Young people lining up outside to loot businesses. Buildings ransacked, set on fire, an air sometimes saturated with smoke and ashes, charred cars. The night is crossed by white clouds of tear gas. In the background, the sirens of firefighters and police, soundtrack of the clashes in Minneapolis, the intensity of which increases every day, at the same time as the anger of the demonstrators against the police. George Floyd’s death awakened wounds that had never healed. On Monday, the 46-year-old African-American died just after his brutal arrest by the police, who suspected him of wanting to sell a forged 20 dollar bill. During the procedure, he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white officer who kept his knee on his neck for long minutes. “I can not breathe», We hear him say on a video of the scene, filmed by a passer-by and gone viral. Then he stops talking, and comes to a complete stop.
The four policemen
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Isabelle Hanne Special Envoy to Minneapolis