Protests spread in US following arrestee's death

By MAY ZHOU in Houston | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-06-01 06:50
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People loot property during nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California, US, May 30, 2020. Picture taken May 30, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

More than 25 cities in 16 states had imposed curfews as of Saturday.

Floyd, who was black, died after police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was pinned to the ground following his arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chauvin was fired on Tuesday along with the three other officers involved in the incident. He was taken into custody on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Floyd's death fueled anger across the nation. Protests first turned violent in Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in looting and burning.

Despite mobilization of the National Guard, Minneapolis saw more violence, clashes with police and destruction of property on Friday night.

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