Protest over the the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer continues to grow, as riot breaks out in Minneapolis over the killing.
Black US man, George Floyd was killed by a police officer who pinned him down with his knee, leading to massive outrage on social media.
A shocking video showed the police officer pinning down George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes, despite the black man yelling that he cannot breathe.
Floyd was identified by prominent civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who said he had been retained by the Floyd family.
A police statement said officers were responding to a “forgery in progress.” “Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence,” the statement said. “Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.
“After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance,” according to the statement.
Thousands of people poured into the streets to protest his killing, but it later turned chaotic as police fired rubber bullets from a rooftop, several buildings caught fire, and one person was shot and killed by a store owner.
Local news footage showed some demonstrators vandalizing the outside of a police precinct station and a squad car. The unrest appeared to have dissipated after dark as rain fell.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo earlier confirmed that Floyd’s death is under investigation by the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Mayor Jacob Frey said at the same news briefing that regardless of the investigation’s outcome, it was clear that Floyd’s death while in custody was unjustified, and that race was a factor.