NYC protest over Minneapolis man's death in police custody

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

The protests in Minneapolis were sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was filmed crying out for help as Chauvin, who is white, pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck.

Protests have erupted in other cities over Floyd's death. The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed that "protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires", and all of the precinct's staff was evacuated.

Widely shared video of the incident shows a white police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, with the handcuffed victim telling the police officer he can not breathe.

Earlier on Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called for an end to the violent protests that have rocked Minneapolis and said the state's National Guard would work to restore order following three nights of arson, looting and vandalism.

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Frey's emergency declaration will stay in place for 72 hours and allows officials to deploy emergency regulations with immediate effect. Local news channel ABC said someone threw a trash can to police and another tried to grab an officers' gun, while NBC reported that a protester punched an officer in the face.

Things turned ugly in the Big Apple as protesters and NYPD officers clashed in Manhattan, New York City.

Prosecutors have warned there is "evidence that does not support criminal charges" in the case of four cops accused of killing George Floyd, as they say police can use a "certain amount of force - but not excessive".

Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

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