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George Floyd death: Man shot dead in Detroit as protests spread

Donald Trump has put the Army on notice to be deployed to US streets for the first time since the 1992 LA riots as Minneapolis erupted for the fourth night and violent protests intensified over the killing of George Floyd.

A 19-year-old protester was shot dead in Detroit last night, while soldiers in North Carolina and in New York have been ordered to be ready to move in within four hours and troops in Colorado and Kansas within 24 hours.

Police said the man was killed after shots were fired at a crowd of people near Detroit’s Greektown entertainment district last night with dozens of protesters out on the streets, but officers were not involved in the shooting.

The suspect pulled up to the crowd in a Dodge Durango and fired shots at around 11.30pm, and the man was pronounced dead in hospital. No details about who fired the shots were immediately available, police said.

Crowds took to the streets in the city after former officer Derek Chauvin was charged with murder over the death of Mr Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed and pleaded for air as an officer pressed his knee on his neck.

In Detroit last night, officers – many in riot gear – confronted the protesters in the Michigan city and formed lines across streets. Dozens of arrests were made and police said many were not Detroit residents.

By midnight, the crowd had thinned considerably as police shot canisters of gas toward the protesters. The demonstration began earlier in the day and was peaceful as protesters marched by Detroit Police Headquarters.

‘We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don’t represent this city,’ Police Chief James Craig said. The number of arrests and injuries is not yet available.

The move to put the Army on a short-term notice comes after the US President asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options in tackling the escalating civil unrest spreading across America, according to sources.

Overnight, Mr Trump also commented on a tweet by Former Democrats for Trump about how Minneapolis was ruled by Democrats, saying: ‘Time for a change! #2020’, which was retweeted more than 25,000 times.

It comes as violent protests demanding justice for Mr Floyd spread across the US last night, with the CNN headquarters under siege in Atlanta, New York police officers fending off rioters from a police precinct in Brooklyn and the White House forced to go into lockdown as demonstrators tried to scale the walls.

Looting and fires broke out again in Minneapolis as protesters defied the state curfew and the National Guard failed to keep the city under control.

The protests have now reached all corners of America with break-off demonstrations springing up across states including New York, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia as the arrest of the white cop who knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck has done little to quell the anger over the black man’s death.  

Chaos exploded in Atlanta as demonstrators stormed and destroyed the CNN headquarters and fired a smoke bomb at cops trying to form a barrier to keep them out. 

In New York City, shocking footage showed an NYPD officer hurling a female protester to the ground in Brooklyn, while officers defended a police precinct amid fears it would be torched.

The White House was forced to go into temporary lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service agents and burned American flags outside the seat of the government.  

Minneapolis: Looting and fires broke out again in Minneapolis as protesters defied the state curfew and the National Guard failed to keep the city under control

Minneapolis: A check-cashing business burns to the ground during protests Friday, as the Pentagon puts the military police on alert to send to the ravaged city

Minneapolis: A check-cashing business burns to the ground during protests Friday, as the Pentagon puts the military police on alert to send to the ravaged city

Oakland: Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland, California, yesterday

Oakland: Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland, California, yesterday

Portland: Policemen walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Oregon, yesterday as violence escalated in the downtown area

Portland: Policemen walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Oregon, yesterday as violence escalated in the downtown area

Detroit: Police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

Detroit: Police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

Los Angeles: Protesters light a fire in the middle of the street during a protest in downtown Los Angeles last night

Los Angeles: Protesters light a fire in the middle of the street during a protest in downtown Los Angeles last night

Atlanta: The CNN headquarters bore some of the brunt of the outrage as demonstrators vandalized the media firm's logo, scrawled profanities on the building and smashed up its windows

Atlanta: The CNN headquarters bore some of the brunt of the outrage as demonstrators vandalized the media firm’s logo, scrawled profanities on the building and smashed up its windows

Atlanta: This came just hours after black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live on air Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while covering the Minneapolis protests

Atlanta: This came just hours after black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live on air Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while covering the Minneapolis protests

Brooklyn, New York: A burning police vehicle near the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough

Brooklyn, New York: A burning police vehicle near the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough

Brooklyn, New York: Thousands of cops took to the streets of Brooklyn in violent clashes with protesters

Brooklyn, New York: Thousands of cops took to the streets of Brooklyn in violent clashes with protesters 

Washington DC: US Secret Service form a line outside the White House as protesters attempt to breach their barricade

Washington DC: US Secret Service form a line outside the White House as protesters attempt to breach their barricade

Washington DC: The White House was forced to go into temporary lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service agents and burned American flags outside the seat of the government

Washington DC: The White House was forced to go into temporary lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service agents and burned American flags outside the seat of the government

As unrest spread across dozens of American cities Friday, Trump gave the bold order to ready the Army for deployment to Minneapolis.  

