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Police and protesters clash over fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Minneapolis police disperse protesters with tear gas
Minneapolis police disperse protesters with tear gas

MINNEAPOLIS – About 24 hours after George Floyd’s death, hundreds packed the streets of Minneapolis, many gathering at the intersection where Floyd was pinned to the ground by police officers shortly before he died.

Floyd was arrested Monday evening after officers responded to a call about an alleged forgery in progress. Video from bystanders shows Floyd handcuffed and pinned to the ground and one police officer’s knee pressing against his neck. Floyd pleaded he was in pain and couldn’t breathe. Shortly after, he died at a nearby hospital.

Four police officers involved in the incident were fired Tuesday, Minneapolis police said, but protesters said they still had a message to send to law enforcement.

“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us. This will not go on another day,” a protester told CNN affiliate WCCO.

When the crowd of protesters turned unruly, police sprayed tear gas to disperse the crowd, among other measures. Protesters retaliated.

A team of CNN journalists said, some demonstrators wheeled a shopping cart full of rocks just outside the precinct and dumped it on the ground for people to throw.

At least one police cruiser’s back window was shattered when someone threw something at it. Another had been spray painted.

The protest would eventually lead from the intersection where Floyd died to outside Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, where the now former police officers who were involved in the arrest, worked.

Aerial footage shows protesters in Minneapolis
Aerial footage shows protesters in Minneapolis

Protesters began chanting chanting “No justice, no peace,” and “I can’t breathe,” some of the last words George Floyd uttered. Elsewhere protesters blocked traffic. Some using their vehicles as a barricade object.

A spokesperson with Minneapolis Police Department said in at least one location, foam marking rounds were fired to disperse the crowd. No rubber bullets were used, according to the spokesperson.

As the crowds grew, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota did not encourage protesters to remain peaceful but reminded them to keep their distance to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


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