Violence erupts as Protesters clash with Minneapolis police over the death of Unarmed Black man
George Floyd’s death has sparked chaos between police and the black community as protesters took to the streets to demand action after the death of African American in Minneapolis by police on Tuesday.
Floyd, 46, died Monday night and video later emerged showing the black man on the ground with a police officer pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck and he was seen shouting, “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”
During the protest, police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades on protesters. The protest started peacefully but the situation deteriorated and some demonstrators were seen breaking windows of police cars and hurling rocks.
“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us this will not go on another day,” a protester said. This followed after Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey announced that the four officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been fired
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., released a statement on Tuesday and called it another “horrifying and gut wrenching instance of an African American man dying.”
My statement on the officer-involved death in Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/HUoGfXEj7R— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 26, 2020
The protests began on the south side of Minneapolis, near where Floyd was arrested. Protesters were seen sitting in the crosswalks and using their own vehicles to block traffic. Organizers emphasized keeping this protest peaceful, but chaos began to swell during the day.