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George Floyd’s Death Sparks Protests Across The U.S.: Atlanta CNN Headquarters Vandalized, Protesters Arrested In New York

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The arrest of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, did little to quell unrest in the U.S. as demonstrators in dozens of cities continued to protest Floyd’s death on Friday, occasionally clashed with police officers, set fire to cars and blocked intersections and highways.

KEY FACTS

It remains to be seen if riots break out in Minneapolis, the city where Floyd was killed, for the fourth straight day despite Mayor Jacob Frey enacting an 8 p.m. curfew, though protesters are still marching past curfew.

Demonstrators gathered at various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, with escalating violence throughout the evening. At least nine protestors were arrested at the Barclays Center, CBS New York reported, and demonstrators clashed with police at the 88th police precinct where NYPD cars were vandalized and partially destroyed.

In Atlanta, protesters vandalized and broke the windows of CNN’s headquarters in the city after setting fire to a police car.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced the protesters’ actions: “There was a black reporter who was arrested on camera this morning who works for CNN. They are telling our stories and you are disgracing their building,” she said.

Demonstrators in San Jose, California blocked traffic on a major highway.

Several hundred protesters marched to the White House in Washington D.C., prompting the White House to go on lockdown, which was eventually lifted. The protest was mainly peaceful with the exception of a few clashes with police, the Washington Post reported.

Protests are planned in several other other cities. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Burlington, Vt., Philadelphia, Oakland, California, Dallas and Akron, Ohio.

Key background: George Floyd died after four police officers attempted to detain him for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. In a video that has since gone viral, one officer is seen pinning Floyd to the ground and continuing to kneel on his neck while Floyd yells that he can’t breathe. The officer who knelt on Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter on Friday after the riots broke out in the city the night before, resulting in the burning down of a Minneapolis precinct building and dozens of other businesses in the area. An active investigation into the other three officers are still ongoing and they may still be charged.

Source: Forbes Business

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