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Minneapolis Explodes in Protest Over Police Killing of George Floyd, Mayor Wants Officers Charged

Minnesota’s capital exploded last night, literally – as protests and riots engulfed part of the city following the in-custody death of 46 year-old George Floyd on Monday.

One person was reportedly shot and killed during yesterday’s upheaval, along with widespread looting and multiple fires set by angry residents.

Other street protests kicked-off across country including a large demonstration in Los Angeles.

Bridget Floyd, sister of the deceased, called for all four police officers involved to be arrested and that they “should be in jail for murder”.

Government officials have exasperated as this latest turmoil comes amid a Coronavirus state of emergency and lockdown measures.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told the local FOX 9 TV station that due to unrest near the Third Precinct around the area of South Minneapolis and Uptown, the police have been given orders to use tear gas following reports of violence and looting.

Police mobilized reinforcements after protesters began to converge on a local police precinct station. Watch:

The entire affair began after police had received a call from a south Minneapolis store about a someone suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Police picked up suspect George Floyd shortly thereafter.

Footage of Monday’s brutal police killing went viral on social media after being filmed by a member of the public. Millions around the world were shocked at the craven and cold manner in which the arresting officer casually had his hand in his pocket whilst pressing his knee down on the neck of Floyd crushed against the pavement and blocking off his airway. Fire Department spokesman has confirmed that Floyd showed ‘no signs of life’ when paramedics arrived on the scene.

This morning, Minneapolis Park Police released new body cam footage of the fatal arrest. Watch:

During a press conference last night, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey commented on the viral video, explaining, “We watched five excruciating minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed and handcuffed black man. I saw no threat. I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary. By the way, that particular technique used is not authorized by the MPD. It is not something officers are trained on and it should not be used period.”

In an unprecedented move, Mayor Frey called for the police officers involved to be charged by Hennepin County Attorneys as soon as possible. Frey declined to say which charge that should be, and deferred to the judiciary. Watch:

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