'We Have Long Night Ahead', de Blasio Says as Uproar Over George Floyd's Death Continues in NYC

© REUTERS / SHANNON STAPLETONPolice officers detain a protester during a protest following the death of African-American George Floyd who was seen in graphic video footage gasping for breath as a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 29, 2020.
Police officers detain a protester during a protest following the death of African-American George Floyd who was seen in graphic video footage gasping for breath as a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 29, 2020. - Sputnik International
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New York is among the cities that has seen angry citizens take to the streets over the death of a black resident of Minneapolis, where the protests have taken the most violent turn, including clashes with police, vandalism, and even arson.

New York has emerged as one of the cities experiencing anti-police unrest after George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis, died after being held in police custody.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Fort Greene Park, where a New York Police Department (NYPD) van was set on fire late in the evening.

According to the New York Post, protesters attempted to surround the 88th precinct but were stopped by a massive contingent of NYPD officers deployed to the scene.

In Brooklyn, thousands of protesters took to the Prospect Heights arena. They were heard roaring, "They're killing us".

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to say that protests would continue throughout Friday night, adding that the authorities are seeking to deescalate the situation.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned Floyd with his knee to the ground as the man repeatedly told him he could not breathe, was charged with murder and manslaughter on Friday. Floyd's family is demanding that the authorities file more serious charges against Chauvin.

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