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Hundreds protest after police killing of black man
    2020-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

POLICE and protesters clashed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the United States, on Tuesday evening following a demonstration at the intersection where George Floyd, who was African American, was killed in an altercation with several police officers the day before.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the city to demand justice after Floyd was killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest. Footage of the incident showed Floyd shouting “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me!”

A large and diverse crowd had gathered at the start of the protest, with some carrying signs reading “I can’t breathe” and chanting “Prosecute the police.” Activists had blocked traffic for several blocks in every direction, and the crowd spilled out into the streets.

When asked why they had come, most people spoke about the need for police accountability, before inevitably turning to remembering Floyd’s unheeded final pleas. “It could have been my son. It could have been me. It shouldn’t be,” said a protester carrying a sign saying “Lock them up.”

To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a shirtless black man prone on the street, crying out for help until he finally stopped moving, was horrifying.

Four officers were fired a day after Floyd’s death.

But despite their dismissal, whether the incident will be considered criminal, or even excessive force, is a more complicated question that will likely take months to investigate.

The officers were dismissed soon after a bystander’s video taken outside a south Minneapolis grocery store Monday night showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he stopped moving.

Mayor Jacob Frey announced the firings on Twitter, saying: “This is the right call.”

The FBI and state law enforcement were investigating Floyd’s death, which immediately drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.

The police union asked the public to wait for the investigation to take its course and not to “rush to judgment and immediately condemn our officers.”(SD-Agencies)

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