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US riots latest: States brace for destruction as protestors rage against police brutality

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Protests in the US started after the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Protests against police brutality started on May 26, and became progressively more violent while the national guard were deployed by President Donald Trump in response.

Protesters have been demonstrating in cities across the US in response to the killing of George Floyd.

In one video from Minneapolis, a National Guard Humvee rolls down a residential street followed by what appear to be police officers wearing tactical gear.

One officer orders residents to go inside, then yells “light ‘em up” before shooting projectiles at a group of people on their front porch.

The city’s curfew does not apply to residents outside on their private property.

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In New York City, police arrested about 350 people overnight and 30 officers suffered minor injuries.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said police conduct was being investigated, including widely shared videos showing a police sports utility vehicle in Brooklyn lurching into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with debris.

The video shows people place a metal barrier in front of a parked police vehicle near Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks Avenue around 8pm Saturday.

After a second NYPD vehicle pulls up and protesters are seen banging on the car, it accelerates, pushing people in the crowd along with the first police vehicle.

It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries.

De Blasio said he had not seen a separate video showing an officer pulling down the mask of a black protester who had his hands in the air, then spraying a substance in his face.

Donald Trump has made remarks pinning the anarchy on political opponents.

He said: “The memory of George Floyd is being dishonoured by rioters, looters and anarchists.

“The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical leftwing groups who are terrorising the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.”

It comes after President Trump courted controversy by remarking that the protesters were “thugs” and saying: “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

At a press conference on Friday, the president claimed to not be aware of the phrases history and use against people of colour.

The closely packed crowds and demonstrators not wearing masks sparked fears of a resurgence of COVID-19, which has killed more than 100,000 Americans.

Trump said on Sunday that the U.S. government will designate anti-fascist group Antifa as a terrorist organisation.

It was not clear how many, if any, of the protesters participating in demonstrations are from Antifa.

Protests have also been seen in London and Berlin, close to the US embassies located in the cities.

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