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Events after the death of George Floyd : the Minnesota enacts state of emergency

Of the rioters have set fire to Thursday, may 28, a police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the fourth consecutive night since the death of George Floyd during his arrest by the municipal police, thousands of protesters gathered, setting fire to cars and shops and battling the police with stones.

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The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, was mobilized Thursday afternoon the national guard and declared a state of emergency. He said he supported peaceful protests, but that the destruction committed justify new measures to maintain order. "Unfortunately, some people engaged in illegal activities and dangerous, including arson, riots, looting and damage to public and private property, lamented the governor Walz in his proclamation. These activities threaten the security of legitimate protestors and other residents and emergency workers and protesters have already been wounded."

riots also took place in St. Paul, the capital city of Minnesota and twin city to Minneapolis, where the state of emergency has also been declared. In the day, a supermarket Target had been looted. The capitol of Saint Paul, seat of the State Assembly, has been evacuated as a security measure.

The transport has been suspended until Sunday, and many shops closed. Thursday evening, the protests spread through other cities in the United States, including New York, Denver, Albuquerque, and Portland, Oregon, after the rallies took place on the eve in Los Angeles and Memphis.
But the peaceful protests have continued at the same time the riots to demand justice. "Please, stay home. Do not come to manifest. Keep in mind George Floyd and the goal of our movement, that is to prevent it from happening again," called on Twitter, the black mayor of Minneapolis, Melvin Carter.

on Thursday night, Donald Trump has issued a warning on its Twitter account. "I can't stay indifferent looking at what happens in a large american city, Minneapolis. A total lack of direction. The very low mayor of the radical left, Jacob Frey, pulls himself together and regains control of the city, or I send in the national guard and do the job properly. These thugs dishonor the memory of George Floyd, and I'm not going to let that happen. I just talk to governor Tim Walz and I told him that the army would support until the end. At the slightest difficulty, we will take the control, but when one starts to loot, you begin to shoot. Thank you !"

George Floyd, age 46, was arrested Monday evening around 20 hours in a busy street in the centre of Minneapolis. The police, alerted by a merchant that provides an account of a concealment of counterfeit money, speaks to Floyd while he is in his car, parked along the sidewalk. The surveillance cameras, the show is leaving handcuffed without resisting. A small crowd forms. A bandwidth filming a video terrible, where we see Floyd with his hands behind his back, tackled to the ground against the wheel of his vehicle. A police officer keeps his knee on his neck, and weighs his weight. George Floyd, the face pressed against the asphalt, groaning, and repeats : "I can't breathe, I'm going to die". The spectators ask the police officers to let him breathe. When the police officer removes his knee, Floyd lies lifeless. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was declared dead.

A police officer who has already been the subject of complaints

The police, white said that Floyd has resisted arrest and did not mention that they have kept it on the ground for long minutes. The video, circulated by the social networks, has since become viral, and has sparked a wave of protest across the United States.

The four police officers involved have been relieved of their duties. Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee against the neck of George Floyd, had been the subject of ten-eight complaints, only two of which resulted in sanctions, in the case of letters of reprimand. Another police officer had also been the subject of complaints, including excessive use of force.

The mayor of Minneapolis has requested that Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged. Two investigations, one by the State of Minnesota, and the other at the federal level. Prosecutors said Thursday night that they had not yet decided to indict one of the four police officers, including one who was kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. "We will investigate as quickly, as completely and fully as justice requires, said one of the prosecutors. Sometimes, it takes a bit of time, and we ask people to be patient".

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