George Floyd protests spread despite USA curfews

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

The show of force in Minneapolis came after three days when police largely avoided engaging protesters, and after the state poured in more than 4,000 National Guard troops to the city and said the number would soon rise to almost 11,000.

Hundreds of people protested in London and Berlin on Sunday in solidarity with demonstrations in the United States over the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

Police, state troopers and National Guard members moved in soon after an 8 pm curfew took effect to break up protests, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to clear streets outside a police precinct and elsewhere. Matters escalated when some demonstrated broke into the police vehicle and stole rifles.

The demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

National Guard units also were mobilized by the governors of Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Protests have also flared in Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Dallas.

US President Donald Trump appeared to cheer on the tougher tactics used against protesters on Saturday night, commending the National Guard deployment in Minneapolis as he declared: "No games!", and saying police in New York City "must be allowed to do their job!".

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Police officers detain a man outside a vandalised shop in San Francisco’s Union Square

All four Minneapolis officers were fired. Floyd died after Chauvin kneeled on his neck during an arrest on Monday.

Mr. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and is facing more than 12 years in prison if convicted.

Anger stoked by Floyd's death was widespread. Another state TV message accused US police agencies in Washington of "setting fire to cars and attacking protesters", without offering any evidence.

At a late-night news conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested protesters were to blame.

In almost every instance of tensions flaring up between protesters and police, whether bottles were thrown or people were getting too close to the officers, other protesters would shout to remind people that it was a nonviolent protest.

Officers sprayed crowds with pepper spray, and bystander video captured a police cruiser ramming into a crowd of demonstrators, knocking several to the ground, after people surrounded the vehicle and threw objects at it.

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She added, "It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own". Right now it's George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. "It just goes on, and on, and on".

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