Thousands of people protested Tuesday night in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) over the death by police of the young black George Floyd that occurred 24 hours earlier.
The protest started at the location of Floyd’s death and ended in front of a nearby police station, where riot police fired gas and rubber balls at protesters after some damage, according to local newspaper The Star Tribune.
The protesters marched to the cry “I can’t breathe!”, The same one that Floyd uttered while one of the officers held him immobilized for minutes with his knee on his neck.
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who represents the city of Minneapolis, said “what is happening tonight in the city is shameful”, urging the Police to “act in moderation” and give “space to heal the community .
“Shooting rubber balls and tear gas at unarmed protesters when children are present should not be tolerated. Never », he affirmed.
For his part, Minneapolis Councilman Jeremiah Ellison called the police action “disgusting.”
“Until now, I have not been able to prevent the Police shooting indiscriminately against the crowd,” said Ellison, who explained that he was helping the protesters: “A few moments ago, I held a towel to the head of a teenage girl while blood was running ».
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday afternoon the firing of four police officers involved in the events that led to Floyd’s death, including the uniformed man who appears in the videos with his knee on his neck.
“Being African American in the United States should not be a death sentence,” Frey said.
Several passers-by witnessed the events that occurred on Monday with Floyd, which made it possible for videos to spread quickly on social networks. Police had detained him on suspicion of trying to use a fake $ 20 bill at a supermarket.
Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, ”Floyd, 40, is heard as the man is dying.
Both the FBI and state authorities in Minnesota have launched an investigation into the events. .