From our correspondent
Washington – Night of violence and looting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With one dead and several injured. For many hours, protests over the killing of George Floyd by the police turned into an assault on shops and malls. The mayor of the city, Democrat Jacob Frey, requested and obtained from the governor the deployment of the National Guard.
At the same time, Frey is trying to appease the anger of George’s family, of the African American community, equal to about 20% of the population, and of the many white citizens. who surrounded the Third Police District in the past 48 hours, which included the four officers held responsible for George’s death. They were immediately fired, pending the development of investigations that the Justice Department has entrusted to highly experienced investigators, assisted by the FBI. But I don’t understand why they’re not already in jail, the mayor said, siding unreservedly with George’s brother and sister, with leaders of civil rights associations calling for the immediate indictment of the cops’ murder and detail of Derek Chauvin, the man in uniform taken from a video while pressing his knee with all the weight of his body on George Floyd’s neck.
The demonstrations had already started on the afternoon of Tuesday 26, after the clip had rebounded between social media and TV. The images deny the first version provided by the police department: George offers no resistance. The agents are losing their minds. First they put the handcuffs on him, then they make him lie down with his face crushed on the asphalt. A policeman presses his knee to the neck. And, hands in pockets, he doesn’t move even when George complains convulsively: I don’t breathe, you are killing me. He died shortly after in the hospital.
Minneapolis, hundreds on the street after the death of the African American attacked by the policemen
The first wave had been peaceful: on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday the demonstrators had stood in front of the district with their hands raised, shouting: justice for George, the real virus the police. The chief of the Minneapolis Police, Medaria Arradondo, 55 years old, also African American. Wednesday afternoon he held a press conference in which he said he was disgusted by the behavior of his agents, but postponed the conclusion of the investigation into the indictment.
But in the meantime, the call for mobilization was running on social media. Hundreds of people poured into the southern part of the city. The videos posted on Twitter show the escalation of violence. We ran away the dead. A pawnshop owner killed a gunman intruder.
The riots begin not far from the Third Police District. A group of young people, some protected by black balaclavas, shatter the windows of Target, a popular market chain. A signal for hundreds of other vandals without brakes. Liquor and grocery stores, pharmacies. Broken glass, flames, overturned shelves and flames. A fire ravaged a car garage and damaged a residential apartment building. He yells under the house of Mike Freeman, the prosecutor who has territorial jurisdiction over the killing of George Floyd. Someone managed to approach Agent Chauvin’s home and write killers in red on the garage door.
The police tried to stem the riots with tear gas, foaming agents and, reports the Morning Star in Minneapolis, even with rubber bullets.
The National Guard took sides in defense of the Third District. Today Mayor Frey will attempt another mediation.
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