George Floyd died after being arrested for a forgery bill on Monday. Angry people gathered in cities across the country to demand justice. The videotape showed a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest, exasperated. He was not armed and handcuffed, and cried that he could not breathe before he died.
In Minneapolis, on Thursday night, buildings were burned down, shops were robbed, and the police district also caught fire. When people gathered nearby and filmed video on their phones, thick smoke and orange flames erupted in the night sky.
The Minneapolis Police Department has fired four police officers involved in the arrest of Freud.
Local, state and federal authorities are investigating this incident, and prosecutors urge residents to remain patient.
Hennepin County Prosecutor Michael Freeman said: “We need to study all the evidence carefully and make meaningful decisions, and we will do our best.
Federal prosecutor Erica MacDonald told reporters that the immediate priority is to ensure justice.
Freeman said: “We will investigate it as soon as possible in accordance with the demands of justice.” “This video is vivid, terrifying, terrifying. No one should do this. I beg the individual to keep calm and let us proceed This investigation. ”
After the press conference, Freeman told CNN that all four officials involved in the death cited their fifth amendment rights to prohibit self-incrimination.
The director of the Minneapolis Police Department, Medaria Arradondo, said: “We are very sorry for Mr. Freud’s death, body and pain, his family, his loved ones, Minneapolis and the world.
“I know our city currently lacks hope … and I know that our department has contributed to the entire deficit.”
In Minneapolis, the protests transitioned to riots and looting in the south of the city center. People rushed into shops and burned businesses and other buildings. Sao Paulo, the state capital next door, had more robberies on Thursday.
The victim’s brother, Philonis Freud, said: “I hope everyone will stay peaceful now, but people are suffering and hurt because they are tired of seeing black people die.
Protesters also gathered in other cities, including Denver and New York.
CNN’s Sara Sidner and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.