The protests continued on the second day after a black American in the USA was left breathless due to the police stopping on the street and detained while striking his throat with his knee.
In the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, demonstrators began gathering on Wednesday near the place where the incident occurred. The demonstrators clashed with the police, who intervened with plastic bullets and tear gas.
The demonstrators covering their faces gathered in the streets near the police station near the place where the incident took place. The demonstrators shouted “No justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe”. As the night progressed, the demonstrators, whose numbers reached thousands, lived in front of the police station with the officers.
Police stationed on some rooftops and used tear gas and plastic bullets to suppress the demonstrators. The demonstrators threw stones at the police and threw the tear gas capsules back.
While small fires broke out in the area, it was observed that a layer of smoke covered the city on Thursday in the morning. Demonstrators looted the branch of Target stores chain in the region. During the incident, the police did not interfere with the demonstrators. The security cameras of the store were reflected by the demonstrators emptying the shelves and spraying the store walls with spray paint.
The demonstrations also spread to the state of California. Hundreds of demonstrators closing a highway in Los Angeles also broke the windows of patrol vehicles.
Trump: “I instructed the FBI”
President Donald Trump after the incident, which was met not only by blacks, but by many, in the country, via Twitter. I wanted this investigation to be accelerated. I also appreciate all the work of the law enforcers. ”
“Please Mineapolis, we cannot allow the tragedy to lead to other tragedies,” Minneapolis Mayor said in a Twitter post on Thursday.
Frey asked Governor Tim Walz to deploy the National Guard. However, no explanation has been made yet from the Governor’s office. Walz also called for calm with a Twitter message he wrote on Wednesday night and asked the city residents to leave the region by saying “It is a very dangerous situation” for the violence during the demonstrations.
In the city of Minneapolis on Wednesday night, authorities found a person injured with a bullet lying on the floor during the protests. This person later died in the district hospital. The cause of the incident has not been clarified yet, but a suspect was reportedly in custody.
After the video of the arcade between Minneapolis police and Floyd appeared, Mayor Frey asked Hennepin county prosecutor Mike Freeman to be charged against the officer who made the arrest.
The identity of the officers involved in the incident was revealed
Authorities announced the names of the four police officers involved in the incident as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng, but it was not specified which of these four policemen pressed the knee to Floyd’s neck.
In a statement made by the police union, it was stated that the mentioned officers cooperated with the investigation and called for not to hurry to reach a judgment. Union ” We have to watch the whole video. We should wait for the medical examination report. ”
The statement made by the district prosecutor’s office also stated how to decide how to act after the investigators have completed their investigation.
The incident recalled the death of black American Eric Garner, who died in New York in 2014, while he was unarmed, and died during police custody. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe”, became the motto of the Black Lives Matter movement.
LeBron James is also one of those who react
There were also reactions from black basketball players to the event. LeBron James, one of the star players of the American Basketball League (NBA), shared a photo of American football player Colin Kaepernick from Instagram, which protested racism and police violence while the national anthem was being read, and said, “ Do you understand now or is it still not clear? ? ” he wrote.
This move of former American football player Kaepernick spread among other players in a short period of time, and it was the reaction of President Donald Trump.
American football player Odell Beckham Jr. and basketball player Lisa Leslie was among those who reacted to the event on social media.
The incident occurred with images recorded by the eyewitness
Caught with alleged fraud in the city of Minneapolis, black suspect George Floyd was left breathless by the police trying to detain him. In the incident, which was witnessed by an eyewitness, a white policeman had placed George Floyd on the ground to detain him for his homosexuality due to the complaint of “forgery.”
The police, having pressed the knee around Floyd’s neck, waiting for the other teams, had a great reaction from passersby. In the incident, which some eyewitnesses were viewing on their phones, the handcuffed black suspect repeatedly begged on the floor saying, “Please, I can’t breathe, please,” and after a while, the police did not knee.
After a while, the first aid teams made the first intervention to Lloyd in the ambulance, but the suspect died in the hospital where he was removed.
During the investigation into the death, it was announced that four police officers involved were fired.