USA: Protesters clash with police over George Floyd”s death in Minneapolis

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Published on May 27, 2020 by

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Police and protesters clashed in Minneapolis in the late hours of Tuesday over the death of George Floyd who was killed in an altercation with police officers on Monday.

Hundreds of protesters marched to Minneapolis Police station where officers involved in the incident worked to demand justice for a 46-year-old African American who died after one of the police officers knelt on his neck for over seven minutes as he was saying “I can’t breathe.”

Floyd died in hospital shortly after the encounter on Monday. Four officers involved in the incident were fired.

Protesters can be seen flooding the streets, blocking traffic, waving ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs and chanting ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’. Police responded with tear gas.

Floyd’s echoes the case of Eric Garner, who died by strangulation as the result of a chokehold by a police officer in New York City, in 2014. Garner could also be heard saying “I can’t breathe” in the video of the incident.

Garner’s case, along with many others, including Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson in 2014, and Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in 2013 by George Zimmerman, a private citizen who was acquitted on all charges, helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement, which calls attention to the deaths of unarmed African-American men and women, rarely resulting in criminal convictions.

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Violence has erupted across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody. The black man’s fatal arrest by a white police officer sparked outrage in a nation already grappling with record unemployment and the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll.

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