PROTESTERS are storming the streets of New York City in the first reported George Floyd protest in the city, Your Content is first to report.
As Your Content readers know, George Floyd was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department and in the days following rallies took place in the city as well as Los Angeles. But the protests turned to looting with some people being tear gassed and seriously injured.
According to New Yorkers, protesters swarmed Union Square sometime around 3 p.m.
The NYPD spokesman said that multiple people were detained during the protest and that the department likely won’t have complete arrest numbers until after the protest ends.
Floyd, a father of two, died on Monday night after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes in an incident that was captured on video and has sparked violent protests and riots in the city that left one looter dead.
In widely circulated footage of his arrest, Floyd was seen on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back as white officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the pavement until he lost consciousness and later died.
It comes after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he considers Floyd’s public killing to be murder.
‘I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear. The arresting officer killed someone,’ he told CBS. ‘He’d be alive today if he were white.’
‘The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.’
MAYOR Frey previously said that most people, especially people of color, would already be sitting behind bars over the incident as he urged Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to lay charges on the officer.
‘I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?”‘ he said.
He later added: ‘I saw no threat. I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary.’
Minneapolis was bracing for a third night of violence on Thursday after protests in the city turned deadly overnight.
State troopers have already been called in and Mayor Frey asked for the National Guard’s help after one suspected looter was fatally shot and stores were left ransacked and torched.
Floyd’s heartbroken brother Philonise Floyd also urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully, but said he understood the anger surrounding George’s death.
‘I can’t stop people right now because they have pain. They have the same pain that I feel. I want everything to be peaceful but I can’t make everybody be peaceful. It’s hard,’ he told CNN. ‘They treated him worse than they treat animals.’
‘I watched the video. It was hard but I had to watch. As I watched, those four officers – they executed my brother,’ he added.
Cops were reported to have located Floyd in his car near 38th and Chicago Ave on Monday after receiving calls of a ‘forgery in progress’ and alleged he had gotten out of the car before ‘physically resisting officers’.
A new incident report was also released Wednesday revealing medics arrived at the scene of Floyd’s arrest to find the black man already ‘unresponsive’ and ‘pulseless’.
The release of the MFD report sheds yet more light on Monday’s shocking events, detailing that fire crew were called to assist medics.
It states that Fire Station 17 of Minneapolis arrived outside the Cup Foods store to find ‘multiple squads on scene and small crowd of citizens’. The report points to confusion at the scene as neither the cops nor bystanders gave information to crew on Floyd or his location.
Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd were fired Tuesday. They were named as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng.
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