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Police and protesters clashed in Minneapolis yesterday, leaving no injuries, but badly bruising a police precinct.

Protesters have been confronting police in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being detained by police. Viral video of the arrest shows an officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, as Floyd says he cannot breathe.

Floyd later lost consciousness and died at the hospital.

Subsequently, the police involved in the incident were terminated by the department.

“What occurred last night was certainly very tragic, and very sad,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in a news conference yesterday.

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” added Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.”

Both the FBI and the state are investigating the death of Floyd.

The attorney for the Floyd family has hired Benjamin Crump, the same lawyer representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, according to the attorney’s Twitter announcement:

Protestors gathered outside the 3rd precinct where they believed the officers involved in Floyd’s death worked. Although the police department did not release the officer’s names, they had been leaked to the press and to the protestors.

Local Minneapolis Fox affiliate cameras show about a hundred protestors gathered outside the precinct. Some are throwing rocks through the precinct windows, others are defacing police cars, some are attempting to bring down a fence surrounding the precinct.  

Other video shows officers attempting to disperse the crowd by throwing tear gas canisters with protestors responding by attempting to pelt the officers with objects.

Floyd’s death marks the 11th fatal arrest by the Minneapolis police in 10 years, some of them highly controversial.

In 2010, David Smith, who suffered from bi-polar disorder, suffocated and died in police custody after being tasered, when police responded to a harassment complaint.

In 2015, Jamar Clark was shot in the head while being confronted by police. Police contend that he tried to grab a police service weapon, other contend he was handcuffed. The shooting occasioned weeks of protest outside Minneapolis police 4th precinct.

In 2017, Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot and killed after calling in a possible sexual assault. Police mistook her for an assailant and shot her when she attempted to meet the officers outside.

Body cameras and other evidence has been turned over to the state investigators in the Floyd investigation.  

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