more deaths and destruction,” he said in a statement.
“Obnoxious, tragic,” says Donald Trump
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died on Monday night just after he was arrested by police, who suspected he wanted to forge a counterfeit $ 20 bill. During the intervention, he was tackled to the ground by an officer who held his knee to his neck for long minutes. “I can’t breathe anymore,” we hear him say on a recording of the scene, which has gone viral.
President Donald Trump “was upset when he saw the video” of this “disgusting, tragic” drama, spokesman KayleighMcEnany said. “He immediately took his phone” to make sure the FBI investigation was going fast, she continued, “He wants justice done.”
The four agents involved were dismissed and the local and federal authorities investigate the tragedy. But no accusations have been made yet, causing anger and frustration.
“These police officers must be arrested immediately,” PhiloniseFloyd told CNN, demanding, between two screams, the death penalty for those responsible for his brother’s death.
“Everyone is suffering, that’s why everything happens. I’m tired of seeing black men die,” he added. “I would like them [les manifestants] be peaceful but I can’t force them, it’s hard. “
A series of dramas
Like him, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights linked a series of other tragedies, which have reinvigorated race years in the United States.
“This is the latest in a long line of murders of unarmed African Americans by US police” and ordinary citizens, Michelle Bachelet said in a statement. “The US authorities need to take serious action to put an end to these murders and to ensure that justice is done as they happen.”
The case is particularly reminiscent of the death of EricGarner, a black man who died in 2014 in New York after being assaulted during his arrest by white police officers. He also said at the time “I can’t breathe”, a phrase that has become a shouting cry from the Black LivesMatter movement (“Black’s life counts”).
Minnesota was also marked by the death of 2016 by a black motorist, PhilandoCastile, shot to death during a day-to-day police check in front of his partner and a young girl.
Serra Jesse Jackson, who arrived in Minneapolis, demanded further protests. He condemned a “lynching in daylight” and demanded justice. “We told the governor that murder must be called murder,” he told members of a Baptist church.
Minneapolis Police Chief MedariaArradondo acknowledged on Thursday that there was “a lack of hope” in his city and that his team had contributed to it.
While ensuring respect for residents’ right to show and express their pain, he added that he “would not approve of any criminal act” that would likely aggravate the population.
On Wednesday in Minneapolis, a man died after being shot near the protests and a suspect was arrested.
Protesters in Los Angeles briefly blocked a freeway on Wednesday and smashed the windows of two police vehicles.