George Floyd: Violent protests spread across US


Violence has erupted in major cities across the United States on the sixth night of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Protests in Louisville, Kentucky turned fatal early on Sunday morning after at least one person was killed, police said.

Riot police clashed with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, firing tear gas and pepper bullets to try to disperse the crowds. Police vehicles were set on fire and shops were looted in several cities.

Police in Washington DC fired tear gas at demonstrators who set fire to properties near the White House. They include a historic church, St John’s Episcopal Church, known as the church of the presidents, near the White House.

No fewer than 40 cities have imposed curfews and National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC.

Derek Chauvin, 44, who was seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — but protesters say the charge isn’t harsh enough, and are demanding charges for the other officers involved.

According to a preliminary autopsy by the county medical examiner, the police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Chauvin was due to appear in court later on Monday, but his appearance has now been pushed back to June 8.

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