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Protests intensify in U.S. state Minnesota following death of George Floyd

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 A police precinct in Minneapolis the biggest city in the midwestern U S state of Minnesota was set on fire late Thursday night as protests intensified days after George Floyd a black man pleaded I can t breathe before dying in police custody Elsewhere in the deeply shaken city thousands of peaceful demonstrators marched through the streets calling for justice according to a USA Today report Protests rallies and even riots over Floyd s death are also spreading to other cities such as St Paul New York Chicago and Denver In St Paul Minnesota over 170 businesses were damaged or looted the city s police department said early Friday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday declared a state of emergency and activated the Minnesota National Guard to restore order Meanwhile seven people were shot Thursday in Louisville the largest city in the state of Kentucky during overnight protests over a separate case the death of emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by police in March Amid escalating violence U S President Donald Trump on Friday morning called protesters thugs on Twitter warning that he would send National Guard troops to Minneapolis and that when the looting starts the shooting starts Twitter later put a public interest notice on that tweet Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on CNN Friday morning that he anticipates there will be charges brought against the officers involved in Floyd s death Floyd died on Monday evening shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck though the black man in his 40s repeatedly pleaded I can t breathe and please I can t breathe The police officer s way of handling the man is not approved by the local police department In 2014 a cellphone recorded an unarmed black man Eric Garner repeatedly saying I can t breathe when a New York officer held him in a chokehold before his death in police custody Since then the plea has become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct across the country XINHUA
Protests intensify in U.S. state Minnesota following death of George Floyd

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A police precinct in Minneapolis, the biggest city in the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota, was set on fire late Thursday night as protests intensified days after George Floyd, a black man, pleaded “I can’t breathe” before dying in police custody.

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Elsewhere in the deeply shaken city, thousands of peaceful demonstrators marched through the streets calling for justice, according to a USA Today report.

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Protests, rallies and even riots over Floyd’s death are also spreading to other cities such as St. Paul, New York, Chicago and Denver. In St. Paul, Minnesota, over 170 businesses were damaged or looted, the city’s police department said early Friday.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday declared a state of emergency and activated the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.

Meanwhile, seven people were shot Thursday in Louisville, the largest city in the state of Kentucky, during overnight protests over a separate case — the death of emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by police in March.

Amid escalating violence, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday morning called protesters “thugs” on Twitter, warning that he would send National Guard troops to Minneapolis and that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter later put a public interest notice on that tweet.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on CNN Friday morning that he anticipates there will be charges brought against the officers involved in Floyd’s death.

Floyd died on Monday evening shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck though the black man in his 40s repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.” The police officer’s way of handling the man is not approved by the local police department.

In 2014, a cellphone recorded an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” when a New York officer held him in a chokehold before his death in police custody. Since then, the plea has become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct across the country.

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