The get-ready orders were sent verbally Friday, after Trump asked Esper to come up with rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to a senior Pentagon official who was on the call.

The last time the White House evoked these powers was in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.

The National Guard was activated in Georgia late Friday night with as many as 500 troops deployed to Atlanta and a state of emergency issued after rioters destroyed the CNN HQ and looted a luxury shopping mall. 

The CNN headquarters bore much of the brunt of the outrage as demonstrators vandalized the media firm’s logo, scrawled profanities on the building and smashed up its windows.

A standoff between cops and protesters escalated into the night as dozens of cops in riot gear formed a barricade inside the doors while protesters hurled objects at the building. 

A smoke bomb was thrown at police at one point and at least one officer was injured after they were struck by a missile of some sort. 

This came just hours after black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested live on air Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while covering the Minneapolis protests.   

Jimenez was put in handcuffs and led away from his team of producers this morning at 5.11am CT after the team was moved down the street by police in riot gear. 

According to one of his colleagues, the crew was told he was being arrested for refusing to move when he’d been told to but he was heard live on air telling officers he was with CNN.  

Minneapolis: Protesters pose for photos in front of a burning building near the fifth police precinct in Minneapolis yesterday

Minneapolis: Protesters pose for photos in front of a burning building near the fifth police precinct in Minneapolis yesterday

Detroit police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

Detroit police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

A protester scrambles to escape a cloud of tear gas in Detroit, Michigan, during the demonstrations last night

A protester scrambles to escape a cloud of tear gas in Detroit, Michigan, during the demonstrations last night

Protesters sit in front of a line of police officers in Detroit, Michigan, last night during demonstrations over the death

Protesters sit in front of a line of police officers in Detroit, Michigan, last night during demonstrations over the death

A Stop N Shop convenience store is destroyed and on fire as the protests continue last night  in Minneapolis, Minnesota

A Stop N Shop convenience store is destroyed and on fire as the protests continue last night  in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Atlanta: A man wearing a 'Purge' mask runs in front of a burning police car

Atlanta: A man wearing a ‘Purge’ mask runs in front of a burning police car 

Atlanta: Police cruisers were set on fire as hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Atlanta

 Atlanta: Police cruisers were set on fire as hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Atlanta 

Atlanta: A police cruiser is engulfed in flames outside the CNN HQ while protesters watch

Atlanta: A police cruiser is engulfed in flames outside the CNN HQ while protesters watch  

Atlanta: Rioters scrawl 'oink' on the windows of the CNN HQ which was under siege Friday night

Atlanta: Rioters scrawl ‘oink’ on the windows of the CNN HQ which was under siege Friday night 

Atlanta: Protesters burn an American flag outside the CNN Center on Friday

Atlanta: Protesters burn an American flag outside the CNN Center on Friday

Atlanta: A police car burns after protesters marched to the Georgia State Capitol and returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center

Atlanta: A police car burns after protesters marched to the Georgia State Capitol and returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center

Atlanta: A man hurls rocks through the windows of the CNN HQ in Georgia

Atlanta: A man hurls rocks through the windows of the CNN HQ in Georgia

Atlanta: Police form a barricade inside the building as a rioter hurls a firecracker at them

Atlanta: Police form a barricade inside the building as a rioter hurls a firecracker at them 

Atlanta: A man holds a Black Lives Matter banner as the air fills with smoke

Atlanta: A man holds a Black Lives Matter banner as the air fills with smoke 

Atlanta: A man is detained by police during the protest. Tensions have mounted in the state after Floyd's death which comes less than a month after footage of Ahmaud Arbery being killed by a white cop in Georgia also sent shockwaves

Atlanta: A man is detained by police during the protest. Tensions have mounted in the state after Floyd’s death which comes less than a month after footage of Ahmaud Arbery being killed by a white cop in Georgia also sent shockwaves 

Atlanta: After a march to the Georgia State Capitol, protesters confront police officers after returning to the area around the CNN center in Atlanta

Atlanta: After a march to the Georgia State Capitol, protesters confront police officers after returning to the area around the CNN center in Atlanta

The Atlanta protest began peacefully before it descended into chaos when some demonstrators hurled bricks, bottles and milk cartons at police cruisers.   

