National Guard deployed after Minneapolis clashes — George Floyd killing

Ruben Hill
May 29, 2020

George Floyd's death in Minnesota prompted protests nationwide after a bystander's video of his arrest surfaced on social media.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in custody on Monday evening after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck for almost 10 minutes.

In St. Paul, which shares the same metropolitan area, the police department reported over 170 businesses damaged or looted, and dozens of fires but no serious injuries so far.

President Trump early Friday threatened to "get the job done right" to control the violent Minneapolis protests if the city's mayor doesn't "get his act together". "A total lack of leadership", Trump tweeted.

"Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way".

A second day of demonstrations, accompanied by looting and vandalism, began on Wednesday hours after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey urged prosecutors to file criminal charges against the white policeman shown pinning Floyd to the street. The crowd was angry but peaceful, and were reduced to shouting expletives at police gathered outside the building and at California Highway Patrol cruisers driving down the street. In the video, Floyd is seen gasping for air and saying "I can't breathe", until he loses consciousness. He was then taken to a hospital and later declared dead.

Experienced prosecutors and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been assigned as part of a "robust" probe into whether the police officers involved had violated federal laws, the department said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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