Civil unrest rages in Minneapolis as Trump calls protesters 'thugs'

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Minneapolis sees third night of arson and vandalism as protests over the death of unarmed black man at hands of a police officer spread across US

Thousands of demonstrators gather near the Minneapolis Police third precinct during the third day of demonstrations in response to the death of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, May 28, 2020.

In contrast with Wednesday night, when rock-throwing demonstrators clashed repeatedly with police in riot gear, law enforcement kept a low profile around the epicentre of the unrest, outside the city's Third Precinct police station. It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street by the neck.

Once more likely to hew to the “blue lives matter” mantra, Trump and his allies have been questioning an officer’s conduct and calling for justice for Floyd. The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he, too, was heard to mutter, "I can't breathe."

Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said Floyd's case was like "opening up an old wound, and pouring salt into it".At a morning news briefing, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo publicly apologised to Floyd's family, conceding his department had contributed to a "deficit of hope" in Minneapolis.

 

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