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.
The e-commerce giant has joined major tech companies in support of the protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Amazon’s website put up a banner message explaining its commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement, which didn’t go over well with some people.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Turgiyev, who was attacked by police while covering protests against racism and police violence, said that he had discussed the incident with the US non-government group, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
The same content was taken down on Thursday by Twitter, which argued that it disabled the four-minute video on its platform due to a complaint from the copyright owner.
In an earlier tweet, US President Donald Trump labelled the mayor of Washington DC as "incompetent", accusing her of letting her budget get out of control and of the mistreatment of National Guard members.
Demonstrations that have spanned all 50 of the United States for over a week were sparked by the killing of an African-American Minneapolis resident, George Floyd, who died during arrest, held to the ground by the knee of white police officer Derek Chauvin.
The crew of a National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter has been grounded after footage was captured of the chopper flying just 50 feet above protesters in Washington, DC - low enough to knock people over and snap tree limbs.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom’s embassy in Washington has raised concerns over US police behaviour during the ongoing anti-racism protests, the media reported on Friday, citing a UK government spokesman.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The North Dakota National Guard has been sent to the border with Minnesota ahead of a George Floyd protest in the city of Fargo later in the day, ABC News TV channel reported on Friday.
Washington, DC has been flooded with thousands of law enforcement agents, who are policing the city in the wake of the sometimes-violent protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Despite restrictions of gatherings upward of 50 people and warnings from Sweden's state epidemiologist about the health risk associated with mass crowds amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, the demonstration in Malmö gathered over 1,000 participants.
The George Floyd demonstrations quickly turned from peaceful protests to violent riots engulfing more than 140 cities amid a coronavirus-related recession and sharp spike in unemployment in the US. American clinical psychologist Erlanger Turner has explained what feeds the people's frustration and outrage.
The United States has been facing violent protests and riots since last week, following the death of an African American man, George Floyd, in police custody.
New York is one of the many states that has been rocked by protests against police brutality; protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis while being taken into custody.
US President Donald Trump has long promised to build a barrier wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. Amid the mass nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd, Americans are getting yet another wall - one surrounding “The People's House."
The troops were sent to the DC region in response to a wave of protests over the killing of George Floyd by the police. Earlier, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper backtracked on his decision to return the troops to their home bases, leaving them deployed for 24 additional hours.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter on Thursday asked President Donald Trump to clarify which law enforcement agencies have been engaged in policing protests in the nation's capital.
Thousands of troops are pouring into Washington, DC, in response to continued mass demonstrations against police brutality and racism, but keeping track of who’s who is tough, especially with confused reports about the presence of active-duty troops. However, the difference between them and guards has become blurred by US overseas wars.
The widespread protest movement triggered by the death of George Floyd in police custody has resonated on social media, with brands and personalities posting black squares in solidarity with black Americans.
As both violent and peaceful protests have been sweeping across the United States following the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody, reports have emerged that US Secret Services rushed Donald Trump to the White House bunker, fearing for the president’s safety.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Wednesday marked the sixth consecutive day of protests against racism and police brutality in the US capital city of Washington, with prosecutors upgrading the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and bringing charges against three other former policemen involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd.