United States riots following the death of George Floyd, May 31

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2020

Protests against police brutality spread across America, leading to one of the country's worst nights of civil unrest in years with police cars and other property set alight and destroyed in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities.

His death is one of a litany of racial tragedies that have thrown the country into chaos amid the coronavirus pandemic that has left millions out of work and killed more than 100,000 people in the USA, including disproportionate numbers of black people. "The cops are out of control", protester Olga Hall said in Washington D.C.

Jamie Foxx shared two images, one of Chauvin and the other of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who launched a social justice movement in 2016 by kneeling during a football game to protest police brutality. Four Minneapolis police officers involved in the incident were fired and Chauvin has been charged with murder.

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Authorities in the United States recently introduced curfews in order to curb violent protests that have been raging across the country since 26 May.

Protests have been held from NY to LA, from Seattle to Miami and dozens of cities in between.

In several video clips, protesters are seen pressing a metal barricade against the front of an NYPD SUV and pelting it with bottles and traffic cones.

George Floyd's death is the latest in a series of controversial killings of African Americans, something which numerous protests of recent days have highlighted. In Salt Lake City, demonstrators flipped a police vehicle and lit it on fire. "We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us", Biden said in an official statement released on Sunday.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Saturday that white supremacists were behind some of the looting in his city.

The damage in USA cities came as many Americans plan to return to in-person church services on Sunday for the first time in several weeks since the pandemic forced a ban on large gatherings.

Hundreds of people gathered in Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania cities to protest the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck.

USA presidential candidate Joe Biden has condemned the violence of the race protests that have erupted across the country, but said late Saturday that Americans had a right to demonstrate.

This week's unrest recalled the riots in Los Angeles almost 30 years ago after the acquittal of the white police officers who beat Rodney King, a black motorist who had led them on a high-speed chase. Police said they arrested more than 500 people after shops were looted on Friday in Los Angeles.

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