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms slammed their actions at a press conference Friday, saying: ‘If you care about this city then go home.’ 

A luxury shopping mall was also targeted by looters late into the night when some moved on from downtown Atlanta and headed north to Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead. 

Governor Brian Kemp activated the National Guard to the state capital late Friday as the rioting escalated. 

Brooklyn, New York: An NYPD van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell

Brooklyn, New York: An NYPD van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell

Brooklyn, New York: An NYPD officer walks past a burning van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell

Brooklyn, New York: An NYPD officer walks past a burning van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell

Brooklyn, New York: Police officers block off DeKalb Avenue as a police vehicle burn

Brooklyn, New York: Police officers block off DeKalb Avenue as a police vehicle burn

Brooklyn, New York: In New York, the NYPD clashed fiercely with protesters Friday night as thousands of cops took to the streets and hundreds of protesters descended on the 88 precinct in Brooklyn as night fell

Brooklyn, New York: In New York, the NYPD clashed fiercely with protesters Friday night as thousands of cops took to the streets and hundreds of protesters descended on the 88 precinct in Brooklyn as night fell

Brooklyn, New York: A protester is put on a bus after being arrested outside the Barclays Center

Brooklyn, New York: A protester is put on a bus after being arrested outside the Barclays Center 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled across the city to the protest as he tweeted saying there would be a 'full review' of the night's events after footage emerged on social media of cops being violent towards protesters

'We have a long night ahead of us in Brooklyn. Our sole focus is deescalating this situation and getting people home safe. There will be a full review of what happened tonight. We don’t ever want to see another night like this,' de Blasio tweeted

Brooklyn, New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled across the city to the protest as he tweeted saying there would be a ‘full review’ of the night’s events after footage emerged on social media of cops being violent towards protesters

Brooklynm: Shocking footage showed an officer throwing a woman to the ground

Brooklynm: Shocking footage showed an officer throwing a woman to the ground

In New York, the NYPD clashed fiercely with protesters Friday night as thousands of cops took to the streets and hundreds of protesters descended on the 88th precinct in Brooklyn. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled across the city to the protest as he tweeted saying there would be a ‘full review’ of the night’s events after footage emerged on social media of cops being violent towards protesters. 

‘We have a long night ahead of us in Brooklyn. Our sole focus is deescalating this situation and getting people home safe. There will be a full review of what happened tonight. We don’t ever want to see another night like this,’ de Blasio tweeted.  

Outside the Barclays Center stadium in Brooklyn, a peaceful protest turned violent when NYPD officers sprayed mace into the crowds while demonstrators set fire to banners and pushed to break through metal barricades. 

The crowds moved toward the 88th precinct with officers forced to defend the station for fear of similar scenes to those seen at the precinct in Minneapolis Thursday – where cops were forced to flee when protesters stormed the building, set it alight and cut off the gas lines.    

Minneapolis: Heavy machinery is seen on fire during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd

Minneapolis: Heavy machinery is seen on fire during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd

Minneapolis: Residents defied the curfew and came out for the fourth night and torched buildings

Minneapolis: Residents defied the curfew and came out for the fourth night and torched buildings 

Minneapolis: A protester holds their hand up in a fist amid calls for justice for the 46-year-old father of two

Minneapolis: A protester holds their hand up in a fist amid calls for justice for the 46-year-old father of two

Minneapolis: People run during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody

Minneapolis: People run during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody

Minneapolis: People loot a Wells Fargo ATM despite the curfew and National Guard presence

Minneapolis: People loot a Wells Fargo ATM despite the curfew and National Guard presence 

Minneapolis: A convenience store is looted and a building is on fire as chaos continues into the fourth night

Minneapolis: A convenience store is looted and a building is on fire as chaos continues into the fourth night 

Minneapolis: Boarded up doors and windows have been ripped down as people emerge from stores damaged other nights with snacks

Minneapolis: Boarded up doors and windows have been ripped down as people emerge from stores damaged other nights with snacks

Minneapolis: A convenience store is left ransacked by looters overnight Friday

Minneapolis: A convenience store is left ransacked by looters overnight Friday 

Minneapolis: A looter smashes up a burning liquor store with a bat as Governor Walz urged residents to comply with the curfew

Minneapolis: A looter smashes up a burning liquor store with a bat as Governor Walz urged residents to comply with the curfew 

Minneapolis: Looting and fires broke out again in Minneapolis as protesters defied the state curfew and the National Guard failed to keep the city under control

Shocking footage showed an officer throwing a woman the ground. The video was posted on social media of the cop appearing to walk to the woman and throw her violently to the floor.

It was reported that the woman had to seek medical attention following the incident. 

An MTA bus driver refused to drive protesters away from the scene after police officers commandeered the vehicle and started placing arrested New Yorkers on it. 

This came after violent clashes broke out in Union Square in Manhattan between cops and protesters during the day.  

Shocking footage shows one officer beating a protester to the point that he breaks his baton on the man as other cops try to apprehend people in the crowded Manhattan area. 

Another clip shows officers pushing people to the ground as protesters try to help others from the grasps of the authorities. Some police can be heard telling others to back up.  

Washington DC: The protests have reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown for a brief time Friday night

Washington DC: The protests have reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown for a brief time Friday night

Washington DC: Secret Service agents form a line outside the White House and push protesters back with their shields

Washington DC: Secret Service agents form a line outside the White House and push protesters back with their shields 

Washington DC: Protesters hold signs as they gather outside the White House

Washington DC: Protesters hold signs as they gather outside the White House

Washington DC: Violence has erupted across the US for a fourth night Friday, with protesters gathering at the home of US democracy Washington DC

Washington DC: Violence has erupted across the US for a fourth night Friday, with protesters gathering at the home of US democracy Washington DC

Washington DC: Police officers tackle a protesters to the ground as people gather outside the White House

Washington DC: Police officers tackle a protesters to the ground as people gather outside the White House

Washington DC: People hold aloft signs reading 'Terrorist in the White House' and 'Stop killer cops'

Washington DC: People hold aloft signs reading ‘Terrorist in the White House’ and ‘Stop killer cops’ 

Washington DC: Crowds followed law enforcement and the man to the jail and staged another protest outside – this one calling for a medic for the man after he was seen with blood pouring down his face, sparking renewed fears over police brutality and for the safety of a man held in custody

Washington DC: The White House went into lockdown as one protester above tried to scale the walls

Washington DC: The White House went into lockdown as one protester above tried to scale the walls

Washington DC: The man detained by Secret Service agents outside the White House is covered in blood

Washington DC: The man detained by Secret Service agents outside the White House is covered in blood

The protests reached the seat of the US government Friday night, with demonstrators marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown for a brief time Friday night. 

Secret Service officers stopped anyone entering the White House grounds, where President Trump is currently in residence, after a demonstrator tried to scale the fence in Lafayette Park to get inside. 

The man was manhandled by Secret Service out of the park and taken into custody at the Treasury Annex.

Crowds followed law enforcement and the man to the jail and staged another protest outside – this one calling for a medic for the man after he was seen with blood pouring down his face, sparking renewed fears over police brutality and for the safety of a man held in police custody. 

Secret Service agents were also seen physically pushing demonstrators back after some pushed down metal railings while a police cruiser was seen burning in the road after it was torched by rioters. 

As Trump sits securely locked inside the grounds, outrage continues to boil over his Tweets warning protesters that ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts.’ 

Louisville, Kentucky: Tensions mounted between law enforcement and protesters for a second night

Louisville, Kentucky: Tensions mounted between law enforcement and protesters for a second night

Louisville, Kentucky: Police in riot gear form a wall against protesters marching over the death of Breonna Taylor

Louisville, Kentucky: Police in riot gear form a wall against protesters marching over the death of Breonna Taylor 

Louisville, Kentucky: Officials said the groups were larger than the previous night

Louisville, Kentucky: Officials said the groups were larger than the previous night

Louisville, Kentucky: People huddle as they are struck by pepper-balls fired by police during a protest against the deaths of Breonna Taylor

Louisville, Kentucky: People huddle as they are struck by pepper-balls fired by police during a protest against the deaths of Breonna Taylor

The lockdown was lifted around 8:30p.m. and as of 11p.m. Trump was yet to break his silence on the matter on Twitter.  

