The Minneapolis riot over the death of an unarmed African-American man while in police custody has spread out of Minnesota, with seven people reportedly shot during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Protesters have been on the streets since Tuesday to demand justice for the death George Floyd, who died after a policeman handcuffed him and kneeled on his neck. Footage from the protests has shown some of the marchers have taken to stealing US Postal Service (USPS) cars.
One video shows what appear to be three men riding on the white USPS car as protesters film them and cheer them on.
All car windows were smashed in and the bonnet appears to have been spray-painted. Washington Post reporter Robert Klemko wrote on Twitter: “By my count there have been four postal vans stolen and destroyed.”
Footage from a twin protest in Louisville shows protesters assembling around a statue before people are forced to scramble away from the scene as several shots are fired.
The demonstration in Louisville also protested the violent death of Breonna Taylor, an Afro-American Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who was shot by Police while at home with her boyfriend in March.
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Thousands of protesters on Thursday surrounded a police precinct in Minneapolis and set in on fire.
The widespread protest in Minneapolis resulted in US President Donald Trump warning he is ready to send in the Army to support local police control the demonstrations.
Writing on Twitter, President Trump said: “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
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The protests erupted after Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said they must look at all evidence before bringing charges to the police officers.
Mr Freeman told reporters: “My job, in the end, is to prove he violated a criminal statute.
“And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.
“We need to wade through all of that evidence and come to a meaningful decision and we are doing that to the best of our ability.”
The four officers involved in Mr Floyd’s death were fired this week and the incident is being investigated.