Crowds of protesters clashed with police in Minneapolis during demonstration over the death of George Floyd.
Police fired tear gas and donned riot gear as protesters gathered outside the cup foods store on the corner where Mr Floyd died.
At a very good distance from each other, organisers addressed the crowds to chants of “l can’t breathe” , which Floyd said to police as one knelt on his neck during his arrest.
The emphasis from the demonstrations leaders was on keeping the event peaceful, however a small group later, began vandalising a third police precinct building and squad cars.
Mr Floyd died on 25 May during a police encounter at a street intersection where a white officer put a knee on his neck for several minutes even as he repeatedly said he was in pain and that he couldn’t breathe. A graphic video of his death has been shared widely across Social and mainstream media.
The four officers involved have now been terminated, as confirmed by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who described the circumstances of Mr Floyd’s death as totally wrong of the officers.
The protest was apparently led by organisers from a group called “l can’t breathe” : protest against police violence. Announcing it on their Facebook page, they wrote that the truth is that MPD officers caused the medical distress and death of the victim through their inhumane actions.
We are gathering at the site of Mr Floyd’s death, to demand justice for the victim and his family.