In Indianapolis, the capital of the state of Indiana, a person died from a gunshot shot by a man who is not part of the police: he is the fourth person to have been killed due to related violence to protests from Wednesday. Three other people were injured, also in Indianapolis. Across the country there have been episodes of widespread vandalism and even looting.
Tens of thousands of people attended the protest demonstrations. Most of them have been peaceful, but there have been numerous violent clashes. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets in many cities when they clashed with protesters. Many mayors have imposed and are imposing a curfew to limit violent clashes: the New York Times he says it was since 1968, after the murder of Martin Luther King, that not so many curfews were imposed in the country. It happened for example in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Portland and Louisville.
Who is this serving?
Who is this protecting? pic.twitter.com/IK8DkwLLUT
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In many cities, however, protesters violated the curfew to continue demonstrating, and the episodes of vandalism and looting continued in the previous days continued in the night. From tomorrow there will also be a curfew in San Francisco, starting at 8pm, he announced Mayor London Breed.
In Los Angeles, where police arrested 500 people on Friday, law enforcement officers used batons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. In Chicago, after protesters threw stones at riot police officers, they responded by throwing tear gas cans; many people were then arrested. In Philadelphia, at least 13 policemen were injured when the protests turned violent. Police cars were burned in many cities and a fire was set in Nashville in the building where the town hall is located.
In New York, where protests started on Thursday, several marches have been organized, in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. In the afternoon in Brooklyn there were clashes with the police: the protesters threw empty bottles, the policemen responded with batons and stinging spray. In an online circulated video you can see two police cars driven against a group of people.
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In Washington, for the second consecutive day, a large crowd gathered outside the White House and some protesters clashed with agents of the Secret Service, the federal agency that deals with the protection of the president. They also attacked a journalist from Fox News, the well-known conservative news channel. Fires were started in Lafayette Park, not far from the White House.
In at least eight states – including Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado and Tennessee – governors have called for intervention by the National Guard, America’s main military reserve force, to help police maintain order.
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US President Donald Trump, who in the past few days had alternated between criticizing silences on what is going on in exhorting violence against protesters on Twitter, said on Saturday evening that the death of George Floyd “filled the Americans with horror, anger and pain “and to be close” to every American who seeks peace as a friend and ally “. Trump also denounced the vandalism of “looters and anarchists”, accusing them of dishonoring Floyd’s memory, and said: “I will not allow angry crowds to rule, it will not happen.”
Tim Walz, the Democratic governor of Minnesota criticized by Trump for handling the protests, said people who violate curfews and try to instigate the police do not protest against law enforcement violence, but try to exploit the death of Floyd for his political ideas. Walz had asked for the intervention of the National Guard, but refused that of the regular army.
George Floyd’s death and Derek Chauvin’s arrest
George Floyd is yet another African American who died during an arrest conducted with extreme violence by police in the United States. Floyd had been arrested on Monday evening May 25 by two officers, after a report, when he was sitting in a car and while, according to a later police note, “he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs”. Again according to the police, Floyd resisted the arrest, which took place in front of several passersby.
One of the two agents, Derek Chauvin, had blocked him on the ground by squeezing his neck with one knee. In a video shot by a witness and circulated a lot online, Floyd is heard repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” and shouting at the police not to kill him. The scene lasts about ten minutes. According to the preliminary autopsy of Floyd’s body, Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; of these, 3 minutes after Floyd had lost consciousness.
On Friday Chauvin, fired by Minneapolis police along with three colleagues, was arrested on charges of third degree murder (third degree murder) e manslaughter (involuntary murder). In the Minnesota legal system, third-degree murder defines the situation in which, without intending to kill, another person is killed by performing a cruel and very dangerous action for others, showing that he has no regard for human life. Chauvin is due to appear in court on Monday.