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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LOS ANGELES, California, UNITED STATES : LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 31: U.S. National Guard troops keep watch next to a sign reading 'No Justice No Peace' in the Fairfax District, an area damaged during yesterday's unrest, after being activated by California Governor Gavin Newsom following violent demonstrations in response to George Floys death on May 31, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. [Photo/Agencies]

In Los Angeles, a police car was set on fire on Saturday afternoon. Police were seen swinging batons and firing rubber bullets at protesters as they tried to push back demonstrators.

In Houston, where Floyd grew up, protests also turned violent on Friday night. Police officers were injured and more than 100 people were arrested.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner activated the city's Office of Emergency Management to ensure that employees in various offices were prepared to respond. Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed 1,500 Department of Public Safety officers to four Texas cities, including Houston.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz urged residents to stay home during a briefing on Saturday. He activated the Minnesota National Guard and declared an 8 pm curfew.

Walz said a spike in COVID-19 cases is likely following the protests of the past few days.

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