Angry US protests for second night over police killing of black man
Minneapolis: Fires continued to burn and one person was dead in Minneapolis Thursday after a second night of angry protests over the police killing of an African American man while in custody.
Demonstrators clashed with police, looted stores and set fires to shops and a construction site overnight in the northern US city, and were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police seeking to limit the damage.
Media reports said the city was requesting National Guard troops as well as police from neighboring St. Paul to help keep the peace as more protests were planned Friday over the death of 46-year-old restaurant worker George Floyd, seen as the latest in a long series of unjustified police killings of African Americans.
A bystander video taken Monday showed a handcuffed Floyd gasping for breath as a policeman pressed his knee on his neck after detaining him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill in a purchase.
After at least five minutes under the policeman’s knee, Floyd goes still. He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead.
‘People want justice’
Firemen continued to battle blazes Thursday morning in the busy Lake Street corridor, where more than 20 businesses were set afire.
One person was reported dead of a gunshot wound, with police investigating whether he was shot by a shop owner in the area of the most severe rioting.
Protests also took place outside the house of one of the four white police officers involved in the detention and death of Floyd, as well as at the home of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, demanding he indict the officers. – AFP