Riots have been raging in Minnesota for several days after 46-year-old black man George Floyd died in custody on 25 May after being tackled and pinned to the ground by police. The protests have quickly turned violent and spread to other US states, many of which have already introduced curfews, called in National Guard, and declared state of emergency.
One of the four officers involved held a knee to the neck of the man, whose close-to-last words were "I can't breathe". The police were responding to a call from a local grocery store where Floyd had allegedly tried to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill.
Amid the complicated situation, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz decided to call the National Guard to help deal with the civil unrest, the first time this has happened in 12 years.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Over a dozen people were arrested in Portland, Oregon, after Independence Day demonstrations that turned violent, the city police said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to cut the city’s police department (NYPD) budget by $1 billion and use the money to fund social programs that he said will address the causes of crime.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Seattle Police Department confirmed in a statement on Monday that a 16-year-old male was the victim in a shooting earlier in the day near the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone, which is occupied by anti-police demonstrators.
The incident occurred amid the wave of protests against police brutality that have been sweeping across the US since the death of African American George Floyd after a violent arrest.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Protests in Washington, DC, which broke out in light of African American man George Floyd's death in police custody, remain peaceful despite US President Donald Trump's order to withdraw National Guard military reserve forces from the city, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
In every state and in almost every major city across the United States, as well as in many cities around the world, ongoing massive demonstrations against police brutality provoked by the killing of African-American George Floyd at the hands of white police officers last month are looking increasingly like a cultural movement.
This comes as more protests against police aggression and racial discrimination are expected to take place in the city on Sunday.
Joe Biden, whose key demographic is the African American community, has criticised the Trump administration for what he called an overt response to the black-led protests. Trump has mainly appealed to those voters who condemn riots and looting, in particular his hardcore Evangelical base.
On 1 June US President Donald Trump said he would mobilize “all federal resources, civilian and military”, to quell protests against police brutality raging across America after the death of black man George Floyd, urging state governors to deploy the National Guard in great numbers to “dominate the streets.”
The current wave of mass protests in the US was sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, in police custody in the US state of Minnesota.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Standing by a tall metal fence, which secures the White House surroundings, an African American woman displays a football uniform of her student son who died after a visit of police officers, having been 21 for 24 hours. Her personal vigil becomes a tiny part of a mighty, diverse, yet peaceful protest in Washington, DC.
As protests over the death of George Floyd and against police brutality continue across the United States, a portion of a street near the White House has been officially renamed 'Black Lives Matter Plaza' by the administration of Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Candace Owens, an African American woman, is notorious for her pro-Trump activism and her criticism of the of the Democratic Party and the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement. Last year she attempted to launch a ‘Blexit’ campaign to encourage black Americans to leave the Democratic Party and become Republicans.
Ongoing and widespread protests provoked by the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of white police officers are taking place in almost every major city across the United States, as well as in other many capitals around the world, and London is no exception.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism of the New York Police Department (NYPD), said that looting across the city amid George Floyd protests was an intelligence failure of NYPD.
San Francisco is one of many major US cities that has joined the wave of nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody over a week ago.
Earlier this week, demonstrations over the death of George Floyd turned violent in New York City, resulting in arson, looting and clashes between protesters and the police.
African American man George Floyd died on 25 May in police custody in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed on his stomach, repeatedly saying he could not breathe.
Riots that emerged in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, an African American man, has since grown into mass protests across the US and peaceful protests of solidarity worldwide. Earlier in the day, demonstrators gathered near the US embassy in Paris with another protest held in the UK.
Nationwide protests erupted in the United States and spread to other countries in late May following the death of African American man, George Floyd, during detention by police in Minneapolis.