“I Can’t Breathe”: Third Day Of Protests Against Police Violence In The US After The Death Of An African-American Man

Marches, banners, screams for justice, riots, tear gas. Thousands of people participated this Thursday in the third consecutive night of protests in Minneapolis, United States, over the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was suffocated by a policeman after being arrested last Monday.

May 28, 2020, USA: A protester yells at a police officer during a protest following the death of George Floyd.

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The man was arrested after a city establishment alerted police that he was using a fake $ 20 bill to pay. In videos recorded by passers-by, a police officer appears with his knee on his neck for minutes. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please,” he is heard to say, as he is dying.

His “I can’t breathe” has become, precisely, the rage cry against police violence against black people in the United States, with protests that have spread to other parts of the country, including New York, Denver, Chicago and Oakland. .

During the day of this Thursday, mobilizations took place in Minneapolis and in neighboring Saint Paul, known as “Twin Cities”. The protests escalated after Hennepin County Prosecutor – with jurisdiction over Minneapolis – Mike Freeman appeared on Thursday to announce that he has no intention, at this time, of charging charges or arresting the agent responsible for Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin.

“There is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to weigh all of that evidence to come up with a consistent decision, and we are doing the best we can,” Freeman told the media. Chauvin and three other officers involved have been fired and Minneapolis Police Commander Medaria Arradondo has apologized to Floyd’s family.

“We ask for justice,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, told CNN. The man has asked for the arrest of the agents who “executed”, he said, to his brother in broad daylight, and assured that he is “tired of seeing black men die,” says the BBC.

Minnesota Governor Democrat Tim Walz activated the National Guard – a military reservist corps – which deployed 50 soldiers throughout the city. It is the first time in 34 years that Minnesota has activated the National Guard in protests.

With the fall of the day, riots raged through the city as thousands of protesters rallied around the Minneapolis Third Precinct Police station, made a symbol of the protest for Floyd’s death, according to the local newspaper. Star Tribune.

At one point, some protesters set fire to the police station. In a message on Twitter, the Minneapolis Mayor’s Office asked the protesters to withdraw from the area in case the building exploded, inside which there would be explosive material.

The National Guard, meanwhile, announced in a series of ‘tweets’ to be ready to act. “We have activated more than 500 soldiers in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and nearby communities. Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peaceful protest,” the body said.

“Riots are the language of the unheard,” said Martin Luther King III, a human rights activist, quoting his father, the historic leader Martin Luther King. He is one of the many human rights defenders who have condemned the police treatment of Floyd.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Thursday condemned the death of George Floyd, whom she described as “the latest in a long list of unarmed African-Americans who have been killed by US police officers.” Bachelet has demanded that the United States authorities take “serious measures” to prevent further deaths and ensure that justice is served. It has also called for the deep-rooted and widespread racial discrimination in these deaths to be widely recognized and addressed. While claiming to understand anger, Bachelet has urged people in Minneapolis and elsewhere to protest peacefully.

May 28, 2020, USA: A protester yells at a police officer during a protest following the death of George Floyd.

May 28, 2020, USA: A protester yells at a police officer during a protest following the death of George Floyd.

Mark Vancleave / TNS via ZUMA Wire / dpa

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