Thousands of people took to the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday to protest the death of an African American man by a white police officer for the third night in a row.
Demonstrators set fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct just hours after authorities said they were unsure whether to indict Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who held George Floyd to the ground by his throat for eight minutes while Floyd struggled for breath.
Floyd repeatedly exclaims, “I can’t breathe,” in a video that has since gone viral. Since then, four cops, including Chauvin, have been shot but not arrested. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was asked on Thursday about the delay in prosecuting and sentencing the police.
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota called up the National Guard overnight as demonstrations erupted in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
This morning, Minnesota state police detained CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, along with his producer and camera crew, outside the burned ruins of the 3rd police precinct, live on national television.
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota later apologised to CNN for the arrests, and the crew was released. Following the news, we’ll go to Minneapolis for the new.