Killing of Black Man by Police Officer incites civil unrest in Minneapolis

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Arson, looting and vandalism in Minneapolis followed after a peaceful rally vented their rage over the death of a black man seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Cars and buildings were set ablaze amid volleys of police tear gas and rubber bullets fired at the protesters. Around 16 buildings were torched on Wednesday night.

In the incident four city police officers were involved, including the one shown pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground, moaning, “please, I can’t breathe,” were fired from their jobs the next day.

Similarly, in 2014, Eric Garner, an unarmed black man was killed by choking him. He was also seen saying “I can’t breathe.” After that these dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Police chief Medaria Arradondo publicly apologised to Floyd’s family and asked for some time to get it right.

According to a police transcript of the call, “Floyd, a Houston native known affectionately to friends as “Big Floyd” and who had worked as a nightclub security staffer, was suspected of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store when police took him into custody. An employee who called for help described the suspect as appearing to be drunk.”

Amid this Trump said on Twitter that he will send National Guard troops and “get the job done right.”

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