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Al Jazeera 28 May 2020

George Floyd death: Pressure mounts for US officers to be charged


Anger is spreading in the US over the death of an unarmed Black man after a white police officer knelt on his neck while restraining him on the ground in the city of Minneapolis.
As new video of the incident emerged that showed George Floyd was not resisting arrest as originally claimed, the lawyer for his family has spoken of a "pandemic of racism".
Protesters demanding justice for George Floyd have come out in their hundreds in downtown Los Angeles, blocking parts of a freeway and surrounding Highway Patrol cars.
The protests are now into their second day.

Al Jazeera's Victoria Gatenby reports..

New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, court documents show.

The other three officers, previously uncharged, face counts of aiding and abetting murder.

Floyd's death has sparked huge protests across the US against racism and the police killings of black Americans.

The vast majority of demonstrations over the past eight days have been peaceful, but some have turned violent and curfews have been imposed in a number of cities.

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Police clashed with protesters as outrage grows over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was heard saying "I can't breathe" as an officer pinned him to the ground with his knee to Floyd's neck. The Minneapolis mayor called for the arresting officer to face charges.
Fired officer Derek Chauvin is now facing second-degree murder charges in George Floyd's death, and three other ex-officers are charged with "aiding and abetting" second-degree murder.
Musician Tinie Tempah talks about the pain of George Floyd's death, calling for all of the officers present to be held to account.

Speaking about Donald Trump's response to the US protests, he said: "The tear-gassing of individuals, the rubber bullets being used on individuals - I definitely think that's not the way forward."

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