Protests, accompanied by riots and clashes with police, are taking place across America. Demonstrators are outraged by police brutality and the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.
George Floyd died on May 25. The guards suspected him of using 20 counterfeit dollars. A video of Floyd lying on the ground and saying, “I’m suffocating! I’m suffocating! “and asks,” Don’t kill me.” Passers-by gathered around, urging the police officer to stop choking Floyd and take his pulse. After a while, Floyd stopped moving and was taken away by an ambulance. He arrived at the hospital already dead.
After the death of a black man in Minnesota, protests, and riots began, which spread across the country.
Only after three days of mass protests, the police officer who detained Floyd was arrested. He was charged with third-degree murder-that is manslaughter.
Several hundred people gathered again in Washington on Saturday. The National Guard surrounded the White house. Police used pepper gas, and protesters broke off chunks of concrete and threw them at police.
US President Donald Trump promised demonstrators that if they go to the residence, they will meet with “the most vicious dogs and the most sinister weapons.” He believes that the protests near the White House and in Lafayette square have nothing to do with the actions in memory of the black man who died in Minneapolis, George Floyd.
In Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, the protests also began peacefully. A vast crowd carried placards and signs that read, “He said he couldn’t breathe. Justice for George” and “Black Lives Matter.” But by evening, the protesters began smashing police cars, setting fire to the courthouse and smashing Windows and storefronts.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Saturday, after four nights of unrest, announced the full mobilization of the state’s National Guard — this is the first time since World War II.
Walz told the press that the protests were no longer related to Floyd’s murder, but were instigated by visiting radicals to sow chaos. According to him, a controlled group of outsiders, including white supremacists and members of drug cartels, provoked the violence in Minneapolis. However, he did not provide evidence when asked by reporters.
In New York, protesters gathered on Saturday in lower Manhattan, moving along Broadway and surrounding streets. “Black lives matter! the crowd chanted. “Stop shooting!”
At the same time, the mood among the demonstrators was divided: while some called for the protest to remain peaceful, others hurled insults at police, threw water bottles at them, smashed shop windows and set fire to trash cans.
Although the police themselves use face shields and protective masks, many protesters have forgotten about the spread of the coronavirus — not all are masked, and there is no need to talk about social distance.
Security measures have been tightened throughout the city, and police stations have been cordoned off. Several police officers were injured, and many protesters were detained.
Now curfew imposed in the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills (California), Denver (Colorado), Miami (FL), Atlanta (GA), Chicago (Il), Louisville (KY), Minneapolis and St. Paul (MN), Rochester (NY), Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland (Ohio), Portland and Eugene (Oregon), Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Charleston and Columbia (South Carolina), Nashville (TN), Salt Lake City (UT), Seattle (WA), Milwaukee (WI).
To date, the authorities of the States of Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Utah, Texas, and the Metropolitan District of Columbia have mobilized US National Guard soldiers to establish order on the streets.