A young man died in Detroit tonight, shot while participating in protests over the death in Minneapolis of the African-American Georges Floyd suffocated by a police officer, an event that is generating altercations in more and more cities in the United States. According to police sources citing US media, a 19-year-old man was shot during the protests and authorities are searching for the assailant.
The event occurred shortly before midnight on Friday when an individual in a vehicle fired multiple shots at a group of people protesting Floyd’s death before escaping.
The young man was taken to a city hospital, where his death was confirmed. Detroit Police are investigating the event and collecting data to locate the suspect.
George Floyd, 40, died last Monday when he was arrested on suspicion of trying to use a fake $ 20 bill at a supermarket. In videos recorded by passers-by, one of the four officers who participated in the arrest is seen, and who were later expelled from the body, subjecting Floyd to the ground, climbing on him and pressing his knee on his neck for several minutes, without heed her pleas that she cannot breathe.
Since then, the riots for Floyd’s death have spread to different cities in the United States without Minneapolis, where they originated, have been appeased with the imposed curfew or with the arrest and prosecution of the agent directly involved.
In videos recorded by passers-by, one of the four officers who participated in the arrest is seen, and who were later expelled from the body, subjecting Floyd to the ground, climbing on him and pressing his knee on his neck for several minutes, without heed her pleas that she cannot breathe.
“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please,” Floyd is heard to say as he is dying.
During the protests that are already on their fourth day there have been fires, looting and confrontations between protesters and the police. The disturbances this morning come amid calls for the peace of civilian leaders of the African-American community and despite the confidence of the authorities that the spirits would calm down after this Friday the prosecution formally accused agent Derek Chauvin, the policeman who He was pressing Floyd’s neck with his knee, from murder and reckless manslaughter. The former police officer, who could be sentenced to up to twelve years in prison, has set a bond of half a million dollars.
In addition to Minnesota, protests have spread across Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina, Houston and Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, among other cities.