Over in Minneapolis, protesters have been running rampant for the past three nights in a show of outrage that has seen a suspected looter shot dead in the street, a Minneapolis police precinct stormed and set alight, and the city up in flames as businesses and stores were looted and torched.  

Amid fears that the chaos was entering a fourth night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday signed an emergency order mandating that residents stay home from the hours of 8p.m. to 6a.m. and giving cops the power to arrest anyone who refused to comply.

The state order came after the twin cities imposed curfews starting at 8p.m. Friday in efforts to bring the rioting and destruction under control. 

Los Angeles: A protester is seen - wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 - while smashing up a police car

Los Angeles: A protester is seen – wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 – while smashing up a police car

Los Angeles: As night fell, protesters and police continued to clash on a highay

Los Angeles: As night fell, protesters and police continued to clash on a highay

Los Angeles, California: A protester is detained by police officers as hundreds gathered demanding justice for Floyd

Los Angeles, California: A protester is detained by police officers as hundreds gathered demanding justice for Floyd

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced a nighttime curfew barring anyone other than essential workers and public safety personnel from being in public places across the city from 8p.m. through to 6 a.m. local time and lasting for the weekend. 

This was quickly followed by the neighboring cities of Roseville and St. Paul which declared their own emergency orders and curfews.

But this failed to keep Minneapolis under control with protesters defying the curfew and convenience stores looted.

With law enforcement nowhere to be seen, around 350 troops were finally sent in after midnight – hours after chaos ensued once again despite both the city and state insisting that the response would be ramped up Friday.   

Las Vegas: Over in Sin City, hundreds of protesters took over parts of the Las Vegas Strip Friday night

Las Vegas: Over in Sin City, hundreds of protesters took over parts of the Las Vegas Strip Friday night

Las Vegas: Demonstrators and police officers were seen in a standoff at multiple intersections of the strip where casinos continue to stay shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic

Las Vegas: Demonstrators and police officers were seen in a standoff at multiple intersections of the strip where casinos continue to stay shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Minneapolis Department of Public Safety said 350 troopers had been deployed to the city’s 5th precinct to disperse protesters and enforce the curfew late Friday. 

This came after Walz on Friday admitted an ‘abject failure’ by law enforcement in trying to control crowds Thursday night.  

On Thursday, as tensions in the city boiled all day, the National Guard started putting in motion plans to intervene to help local law enforcement agencies that were struggling to cope with the mounting threat.  

Meanwhile, in Sin City, hundreds of protesters took over parts of the Las Vegas Strip Friday night with police confirming several arrests had been made. 

Demonstrators and police officers were seen in a standoff at multiple intersections of the strip where casinos continue to stay shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Protests escalated in Louisville, Kentucky, as protesters demanding justice for black woman Breonna Taylor resurfaced with renewed anger over Floyd’s death.

Taylor was shot dead by cops in the state back in March. 

The EMT was hit by bullets at least eight times when three cops stormed her apartment to serve a search warrant over a narcotics investigation. No drugs were found in the home. 

The Hall of Justice was targeted with an attempted fire while graffiti and flag-burning was widespread across the city. 

Charlotte: Protesters clash with police and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department deemed the gathering "unlawful" and had ordered the demonstrators to disperse

Charlotte: Protesters clash with police and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department deemed the gathering ‘unlawful’ and had ordered the demonstrators to disperse

Charlotte: Armed protesters and cops are just outside of downtown Charlotte

Charlotte: Armed protesters and cops are just outside of downtown Charlotte

Charlotte: CMPD officers deploy tear gas canisters against protestors in front of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2

Charlotte: CMPD officers deploy tear gas canisters against protestors in front of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2

Louisville Metro Police Department was forced to apologize to a reporter after a cop shot them with a pepper ball launcher live on air. 

Pictures showed groups of people huddling on the ground as pepper balls rained down on them.  

Louisville Metro Police Department said a significantly larger number of people had come out to protest Friday compared to Thursday many armed with sticks, bats, and guns.

This came after seven people were shot after gunfire rung out in downtown Louisville Thursday night.   

In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests also erupted.

The demonstration, which was organized by Black Lives Matter, saw thousands of protesters process up Main Street to City Hall shouting ‘can’t breathe’ and ‘enough is enough’.

The initially peaceful protest took a violent turn two hours in after a man attempted to punch organizer Ashton Woods as he made a speech.

