Demonstrations sweeping several American cities to protest against the Minneapolis accident

Demonstrations and protests, some of them violent, invaded several American cities on Friday, in the wake of the Minneapolis accident in Minnesota, where George Floyd killed an African American after a white officer knelt on his neck.

Demonstrations sweeping several American cities to protest against the Minneapolis accident
01 June 2020 - 12:26

Demonstrations and protests, some of them violent, invaded several American cities on Friday, in the wake of the Minneapolis accident in Minnesota, where George Floyd killed an African American after a white officer knelt on his neck.
 
In New York, thousands of protesters gathered at the Barclays Center, and police arrested dozens of protesters in the massive demonstration in the Brooklyn area.
 
About 1,000 people participated in a protest in Atlanta, which witnessed violence, as fire broke out in the city center near the headquarters of CNN News.
 
Hundreds of protesters in Minneapolis violated a curfew and gathered in the streets around a torched police station last night.
 
"We are here because we as a generation, realize that things must change," said Paul Selman, a 25-year-old black young man.
 
In Detroit, hundreds of protesters joined a "march against police brutality" outside the city's public safety headquarters and chanted "No justice, no peace."
Similar protests also broke out in Denver cities, where a highway was closed.
 
In Houston and Louisville, Kentucky, clashes occurred while several residents were calling for justice for Briona Taylor, a black woman killed by police in her apartment in March.
 
In turn, Washington witnessed hundreds of people demonstrated, on Friday evening, outside the White House to express their anger after Floyd's killing.
 
During their gathering in front of the White House, the demonstrators demanded "justice for George Floyd," waving slogans, including "Stop killing us" and "Black lives are important."
 
A representative of the Attorney General in Minnesota had announced earlier that the authorities had arrested the police officer who had strapped Floyd's neck, after three nights of violent protests that rocked the city of Minneapolis.
The policeman was charged with unintentional killing Friday, prosecutors said.
 
Prosecutor Mike Freeman told reporters that "the former police officer, Derek Schoen, was charged with unintentional killing by the Hinpin District Prosecutor's Office," AFP quoted as saying.
 
For its part, the Floyd family considered that this procedure was late and insufficient, and said in a statement that it wanted to be charged with "premeditated murder" for that policeman, adding, "We want to see the arrest of the other police officers involved in the case."
 
 For his part, former US President Barack Obama considered Friday that the death of George Floyd should not be considered "a normal matter" in the United States.
 
As for President Donald Trump, he revealed on Friday that he had spoken to the Floyd family. "I understand the pain," he said, adding, "George's family has the right to justice."
 

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