George Floyd death during police arrest sparks violent protests in Minneapolis

4 US cops sacked after black man George Floyd dies in Minneapolis as one of them kneels on his neck

Unarmed Black Man Dies in Custody After Minneapolis Policeman Kneels on His Neck

Protesters began gathering in the early afternoon near the city's 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of the city where 46-year-old George Floyd died on Monday after an officer knelt on his neck until he became unresponsive.

The protests escalated rapidly Wednesday night as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators from rooftops and hurled tear gas into crowds as buildings were set ablaze, rocks were hurled at the windows of the Third Precinct building, and stores were ransacked. He spent his final seven minutes on Earth pinned to the ground by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who held his knee down on Floyd's neck until he went limp.

The officer ignores Floyd's cry for help even after he appears to lose consciousness, keeping his knee on the victim's neck for almost five minutes.

On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said it would make a charging decision after the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conclude their investigations. "If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now", Mr Frey said. "This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning on a non-violent charge", Crump said.

A auto burns near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The four officers involved were fired yesterday (May 26) after the incident which saw the main officer in question kneeling on his neck for several minutes.

The Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx were among the pro sports teams who issued statements on Floyd's death.

Mr Floyd's death comes on the heels of two other deaths of African-Americans that involved police wrongdoing. He was taken to hospital where he was later declared dead.

Eventually, the crew located an officer who stated that medics had loaded Floyd into an ambulance and relocated from the scene.

"George Floyd deserves justice".

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A police statement said: "Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress".

He said Floyd "may not have even known that the bill was counterfeit". "Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?", Mayor Frey said during a news briefing.

Abumayyaleh was not at work the day of the incident but said Floyd was a regular at his store and he never had an issue with him in the past.

Jamar Nelson, a longtime community activist in Minneapolis, described the relationship between the police and the city's black community as fractured, The New York Times reported.

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Footage of the killing circulated the internet, galvanising Black communities across the United States and sparking fierce protests in Minneapolis.

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