Across the US, hundreds are taking part in protests and riots over the death of an African-American man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. On Friday, thousands gathered outside the White House as a dozen secret service agents lined the barricades, in the hopes of justice for George Floyd.
During the angry protests, President Donald Trump remained in the White House as demonstrators outside wielded their signs which showed statements such as ‘Stop Killing Us’, as they call for justice for George Floyd.
The African-American man died on Monday after a white police officer pressed his knee down on his neck for several minutes, ignoring George Floyd’s desperate pleas. He has since been charged with third-degree murder. However, people want more to be done.
For the third night in Minneapolis, protests broke out and soon, they began across New York, Atlanta Detriot, Las Vegas, San Jose and Memphis.
Further anger has been caused by the President’s tweets about the Minneapolis protesters, as he labelled them “thugs” and his earlier comments have been said to have had racist undertones.
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In the tweet, he wrote “When the looting starts, the shooting starts”, which Twitter later branded as a violation of the site’s rules as it was “glorifying violence”.
Later on, he tried to explain that his tweets had been misconstrued. He said that what he meant to say was when people begin to loot, it can lead to people getting shot and killed.
Shots have been fired at law enforcement officers near the Fifth Precinct during the operation. No troopers or officers have been injured. Leave the area or you will be arrested. #MACCMN
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A person has already been killed in downtown Detriot as someone in an SUV began to fire shots in the crowd who were protesting George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis custody, according to a Detriot police spokeswoman on Saturday.
At approximately 11:30 pm, the shooting took place nearby Detriot’s Greektown entertainment district, where officers were confronted by protesters, said Sergeant Nicole Kirkwood. Apparently, an officer wasn’t involved in the shooting.
The victim is said to be a 19-year-old man who was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The police spokeswoman said that a suspect pulled up in a Dodge Durango and fired shots into the crowd.
As American cities are in a state of unrest, the Pentagon has the made the rare order of sending the army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready in Minneapolis.
It was said to be a much more peaceful protest initially, with the mood calmer in Minneapolis as demonstrators of various ages gathered at the site of George Floyd’s death, where he was pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin.
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A large image of Mr Floyd was surrounded by signs that stated ‘Rest in Power’, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Stop Killing Black People’, alongside dozens of flowers.
Whilst community organisers handed out free bottles of water, hot dogs were being sold and a local artist even played music. Later on, many businesses began to board up as a wave of anger erupted. Many businesses stuck signs to their doors saying ‘Black Owned Business’ or ‘Black Lives Matter’, urging troublemakers to leave their properties alone.
A man – who did not want to be named – informed The Telegraph that he hoped those protesting and riot would help bring the attention to polices’ use of brutality.
He said: “We’re making a difference, we’re bringing in a new horizon.”
On Friday, Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
According to a CNN report, Derek Chauvin’s wife Kellie Chauvin has had her attorney file for a dissolution of marriage.
Sekula Family Law Office made a statement: “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family.
“She is devastated by Mr Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy.
“She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin.”