Brooklyn: NYPD Officers spray mace into the crowd of protesters gathered at Barclays Center

Brooklyn: NYPD Officers spray mace into the crowd of protesters gathered at Barclays Center

Brooklyn: A fire is started in the street and objects are hurled as protests ramp up in New York

Brooklyn: A fire is started in the street and objects are hurled as protests ramp up in New York 

Brooklyn: Police officers are seen struggling to keep protesters back as they push against railings

Brooklyn: Police officers are seen struggling to keep protesters back as they push against railings 

Brooklyn: One man is arrested and being carried off by officers outside the stadium that is currently shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic

 Brooklyn: One man is arrested and being carried off by officers outside the stadium that is currently shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Brooklyn: Police try to contain protesters during a rally at the Barclays Center

Brooklyn: Police try to contain protesters during a rally at the Barclays Center

Brooklyn: The protest started peacefully as the group gathered and held signs demanding justice

Brooklyn: The protest started peacefully as the group gathered and held signs demanding justice 

Brooklyn: A huge 'George Floyd' banner is held aloft by the crowd before night fell

Brooklyn: A huge ‘George Floyd’ banner is held aloft by the crowd before night fell 

Although the scuffle was swiftly broken up by police, some demonstrators moved away from the main protest and attempted to rush and occupy the I-45 freeway.

Others in the throng chanted: ‘Justice for George’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘We want change’. 

According to the group’s Facebook page, at least 1,800 people turned out, although there appeared to be far more. 

One protester described the death of Floyd, who lived in Houston most of his life, as a ‘modern day lynching’.

Rebecca Bozeman told DailyMail.com: ‘Enough is enough. The people have to come out and do their part or nothing will change.

‘It’s been 400 years and it’s still happening. We saw a modern-day lynching. It should not be happening.’

Her friend Sylvia Clinton added: ‘Call it what it is. He was lynched. It was a modern-day lynching.’   

Clinton told DailyMail.com the news today that white cop Derek Chauvin – who knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes until he passed out and later died –  being charged with murder is not enough, as calls mount for the arrest of the other three officers involved: J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Clinton said: ‘It’s not enough. It’s not enough for me that one of the officers has been arrested. I feel they should get the remaining three accomplices.

‘Call it what it is – an accomplice is someone in conjunction with a crime and I feel like that’s what the three remaining officers are and it will not be justice until we see them arrested, prosecuted and found guilty.’

Minneapolis: A protester yells at a member of the Minnesota National Guard earlier Friday

Minneapolis: A protester yells at a member of the Minnesota National Guard earlier Friday

Minneapolis: Amid fears that the chaos is entering a fourth night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday signed an emergency order mandating that residents stay home from the hours of 8p.m. to 6a.m.

Minneapolis: Amid fears that the chaos is entering a fourth night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday signed an emergency order mandating that residents stay home from the hours of 8p.m. to 6a.m.

Minneapolis: Cops have been given the power to arrest anyone who refuses to comply with the curfew

Minneapolis: Cops have been given the power to arrest anyone who refuses to comply with the curfew

Minneapolis: Police officers hold down a man during Friday's protest as a curfew is put in place

Minneapolis: Police officers hold down a man during Friday’s protest as a curfew is put in place 

Another protester said police officers who commit crimes should face the same ‘due process’ as regular citizens.

He said: ‘I don’t feel that’s enough [for Chauvin to be arrested]. All four of them need to be arrested and all four of them need to be held accountable as we would be if we broke the law.

Omar added: ‘I believe it starts at the top with legislation.

‘They need to start training officers in a certain way, to be more respectful of human life because everyone around here deserves a fair trial.’They’re not the judge or the jury. When we do a crime, we go through due process – they need to do that too.’

Both Bozeman and Clinton said they live in fear of a similar fate to Floyd’s being visited on the men in their families.

Bozeman said: ‘We have a lot of black men in our lives: my father, my brother, her son. They’re all a part of our lives.

‘So when we saw George lying there like that, that could have been any one of them, any one on a daily basis.

‘The fact it has taken days just to arrest one officer, that’s not right. Even then, to not be sure he will be convicted of something like that…

‘We should be sure. And for this to be going on for hundreds of years, at this point, enough is enough.’

