Protesters crowded the streets of Minneapolis last night in response to the death of a black man in police custody which was seen nationwide in a graphic video.
The protest turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police, at one point destroying a precinct building. Police say the demonstration started out peacefully with people calling for justice for 46-year-old George Floyd, but then several hundred people marched down to the police station and that’s where things got out of control. Protesters threw rocks at windows and spray-painted a patrol car. At one point officers responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
The protests responded the video showing an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck despite his pleas that he couldn’t breathe. Minutes later, Floyd was unconscious and was ultimately pronounced dead. Four officers involved have been fired and the FBI is investigating. (WCCO-TV)
- People are angry and it’s not hard to understand why. That video was very difficult to watch.
- Protesters chanted “I can’t breathe” and “it could’ve been me.”
- Floyd’s family is devastated and they want the officers charged with murder.