George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze


A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed on Monday after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck.

On Thursday, protesters gathered outside the police department’s 3rd Precinct, the epicentre of the unrest.

Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowd, but the cordon around the police station was breached by protesters, who set fire to it and two other nearby buildings as the officers withdrew.

Nearby, Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, the target of looters the night before, also was set ablaze.

On Wednesday night, a man was fatally shot and crowds looted and burned buildings on E. Lake Street late into the night.

The situation remained volatile at the Third Precinct, where National Guard troops were called in to help protect firefighters.

Protesters in the streets are demanding that the four police officers implicated in Floyd’s death are arrested and face murder charges.

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