Protesters conflicted with police department and set a store alight during a second night of protests in the US city of Minneapolis Wednesday over the killing of a black man by a police officer who held him to the ground with a knee on his neck.
Police dismissed tear gas and made a human blockade to prevent Protestants from scaling a fence barricading the Third Precinct, where the police officers who were accused of executing ‘George Floyd’ operated before they were sacked on Tuesday.
They pressed protesters backwards as the crowd enlarged, a day after opening rounds of rubber bullets and more tear gas cans on thousands of protesters infuriated by the latest execution of an American-African at the hands of US law enforcement.
Violence has spread throughout the country at Floyd’s death on Monday, driven in part by bystander cellphone video which shows him, cuffed and in the custody of four white police officers, on the ground while one of the officers presses his knee into the victim’s neck.
President Donald Trump in a tweet termed Floyd’s death “sad and tragic”, and all four officers have been dismissed, as prosecutors said they had called in the FBI to aid in examining the case, which would involve a federal felony civil rights violation.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo warned protestors Wednesday to stay peaceful.
But by 10:00 pm (0300 GMT Thursday) an auto parts store across from the precinct had been set ablaze and a neighboring Target was being pillaged, according to US media.
Police continued to clamp the crowds back from climbing a fence into the precinct’s parking lot, where their cruisers contained guns.
Protesters stayed calm at two other locations in the city.
At the place where Floyd was first taken into custody by the police officers people vocalized and grilled, carried placards and voiced out.
Bouquets were set out as tributes to George Floyd , and there was no wreckage.
Cries for justice came from around the country.
“I would like those officers to be charged with murder, as that’s exactly what they did,” Bridgett Floyd, the victim’s sister, said on NBC TV.
“They executed my brother…. They should be in jail for murder.”
‘I can’t breathe’ -The instance was viewed as the newest instance of police cruelty against African Americans, which gave upsurge six years ago to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Victim had been detained on a minor charge of allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at a convenience store.
“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe…. Mama. Mama,” Floyd begged.
He grew silent and static, unable to move even as the officers told him to “get up and get in the car.”
He was moved to the hospital where he was later declared dead.
“He was pleading with them to allow him breathe,” “It was a public execution.”
“How much more of these meaningless excessive-force killings from the people who are supposed to protect us can we take in America?” proclaimed civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who was retained by Floyd’s family
Crump made obvious that the arrest involved a minor, non-violent crime, and there was no sign, as police initially proclaimed, that George Floyd resisted arrest.
“There is no reason to insert this excessive fatal force,” Crump said.
“That has to be the tipping point. Everyone deserves justice … We cannot have two justice structures, one for blacks and one for whites.”