Protesters clash with police after former officer is charged in George Floyd’s death

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protests continued Friday evening in Minneapolis and other cities across the country, including New York City, Atlanta and Washington.

Arrests were made in New York City as hundreds of protesters fanned out around Lower Manhattan. In Brooklyn, officers struggled with demonstrators, holding some down on the ground, amid screams.

In Atlanta, large crowds gathered at the CNN Center. Some protesters sprayed graffiti on the giant red letters outside the headquarters, while other smashed windows and threw rocks at the building before the crowds were pushed down the street by police. Soon after, a police vehicle caught fire near the building.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon.
  • The Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced it has “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” in the preliminary results of Floyd’s autopsy.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are under an overnight curfew this weekend, according to an order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The curfew is in effect Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Roseville, Minn., which neighbors the Twin Cities, is also under a weekend overnight curfew.
  • Chauvin had previously shot one suspect, was involved in the fatal shooting of another, and received at least 17 complaints during his nearly two decades with the Minneapolis Police Department, according to police records and archived news reports. He also previously served in the military.
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered an emotional plea during a news conference with civil rights leaders Friday night, imploring protesters to “go home” as violence and vandalism erupted in her city. ““This is not a protest,” Bottoms said. “This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is chaos.”
  • President Trump denied that the phrase he used in early morning tweets, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” was meant as a threat. He distanced himself from the history of the phrase and said in a tweet what meant was he hadn’t wanted anyone else to get hurt.

Source: Washington post

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