Protests over death of George Floyd intensify in U.S.

Added On May 30, 2020

Protests are intensifying in the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota, and are spreading to other U.S. cities over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American who died while in police custody.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday a mandatory nighttime curfew following three straight nights of growing protests and violence in the biggest city in the state of Minnesota.

The curfew is for all public places including streets, stretching from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time.
Minneapolis has been severely damaged after three nights of protests and riots, with fires burning and businesses looted. 
The police precinct closest to where Floyd was captured on video was set on fire late Thursday night.
Also on Friday, Mayor Melvin Carter in the next-door city of St. Paul signed an order of local emergency that would also impose a curfew, as more than 170 businesses were damaged or looted overnight.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday declared a state of emergency and activated the Minnesota National Guard to restore order. 
Protests, rallies and even riots over Floyd's death are also spreading to other cities?such as New York, Chicago and Denver.
George Floyd, aged 46, died on Monday evening shortly after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe."
Chauvin was arrested earlier on Friday and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter.