Minneapolis burns as George Floyd death protests continue

Friday, May 29, 2020

Unrest continues in the US after three days of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

Demonstrations first erupted on Tuesday, after footage was widely circulated showing a handcuffed Mr Floyd pleading for air as Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck in Minnesota on Monday.

Outraged Americans took to the streets in Minneapolis and more than 500 soldiers from the US National Guard have been deployed across the city.

A police station was torched and live-streamed video showed protesters entering as where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran.

President Donald Trump has been accused of “glorifying violence” by Twitter after he denounced the protesters as “thugs” and warned that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.

And this morning the Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew as they reported the events, handcuffing reporter Omar Jimenez and leading him away live on air. The crew was released later today.

Meanwhile, at least seven people have been shot in Louisville, Kentucky as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March.

Louisville Metro Police confirmed there were at least seven shooting victims, at least one of whom is in a critical condition. Several arrests have been made.

Police in body armour and face shields also reportedly fired rubber bullets and deploy tear gas canisters against crowds around Louisville City Hall.

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