Where protests are expected following Minneapolis 'I can't breathe' death
MINNEAPOLIS, May 30 ― The killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck by a white police officer's knee, has triggered a wave of protests across the country, with more demonstrations expected yesterday.
Protesters were planning marches and rallies to demand that police be held accountable for Floyd's death, an incident seen on a bystander's video. The Floyd case also focused attention on local incidents linked to racism and policing.
Below is a partial list of cities where protests are expected:
After three nights in which peaceful rallies gave way to arson, looting and vandalism, authorities were on the alert for further unrest on Friday in the country's epicenter of rage over Floyd's death, even after the officer who pinned him by the neck was arrested and charged with murder.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz deployed the state's National Guard in an effort to halt any further destruction after arson and looting the previous night.
Several groups gathered yesterday afternoon for a “We can't breathe” vigil and rally in lower Manhattan pressing for legislation outlawing the police “chokehold,” used by a city police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who was also black.
Both Garner and Floyd were heard to gasp, “I can't breathe” before they lost consciousness.
Organisers also are calling for charges to be brought against a white woman who became an infamous social media personality overnight after she called police on a black man in Central Park who asked her to keep her dog on a leash.
About 1,000 protesters marched from downtown's Centennial Olympic Park to the state capitol, blocking traffic and an interstate highway along the way. The demonstration was intended not only to call attention to the death of Floyd but also to the February killing of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, a black jogger whose shooting in Brunswick, Georgia, was captured on video. Three white men were charged in his death earlier this month.
“I just want people to understand our anger,” protest organizer Zoe Bambara said in a statement. “We have a right to be angry.”
Following a night of violence in the Kentucky city, police were bracing for more street protests yesterday over the killing of Floyd and several others, including Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville home in March.
During a night of protests on Thursday, at least seven people were shot, one critically.
A “March Against Police Brutality” was held late yesterday afternoon outside the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters. Many chanted “No justice no peace.” Among the signs being carried were: “End police brutality” and “I won't stop yelling until everyone can breathe.”
Yesterday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered for a second day of protests as police looked on.
On Thursday night, Denver police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds where some were vandalizing parked cars at the state capitol and blocking traffic. There were 13 arrests related to the protests.
Hundreds gathered in a protest organized by the group Black Lives Matter at Houston's City Hall, and the crowd spilled onto Interstate 45's entrance ramp near downtown Friday. The crowd chanted, “I can't breathe” and “No justice, no peace,” local media reported. ― Reuters