Smokes, flames, and destruction: Protests intensify over killing in Minneapolis, US

Updated: May 29, 2020, 04:57 PM(IST)

The protests intensified on the second day in Minneapolis, the United States, which are held over the killing of a black man by a cop who held him on the ground with his knee on the handcuffed man. 

There were clashes between police and protesters, arson, looting, and firing of tear gas. Take a look!


Smoke, flames, and destruction

Protesters throw objects into a fire outside a Target store near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Justice for George

A protester stands on a bus stop holding a sign near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota demanding justic for the black man who was killed a few days ago


Liquor store on fire

Protesters gather in front of a liquor store in flames near the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest 


Looting and vandalism!

The video, taken by an onlooker to Monday night's fatal encounter between police and George Floyd, 46, showed him lying face down and handcuffed, groaning for help and repeatedly saying, "please, I can't breathe," before growing motionless.

The second day of demonstrations, accompanied by looting and vandalism, began hours after Mayor Jacob Frey urged prosecutors to file criminal charges against the white policeman shown pinning Floyd to the street.


Four officers dismissed

Floyd, who was unarmed and reportedly suspected of trying to pass counterfeit bills at a corner eatery, was taken by ambulance from the scene of his arrest and pronounced dead the same night at a hospital.

The policeman shown kneeling on Floyd's neck and three fellow officers involved were dismissed from the police department on Tuesday as the FBI opened an investigation.


'I can't breathe'

Hundreds of protesters, many with faces covered, thronged streets around the Third Precinct police station late on Wednesday, about half a mile from where Floyd had been arrested, chanting, "No justice, no peace" and "I can't breathe."

The crowd grew to thousands as night fell and the protest turned into a standoff outside the station, where police in riot gear formed barricade lines while protesters taunted them from behind makeshift barricades of their own.


Tear gas, plastic bullets and concussion grenades!

Police, some taking positions on rooftops, used tear gas, plastic bullets and concussion grenades to keep the crowds at bay. Protesters pelted police with rocks and other projectiles. Some threw tear gas canisters back at the officers.

Television news images from a helicopter over the area showed dozens of people looting a Target store, running out with clothing and shopping carts full of merchandise.


Fires set off

Fires erupted after dark at several businesses, including an auto parts store. Eyewitnesses said the blazes appeared to be the work of arsonists. Media said a smaller, peaceful protest was held outside the home of one of the police officers.


Demonstration turned violent

Outrage at Floyd's death also triggered a rally in his name against police brutality by hundreds of people in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.

That demonstration turned violent after a crowd marched onto a nearby freeway and blocked traffic, then attacked two California Highway Patrol cruisers, smashing their windows, local media reported. One protester who clung to the hood of a patrol car fell to the pavement as it sped away, and was treated at the scene by paramedics, news footage of the incident showed.


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