The National Guard of Minnesota announced on Twitter the mobilization of its units while «We have activated more than 500 soldiers for Saint Paul, Minneapolis and neighboring communities – reads – Our mission is to protect lives, protect property and the right to demonstrate peacefully. “
People also took to the streets in other cities in the United States, from Memphis to Los Angeles, from Denver to New York. Prosecutors have promised a “quick” investigation to ease the tension. Shocking images of the arrest, which occurred on Monday evening, also passed on all the news: one of the four agents, identified as Derek Chavin, 44, is seen holding Floyd on the ground, pressing his knee on his neck, while the man continues to repeat “I don’t breathe, friend, I don’t breathe, I feel bad everywhere, I stay still, but don’t let me die”. The policeman continues to press his knee for a few minutes and say “relax”. The African American, suspected of fraud but found innocent, had felt ill. Hospitalized, he died after an hour. The police department had classified the case as a “medical incident,” but the video of a witness who resumed the stages of the arrest ended up on the net, bringing the case to light. The four agents were immediately fired, but people are not enough. They want arrest.
President Donald Trump called the video in which George Floyd is choked to death “a shocking sight.” The head of the White House has launched an appeal for the fighting to end. Appeal fallen on deaf ears. During the night, a fire broke out outside the police station of the former agents involved in the death of George Floyd and the building, besieged by demonstrators, was abandoned. A procession marched into the city center demanding justice and chanting slogans against the police and Donald Trump. Not far from the place where Floyd was suffocated, a group of troublemakers attempted to storm a mall but was repelled by police tear gas. Local media report how the protesters managed to enter the police station by shattering the windows, vandalizing the offices and setting part of the building on fire. The latter was evacuated for safety, after officers fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators. Other buildings in the area have been destroyed by setting fires.
In Denver, Colorado, the lockdown of the State Capitol, the state assembly, was triggered after some gunshots were fired while a demonstration was underway to protest the death of George Folyd, in Minneapolis, by the hand of the police. And protests also in New York where at least 30 people were arrested during a protest.
Moments of tension around City Hall, the town hall, where there was a throw of bottles and other objects towards the agents. One protester was arrested for possessing weapons, others for throwing garbage buckets into the street and blocking traffic.