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Protests spread across US as cop charged over George Floyd death


Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

  • Protests erupt in cities across the United States over the deadly arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • The fired officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes, as Floyd pleaded "I can't breathe", has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
  • The Minnesota National Guard has arrived in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and surrounding areas.
  • Minneapolis has imposed a weekend curfew.
  • Community leaders and residents demand the arrest of the three other officers involved.
Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, May 30

07:55 GMT - Louisville police apologizes for targeting news crew at protest

The Louisville Metro Police Department apologised after a police officer was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper balls at a news crew during a live television broadcast.
A crew from WAVE-TV was downtown in the Kentucky city Friday night, covering demonstrations over the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in her own home in March.
As WAVE-TV was on air, reporter Kaitlin Rust is heard yelling off-camera: "I've been shot! I've been shot!" Video shows a police officer aiming directly at the camera crew, as Rust describes the projectiles as "pepper bullets."
LIVE ON @wave3news - something I’ve never seen in my career.
An armed officer shooting directly at our reporter @KaitlinRustWAVE and photographer @jbtcardfan during the protests in .
My prayers are going out to everyone tonight.
Such a scary situation for all.
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"I want to apologize," Louisville police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay told the Courier Journal. "It's not something that should have occurred if she was singled out as a reporter."
Halladay said she couldn't tell who the officer was at this time, but that police would review the video again and "if we need to do any investigation for discipline, we will do that."

07:00 GMT - One dead after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

A 19-year-old man was killed in Detroit, Michigan, after someone in an SUV fired shots into a crowd of people protesting Floyd's death in Minneapolis custody, police said.
Sergeant Nicole Kirkwood said the shooting occurred about 11:30 pm local time on Friday near Detroit's Greektown entertainment district as officers were confronted with dozens of protesters.
An officer was not involved in the shooting, she said, adding that the suspect pulled up in a Dodge Durango and fired shots into the crowd.

06:50 GMT - Scuffles reported in front of the White House

US media reported scuffles between Secret Service officers and protesters in front of the White House as demonstrators returned to the area.
Some violence here. Police just did a small charge after protesters got one of their shields and brandished as a trophy. Clashes as the line broke. White House viewable behind. 2.10am-ish.
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"Some violence here," said Ben Riley Smith, US editor at The Daily Telegraph. "Police just did a small charge after protesters got one of their shields and brandished as a trophy."
Fin Gomez, CBS News's White House correspondent, said Secret Service officers were pushing back the crowds as some protesters tried to breach barricades in the area.
Protest in front of the White House. @SecretService using their plastic shields to push back vs some in crowd who are pulling on metal barricades @CBSNews
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06:24 GMT - Military police put on alert to go to Minneapolis, says AP

The Associated Press news agency said that the Pentagon has ordered the army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.
Citing three people with direct knowledge of the orders, AP said soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called.
Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

05:27 GMT - National Guard deploys to enforce Minneapolis curfew

Some 350 officers of the Minnesota National Guard and local police have deployed to enforce a curfew in Minneapolis, warning protesters they will be arrested if they refused to leave the city's Fifth Precint area.
Troopers are giving dispersal orders near the Fifth Precinct. Leave the area now or you will be arrested.
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The warning came as KARE 11, a local TV station, reported protesters had lit fires at a gas station, a bank and a US post office building.
"I urge residents to comply with 8pm curfew and go home immediately," said Tim Walz, governor of Minnesota.

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