Violent protests rock Minneapolis following death of man in police custody

May 28, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Protests rocked Minneapolis for the second straight night Wednesday after a man’s death in police custody.

One person was killed in what police were investigating as a homicide amidst violence that included looting and setting fires.

The protests began outside the police precinct in the part of Minneapolis where 46-year-old George Floyd (pictured) died on Memorial Day.

Four Minneapolis officers were fired after video footage showed one of them kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck until he became unresponsive. 

The mayor of Minneapolis says criminal charges should be filed against the police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of Floyd.

Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in Floyd’s death.

Video recorded by a bystander shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd gasps for breath on the ground with his face against the pavement.

The mayor says he saw nothing to justify that kind of force.

Chauvin and three other officers were fired the day after Floyd died.