The US Department of Justice yesterday promised a swift and “robust” inquiry into the death of a black man after he was restrained by a white police officer, while violent protests over the incident spread from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.
Protesters in both cities took to the streets in their hundreds to express their fury over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old bouncer from Minneapolis, who was filmed gasping for breath as a policeman pinned him down with a knee on his neck for almost eight minutes.
There have been two consecutive nights of protests in south Minneapolis, where angry crowds looted shops and set buildings alight as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets.
Amid the violence, a man was found shot dead near a pawnshop, possibly by the owner, police said.
Mr Floyd’s death also sparked protests in Memphis and Los Angeles, where police faced demonstrators who had blocked a motorway and confronted officers in a patrol car (© Daily Telegraph, London).
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