Riot after the death of George Floyd: state of emergency declared, national guard mobilizes

After violent protests due to the death of a Black man in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis, the Governor of the US has mobilized the state of Minnesota

Riot after the death of George Floyd: state of emergency declared, national guard mobilizes

After violent protests due to the death of a Black man in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis, the Governor of the US has mobilized the state of Minnesota in the national guard. Governor Tim Walz said on Thursday (local time) a state of emergency for Minneapolis and surrounding areas, as from his disposition emerged. After the death of the African-American George Floyd (46) was it came in Minneapolis in the night from Wednesday to Thursday to violent clashes. In the arrangement of the Governor it was said that peaceful demonstrations are still allowed. Riots threatened the safety of peaceful demonstrators.

police building stormed

demonstrators forced their way into the night to Friday (local time) in a police station, as local media reported. On television images of fire were to be seen.

The police station had been evacuated, the station reported CBS Minnesota citing a police notice. "Protesters are forcibly penetrated into the buildings and ignited several fires," - quoted by the transmitter from the message. In Denver, it came in media reports of protests. Local media reported about shots. According to the police, first of all, no casualties were reported.

"I can't breathe"

the trigger for the anger and outrage of the protesters was around ten minutes long Video of Floyd's death, which spread like wildfire on social media: A white COP pressed his knee for several minutes on the neck of the 46-Year-old pleaded repeatedly for help before he lost consciousness. Repeated the African-American said: "I can't breathe." He died shortly thereafter in a nearby hospital. The four involved police officers were dismissed, but as yet neither arrested nor indicted. John Minchillo/AP/dpa

the national guard is a Reserve of the U.S. army

The Federal Bureau of investigation and the local Prosecutor's office declared on Thursday in a joint statement, the investigation and possible prosecution, is of the highest priority "be given". Earlier, US President, Donald Trump had promised an expeditious investigation of the incident. Trump said Thursday in the White house, he had watched the Video. "This was a very bad thing that I've seen." On demand, the President said, with Floyd's family he had not spoken yet.

The national guard is a Reserve of the U.S. army. In the arrangement of rolling mills, it was said that the mayors of the neighboring cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have asked for the violence to mobilization, to ensure safety. In the case of peaceful protests, many protesters had demanded justice for Floyd and a conviction of the involved police officers. Local media have reported, however, some protesters have set fire to shops. On television images of looting were seen. The police went in with tear gas, pepper spray, and a blow on sticks against demonstrators.

"Extreme Frustration, anger and sadness"

At a press conference on Thursday evening (local time) called on the district attorney of Minnesota, Erica MacDonald, demonstrators to remain peaceful. "I ask the people to remain calm and let us carry out the study," said MacDonald. "It breaks my heart to see what is happening on our streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul and some of our suburbs." The local FBI representative Rainer Drolshagen expressed understanding for the "extreme Frustration, anger and sadness" over the incident and promised a full explanation.

In the U.S., it always comes back to sensational cases of police violence against Black people. The last had been in the USA a Clip from the state of Georgia for a stir - a disturbing cell phone video showed how the black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery (25) attacked by white men, apparently, and then was shot. After the fact, in February it took two months - until the release of the Videos until it was in the case first. One of the Suspects used to be a COP have been.

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Updated Date: 29 May 2020, 02:26

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