Demonstrations broke out in several major American cities on Friday night to protest the death of George Floyd, a black American who was killed by a white police officer during his Minneapolis arrest.
The protests are spread in the United States. After several nights of riots in Minneapolis due to the death of a black American earlier this week during his arrest in the city of Minnesota, demonstrations broke out in several major US cities, Friday, May 29, despite charges of murder of police arrested after several days of riot.
Hundreds of people gathered across the country, for example in front of the White House in Washington but also in New York with nearly a thousand protesters, Dallas, Denver, Houston, the victim’s city or hometown of Vegas, Des Moines, Memphis and Portland. In Atlanta, police patrol vehicles were burned. And in Louisville, Kentucky, conflicts occurred when residents sought justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by police in her apartment in March.
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A curfew has been in effect since Friday in Minneapolis, despite protesters being exposed to tear gas.
The family of 46-year-old George Floyd, whom President Donald Trump announced he had spoken to, hailed police arrest as a first step on the “road to justice”, but deemed it “late” and inadequate. “We want a charge of overwhelming intentional murder. And we want to see the other (implicated) agents arrested,” she said in a statement.
“We’re already dead, so we might as well die for a good cause, right?”
So far, only police officer Derek Chauvin has been “detained,” said Commissioner John Harrington of the Minnesota Department of Civil Protection. He is accused of committing a cruel and dangerous act that caused death and murder, said the prosecutor in Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located.
This agent’s face has been around the world, as a video that went viral shows him violently calling on Monday for a minor crime George Floyd and putting his knee on his neck. George Floyd prayed and complained, “I can’t breathe anymore,” we hear him say.
Derek Chauvin and the three other agents involved in the tragedy were dismissed and federal and local investigations opened to determine their responsibilities.
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The National Guard was also deployed to Minneapolis to try to restore calm and a curfew was dismissed from Friday night, from 8pm local to 6pm the next day, when a police station was set on fire the previous night and several companies plundered.
“We crashed for too long. We die, brother, with someone’s knee on our neck when we haven’t done anything (…). So it’s over, we’re tired” I mean, we’re already dead, so we can just as well happy to die for a good cause, right? ” Said a protester in Minneapolis who just wanted to be identified by his first name, Chicago.