The Federal Protection Service, which falls under the National Security Department, oversees the structures of the United States government. But the Pentagon, given the drama of the situation, alerted the army to quell the fighting in Minneapolis. Anger also came in front of the White House, and the presidential residence was put into a ‘lockdown’. The autopsy on the victim has currently ruled out “a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation”, but the family asks for another independent one. In Atlanta it was an emergency.
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In Minneapolis, a petrol pump and a post office were set on fire, thousands of people continued to flood the streets of the center, setting fire to cars and bins, without the intervention of the police or the national guard, now perched in defense of banks, supermarkets and even pharmacies, to prevent opiate raids. Derek Chauvin’s house, in the suburb of Oakdale, outside Minneapolis, has been vandalized: protesters found themselves in front of the house showing signs to passing cars and shouting Floyd’s name. Chauvin was arrested on charges of pre-intentional murder and third-degree murder: he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years. Hennen County prosecutor Mike Freeman called it “the quickest indictment in an investigation against a police officer.”
George Floyd dies, anger explodes: protests and clashes in the US, from Portland to Washington
The situation is out of control. And the president Donald Trump it also mobilizes the army. Yes, the alert order has arrived from at least 1,700 military police men from the Pentagon. Already tonight they could march on the city from four different bases: Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Drumm in New York state, Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas. Troops were told to be ready within 24 hours. An extremely rare decision.
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On the other hand, the night was very long throughout America. The fury of the protests has spread to the whole nation: there have been clashes in at least ten cities, and the list only increases. In Atlanta, the governor declared a state of emergency and called 500 men from the national guard. In New York, the police beat and arrested dozens of demonstrators near the Barclays Center, in the heart of Brooklyn, with bus drivers, just like the colleagues from Minneapolis the night before, however, refused to transport the many young people arrested by the police. .The whole of America is burning. From Houston, Texas to Denver, Colorado. And then Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago. At least 200 people were arrested in Los Angeles. And there have been riots and even stops in Washington: where the crowd has sung the slogan that echoes across the country, “no justice, no peace” without justice no peace, right in front of the White House, bringing the protest to the living room of Trump. The secret services, for security, have decided to close the US presidential residence also to the press with a ‘hard pass’.
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After Minneapolis, the toughest clashes are those in Portland, Oregon where the crowd first tried to set a police station on fire just as the demonstrators did in Minneapolis the night before: then attacked a Starbucks, the Apple, a Microsoft store. The police intervened with tear gas and threw stun grenades, the ones that make a lot of smoke and noise. In Detroit, Michigan, a 19-year-old boy died, killed by a shot fired on the crowd by a racing car.
In Louisville, Kentucky, a reporter and his cameraman were targeted live by police firing stinging gas. In this city, the protest is not just about Floyd’s death: Breonna Taylor, killed in her apartment last March 13 after the police had entered it by mistake, is also remembered here. The America that until yesterday was fighting over lockdowns and masks awakens among the rubble of a country more divided than ever. Hate is no longer just racial, in the square there are kids of all colors. The Minneapolis curfew could now be extended to the whole country. But it won’t help. If something concrete is not done today.
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The autopsy on George Floyd found that “there are no physical elements that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation” despite the agent holding a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 53 seconds while on the ground. According to the report, reported by the American media, “the combined effects of being blocked by the police, of his previous pathologies and of some potential intoxicating substance in his body probably contributed to his death”. But Floyd’s family wants an independent autopsy, because she explains the lawyer who represents her, she doesn’t trust the Minneapolis authorities.
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