Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze

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A protester carries the US flag next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: State police in body armor and riot gear lined up Friday morning near a Minneapolis police station that has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday.

Buildings burn as protesters gather outside the 3rd Precinct. Source: Getty Images

A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe.

Donning protective helmets with face shields and carrying batons, lots of police stood near the site littered with debris after a night of confrontations and sprayed mace at protesters who got too close. The protesters responded by throwing projectiles at the officers as others fled.

Fires raged overnight in Minneapolis as crowds shattered windows and charged over a fence to get access to 3rd Police Precinct. Angry protesters chanted George Floyd’s name and “I can’t breathe,” marching past buildings engulfed in smoke and orange flames.

Minneapolis police gathered in a large number to handle the protest. Source: CNN

President Donald Trump said “thugs” were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order.

The incident has added to anger over police killings of black Americans, including Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

Mr Floyd’s family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges while prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence.

Meanwhile, a CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested while they were on live air by Minnesota state police officers on Friday morning, apparently because they did not move on when instructed. The authorities said the crew was “released once they were confirmed to be members of the media,” but CNN disputed that characterization, saying, “Our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists.”

The team was released an hour later after the governor apologised for the arrest.

There have also been demonstrations in other US cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Chicago, Phoenix and Memphis.

Mr Trump tweeted: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter accused the President of glorifying violence in that post.

What is the latest in Minneapolis?

Buildings have been burned to the ground or looted in the last few days. Protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis police department’s 3rd Precinct on Thursday, the epicentre of the unrest.

Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd. But the cordon around the police station, which is near where Mr Floyd died, was breached by protesters, who set fire to it and two other nearby buildings as the officers withdrew.

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