NewsUSA and CanadaGeorge Floyd’s Murder is triggering Violent Unrest across the U.S

    George Floyd’s Murder is triggering Violent Unrest across the U.S

    As police across the U.S struggle to control violent protesters over the murder of George Floyd by some Minneapolis police team, the tragedy has transformed into wanton destruction.

    Floyd’s murder has reignited U.S anger over police brutality of black Americans, and brought racial discrimination to the fore.

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    The BBC reports that Portland, Atlanta, New York as well as other cities experienced violence, while the White House was temporarily shut.

    Derek Chauvin who was videoed kneeling on the neck of Floyd, who is black, on Monday with three other officers have been dismissed from the police. Derek expected to attend a Minneapolis court session on Monday.

    President Donald Trump calls the event horrible and says he has sent condolence messages to the late Floyd’s family, whom he described as awesome.

    Floyd’s death is similar to those of Michael Brown, Eric Turner and several others recorded since the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement became popular.

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    Minnesota is at the epicenter of Floyd’s murder protests with curfews enforced in St. Paul and Minneapolis from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    Protesters violated the State’s order on Friday with blazing fire from burning automobiles seen in some spots where firemen were initially unable to access.

    TV images also highlighted looting in Minneapolis, with very scanty police presence.

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    The Star Tribune reports that National Guard troops and police only started moving in large numbers at about midnight. Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz, in an early morning press release called the protests chaotic and strange.

    Walz, when criticized about police absence on the streets, said he accepts the blame for underrating the size of the protesters and the harm they were capable of carrying out.

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    He says the use of National Guards is historical and admits the protesters are numerically greater than the crowd control personnel. The governor complained many protesting citizens do not even act like the stay-at-home order is something that is for the good of the American public.

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon has mobilized the military on stand-by for possible deployment.

    On Friday evening, crowds assembled in the neighborhood of the White House waving photographs of Floyd and chanting his last words.

    The detailed post-mortem examination by the county medical investigator has not been released, but the complaint asserts he did not notice any evidence of strangulation.

    The medical examination stated Floyd suffers from heart-related problems and the presence of these potential intoxicants in his system and being restrained by the officers likely caused his death.

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    The report spotted Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, almost 3 minutes of which was after Floyd stopped responding.

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    Almost 2 minutes before he took out his knee the other officers observed Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse but could not find one. He was conveyed to the Hennepin County Medical Facility inside an ambulance and certified dead about 60 minutes later.

    The handbook for the Minnesota State police says in the course of arrest, it is acceptable for police officers to grab a person’s neck without much press on the airway could place a knee in its use-of-force policy. This is called a non-deadly-force alternative.

    Footage of the arrest-gone sour does not show the start of the problem, but it shows a white policeman kneeling on Floyd’s neck, pinning him down.

    Although, she did not state if the two knew each other, a former operator of a local nightclub said both the deceased and Chauvin served as bouncers at her South Minneapolis outlet up until 2019.

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    Also, The Indian Express reports that Floyd’s I-can’t-breathe plea prompts comparisons between his death and Eric Garner’s murder in 2014. Garner, an African-American man, had made the same speech over 10 times in a chokehold by a New York City policeman prior to his death.

    According to a 2016 research organized by The Guardian, the incidence of police brutality for every 1 million persons was highest for Native American (10.13) and Black (6.6) racial groups, while that of whites stood at 2.9.

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    Similarly, a Washington Post research indicated African Americans were 2.5 times more susceptible to being murdered by policemen than white people.

    Al Jazeera reports that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey discouraged citizens from burning down their own city as firefighters attempted to quench the inferno on Saturday.

    The Department of Fire, Minneapolis, also reported that it had been contacted and it had mobilized to help fight fires in about 30 spots such as a Japanese restaurant, an Office Depot and a Wells Fargo bank. Many burned for hours, while firemen could not access the buildings because their security could not be guaranteed.

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    CBS News’s White House correspondent, Fin Gomez, noted Secret Service officers were dispersing the protesters as some had attempted breaching barricades in the area.

    The Associated Press News Agency said the Pentagon has instructed the army to mobilize military police ahead of deployment to Minneapolis.

    The news agency citing three persons having direct knowledge of the orders, remarked soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours when summoned.

    Soldiers in Fort Carson and Fort Riley have been instructed to be ready within 24 hours.

    Bazezew Zerihun
    Bazezew Zerihun
    Bazezew Zerihun is the Founder, CEO & EDITOR IN CHIEF of Awutar. He lives in Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. By profession, he is Blogger, Content Writer, Web Designer, and Developer. If you want to get in touch with him write via: [email protected]


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