Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas as Minneapolis protests over George Floyd death turn violent

by Laura Mize · May 27th, 2020 12:58 pm
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Last Updated May 30th, 2020 at 7:59 am

Minneapolis protests that began peacefully Tuesday over the death of George Floyd took a turbulent turn that night, as more demonstrators joined the movement and some took violent action.

A group of protesters gathered outside the police department's third precinct headquarters, with some throwing rocks at the building and police vehicles. They also threw beverage bottles and shouted at the officers.

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Police responded by firing stun grenades and tear gas to break up the group.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has said police were "firing indiscriminately into the crowd."

Police apprehended Floyd on Monday after someone from a grocery store called police to report he had provided a check with a forged signature as payment. A video taken outside by a bystander shows four police officers gathered around while Floyd lay on the ground. One officer knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes, while Floyd shouts "I cannot breathe" and "don't kill me." Floyd died at a hospital around 9:30 Monday night. The four officers involved were fired Tuesday.

The police department has said Floyd was resisting arrest and was intoxicated. The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating Floyd's death.


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