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George Floyd killing: mass protests across America

George Floyd killing: mass protests across America

Demonstrators start a fire as they protest the death of George Floyd

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what happened to George Floyd

On the evening of Monday 25 May, police received a phone call from a neighborhood grocery store alleging that George Floyd had paid with a counterfeit $20 note.

Officers were attempting to put him in a police vehicle when he dropped to the ground, telling them he was claustrophobic.

According to police, he physically resisted officers and was handcuffed. The video of the incident does not show how the confrontation started.

With Mr. Chauvin's knee on his neck, Mr. Floyd can be heard saying "please, I can't breathe" and "don't kill me".

According to a preliminary autopsy by the county medical examiner, the police officer had his knee on Mr.

Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds - almost three minutes of which was after Mr. Floyd became non-responsive.

Nearly two minutes before Mr. Chauvin removed his knee the other officers checked Mr. Floyd's right wrist for a pulse and were unable to find one. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead around an hour later.

 

Trump's response to the mass protests

 

Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.

Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

How are the US officials responding to the escalating clashes 

 

Officials across America were responding to another night of escalating unrest after clashes erupted between protesters and police in dozens of cities Saturday. Tensions flared in cities from New York to Philadelphia to Columbia, S.C., as thousands of people amassed to protest the death of a black man in police custody.

Police cars were set aflame, freeways were blocked, windows were shattered and authorities deployed tear gas and even rubber bullets. Multiple governors activated the National Guard and curfews were enacted in several major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Denver, Miami, and Milwaukee.

 

Source: Al Jazeera 

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