Clinton added: ‘It’s a true worry. It’s not anything to be played with. It’s very valid and the fear is real. Very real.’  

Houston: In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests erupted Friday as people insisted that this is not

Houston: In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests erupted Friday as people insisted that this is not

Houston: Protesters wear COVID-19 face masks with 'I can't breathe' written on them - some of the last words Floyd said as he begged for his life

Houston: Protesters wear COVID-19 face masks with ‘I can’t breathe’ written on them – some of the last words Floyd said as he begged for his life 

Houston: One protester holds a sign with pictures of other black men who have died in the US

Houston: One protester holds a sign with pictures of other black men who have died in the US  

Protests also erupted in Charlotte with police officers throwing tear gas into the crowds and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department deploying its Civil Emergency Unit and issuing a dispersal order.   

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter Friday over the death of Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country.

The 44-year-old white cop was arrested by state investigators Friday afternoon, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced, as the criminal complaint revealed he kept kneeling on the black man’s neck for almost 3 minutes after he fell unconscious and said ‘you’re talking fine’ when he begged for air. 

Chauvin was one of four officers fired over Floyd’s death earlier this week yet the other three officers continue to walk free.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody over the death of Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody over the death of Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country

Protests have sparked across the country after video of the Floyd's final moments went viral on Monday

Protests have sparked across the country after video of the Floyd’s final moments went viral on Monday

Shocking moment van ‘deliberately drives in to protester and refuses to stop’ at George Floyd demonstration in Mississippi 

A driver has been caught on camera seemingly deliberately driving into protesters during a demonstration over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. 

The incident happened in Bakersfield, California on Friday afternoon when a vehicle was seen driving into a crowd of protesters who were blocking a road. 

The protesters could be seen standing in the way and then surrounding a grey SUV as it tried to pass them outside of the Bakersfield Police Headquarters..

Suddenly, the vehicle sped up, plowing through the crowd.

One person could be seen falling to the ground and appeared to have been struck by the car.  

A grey SUV drove at speed through crowd of protesters in Bakersfield, California

A grey SUV drove at speed through crowd of protesters in Bakersfield, California

The demonstrators were protesting the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd

The car suddenly sped up without warning

The demonstrators were protesting the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd when the car suddenly sped up without warning

At first the car drove slowly through the people but then suddenly sped up knocking at least one person to the floor and forcing the crowd to scatter

At first the car drove slowly through the people but then suddenly sped up knocking at least one person to the floor and forcing the crowd to scatter

Other demonstrators are seen chasing the vehicle down the street afterwards. 

One woman was hit and suffered minor to moderate injuries, ABC23 reported.

 Police said the driver had been arrested, and they are considering DUI, and possible assault or attempted murder charges. 

A similar scene was witnessed across the country in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday when a white van was also filmed pushing through crowds of protesters.

At one point, a woman stood directly in front of the vehicle and turns to face the driver, yet the driver continues to move forward.

Protesters took to the streets in Jackson, Mississippi when the driver of a van used the vehicle to push a woman out of the way

Protesters took to the streets in Jackson, Mississippi when the driver of a van used the vehicle to push a woman out of the way

Video shows a woman at one point standing directly in front of the vehicle

Video shows a woman at one point standing directly in front of the vehicle

Despite the confrontation and even more demonstrators stepping out in front, the van begins to speed up.

The activists end up having to jog lightly in order to avoid being completely run over. 

Eventually the protesters are forced to jump out of the away and allow the van to pass.

Other cars are also seen driving through the crowd but do not come close to any of the others involved in the demo in footage shot by WJTV.  

The protesters turned to face the driver, but the van continues to move forward forcing them to jump out of the way

The protesters turned to face the driver, but the van continues to move forward forcing them to jump out of the way

As protesters took to the streets near the Mississippi State Capitol, a video appeared to show the driver of a van using the vehicle to push a protester out of the way

As protesters took to the streets near the Mississippi State Capitol, a video appeared to show the driver of a van using the vehicle to push a protester out of the way

Despite more demonstrators stepping out in front, the van begins to speed up

Despite more demonstrators stepping out in front, the van begins to speed up

The woman stood in front of the van as the driver continued to push her along

The driver of the van refused to stop

The woman stood in front of the van as the driver continued to push her along

Eventually, those protesting were forced to jump out of the way to avoid being run over

Eventually, those protesting were forced to jump out of the way to avoid being run over

 



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