Protests Spread Across US After Minneapolis Killing
The security perimeter of Barclays Center in New York stormed by thousands of protesters as they spread across the US over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by a white police officer knee on the neck.
Police arrested many in a massive demonstration at Brooklyn, loading cuffed protesters into City buses queued on Atlantic Avenue, shutting down the major place on Friday.
Some protesters cheered themselves up with hip hop music and tried to argue about brutality shown by police officers in riot gear, they arrested people for throwing bottles and projectiles.
The demonstrators at a “We can’t breathe” vigil and rally in lower Manhattan pressed legislationfor not doing anything about the city police officer who murdered Eric Garner, who was also black in 2014.
The youngest daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, in a speech made implored people to go home after more than a thousand protesters marched to the state capitol from the Centennial Olympic Park, blocking traffic and interstate highway along the way.
“The only way we get what we really want is through no violence, let’s do this the non-violent way to deal with the evil of our time,” Bernice King said in her father’s hometown.
Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, a year after race riots spread across many big cities.
Demonstration turned into chaos and violence. Fires were burning near the CNN Center, the network’s headquarters in downtown Atlanta.
CNN building windows were smashed along with store fronts, a police car was among the several vehicles that were burned. Protesters hurled bottles at officers as they tried to push back the crowd.
Hundreds defied an 8 p.m. curfew to gather in the streets around a police station burnt the previous night.
“We are out here because we, as a generation, realize that things have to change,” said one marcher, Paul Selman, a 25-year-old black man, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in English from Minnesota State. “Peace is needed.”
A 26 year resident of the area around the police station and owner of two properties nearby, Peter McMahon, said “This is my generation and these are the people I went to high school with,” adding, “This is not a surprise. I have lost lots of good friends over this Black Lives Matter shit.”
A 19-year-old man was shot dead on Friday night by a suspect who pulled up to protesters in a sport utility vehicle and fired gunshots into the crowd during protest in the city, the Detroit Free Press and other local media reported.
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Hundreds in the automotive capital joined a “March Against Police Brutality” late in the evening outside the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters. Protesters chanting, “No justice, no peace.” Some carried signs that read, “End police brutality” and “I won’t stop yelling until everyone can breathe.”
Denver experienced second day of protests after hundreds marched peacefully through its downtown demanding justice for George Floyd.
Gathered on Friday are hundreds of protesters organized by the group Black Lives Matter at City Hall. The crowd spilled onto Interstate 45’s entrance road near downtown chanting, “I can’t breathe,” and “No justice, no peace.”
Police in the Kentucky city braced for more protests over the killing of Floyd after a night of violence in which more than seven people were shot, and several others, such as Breonna Taylor, shot by police in her Louisville home in March.