George Floyd death: Clashes as protests spread across US

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Protestters hold a Black Lives Matter sign as a police car burns in Atlanta on May 29. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Protests have been spreading cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. In some cities, protesters clashed with police.

Minnesota’s governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into “something much different – wanton destruction”.

Atlanta, New York, Portland, and several other cities have seen violence, while the White House was briefly locked down. Protests are increasing in several cities also.

A protester stands in front of police outside the White House in Washington. Source: Getty Images

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a state of emergency in light of the unrest in the city and an overnight curfew has been put into place, according to the mayor’s office.

An ex-Minneapolis policeman has been charged with murder over the death.

Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old Mr Floyd’s neck on Monday. He and three other officers have since been sacked.

Mr Chauvin is due to appear in court in Minneapolis for the first time on Monday.

President Donald Trump has described the incident as “a terrible, terrible thing” and said he had spoken with Mr Floyd’s family, whom he described as “terrific people”.

The Floyd case has reignited US anger over police killings of black Americans, and reopened deep wounds over racial inequality across the nation.

It follows the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, which have all occurred since the Black Lives Matter movement was sparked by the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Trump responds to protesters saying they would have been met with “vicious dogs”

President Trump have threatened the protesters in a bizarre four-tweet thread and thanked the Secret Service for their handling of protests in Lafayette Park Friday night.

Mr Trump tweeted that the protesters “would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen,” had they breached the fence at the White House.

A protester stands in front of police outside the White House in Washington. Source: Getty Images

He also attacked DC mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming she “wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved.”

A group of protestors gathered in front of the White House overnight. Protestors confronted Secret Service officers for more than five hours overnight at barriers in front of the White House. The crowd even removed the metal barriers once and began pushing up against the riot shields and the Secret Service officers. The protestors pushed hard enough that some officers walked away with minor injuries.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called for calm following a night of fires and outrage over the death of George Floyd.

He tweeted: “Minnesotans are asking for and deserve confidence that we can respond to this crisis, and we will.”