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Killing of African American in U.S. causes riots in country

Source : 112 Ukraine

State of emergency is declared in and around Minneapolis
19:17, 29 May 2020

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In the American city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the unrest caused by the brutal murder of an African American by a white policeman does not stop. Minnesota Governor Tim Wals called the National Guard to help and impose a state of emergency in Minneapolis and the surrounding area, as the CNN reports.

The governor noted that peaceful protests are still allowed, but riots also pose a threat to peaceful demonstrators.

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It is also reported that on the night of May 28 a wave of mayhems swept through Minneapolis, which continued on the night of May 29. Enraged protesters broke into one of the police stations and started several fires there. The plot was evacuated. In front of the building, demonstrators chanted: "There is no justice - there is no peace!"

The wave of unrest rose after the brutal murder of the 46-year-old African American George Floyd by a white policeman. The video posted on social networks shows a white policeman strangling Floyd lying on the pavement for several minutes, praying for help and screaming that he cannot breathe. Shortly after his arrest, George Floyd died in a hospital.

Later it became known that the four white policemen involved in the detention of Floyd were fired, but none of them has yet been detained. No charges have been brought against them either. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Fry said the FBI were investigating.

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In turn, the FBI and the local prosecutor's office in a joint statement indicated that the investigation of the incident has "the highest priority." Earlier, a quick investigation was promised by US President Donald Trump. He said he saw a video of what happened, adding that it was "a very bad thing that he saw." The president, in response to a request from reporters, said that he had not yet spoken to the Floyd family.

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