Anger after George Floyd’s “painfully familiar” death in Minneapolis

Minneapolis was the scene of clashes between protesters and law enforcement on Tuesday, May 26. The day before, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, had died after a muscular arrest, the violence of which was “Unjustified, unbearable and scandalous”, according to the American press.

Indignation over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American suspected of having used a counterfeit bill in a supermarket, spilled out onto the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday May 26.

Thousands of people, “Many of whom wear masks” according to Star Tribune, marched peacefully from the site where Floyd had been arrested by police the day before. As we can see on the video of NowThis News below (shocking images), an officer had pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, despite protests from the latter, “Who couldn’t breathe”.

On the evening of May 26, clashes broke out between protesters and police in riot gear. During the demonstration, the crowd chanted “I can not breathe” and asked that the police involved “Be quickly prosecuted”, indicates the Star Tribune.

The FBI announced an investigation on Tuesday, and Minneapolis police fired the agent who kept George Floyd on the ground along with three other officers “Who were there”, reports the local daily in another article.

For the New york times, these latest developments may not have been possible before the mobile phone era.

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Nicolas Coisplet

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