Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police used tear gas sprays. PHOTO: Reuters
A Reuters team was wounded, protesters – killed, nearly 1,700 were arrested
A curfew has been imposed in 25 cities in 16 US states over riots following the death of an unarmed black man by police, CNN reported. In Minneapolis, where the incident with 46-year-old George Floyd took place, the National Guard was activated for the first time since World War II. The Pentagon has also announced that several military units are on standby and will be deployed as needed.
Riots erupted after a video of Floyd’s arrest by four law enforcement officers hit social media. One of them pressed his knee to the ground and the detainee was heard repeating: I can’t breathe. A little later, the black man dies.
Floyd’s last phrase became the motto of the protests, which continued for the fifth consecutive night. Gradually, the violence escalated to more than 30 cities in various states, including in front of the White House in Washington. The demonstrators want criminal charges to be brought against all 4 police officers involved in the arrest. The one pressuring Floyd has already been charged with third-degree murder.
In Indianapolis, one was killed and three wounded during the riots. According to CBS, nearly 1,700 people were arrested. A Reuters television operator and an accompanying media consultant on security issues were injured during protests in Minneapolis, USA. Footage taken by cameraman Julio Cesar Chavez shows that a police officer fired directly at him and he
was struck by
Counselor Rodney Stewart was similarly injured. The two members of the Reuters television crew sought refuge at a nearby gas station. They have wounds on their hands and Chavez in the back of the head and under the eye.
In many towns, protests have degenerated into smashing shop windows and looting shops, setting cars and buildings on fire. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets.
In New York alone, more than 20 police cars were set on fire. A video showed a police van crashing into the crowd. In Chicago, insurgents threw improvised explosive devices and bottles of water and urine.
US President Donald Trump has accused left-wing radical anarchists of violence and threatened to stop it.
George Floyd’s death on the streets of Minneapolis is a tragic tragedy, but
his memory is
rioters, looters and anarchists, the president at the Kennedy Space Center said after watching the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.
Earlier, the head of state said on the occasion of the protesters in front of the White House in Washington that if they break through the fence, they will be met by the worst dogs and the most terrible weapons.