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George Floyd death: Unrest unfolds around the US

Protests against the killing of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis has mushroomed throughout the United States.

Violence exploded again in the city where George Floyd died as well as Atlanta, New York, Dallas Oakland, and many other cities across the country.

The most significant anger among protesters remains in Minneapolis, where people defied a city curfew and angry residents accused the city of not employing adequate members of both the National Guard and local Police to monitor the situation.

State Governor Tim Walz accepted accountability but said simply "there's more of them than us". Also, several fires were started in Minneapolis, and fire officials said it was too dangerous to reach all of them.

Mr Walz also went onto say; the protests had morphed into chaos and "wanton destruction", he also pointed out that several shops had been looted

But the protests were far broader than the preceding nights since Mr Floyd's death on Monday. For example, Police in Washington were out in force outside the White House, where Police resorted to using pepper spray to keep protesters from the building.

Tear gas was used to disperse crowds protesting in Oakland in California while fireworks were thrown onto Freeway 110 North, in Los Angeles, as protesters tried to block roads.

There were also chaotic scenes in Brooklyn, New York, where Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "We don't ever want to see another night like this."

Tear gas was also fired to disperse protesters both in Detroit and in Phoenix, Arizona.

Atlanta also saw some ugly scenes, including this burning of a police car, prompting a passionate plea from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Steve Simmonds


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