Riots worsen across the US, Europe over death of George Floyd

Riots have continued to wreak havoc across the United States over the death of African-American man George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

Hundreds had taken to the streets of Minneapolis almost a week ago following the tragedy, with protesters demanding justice.

Crowds have since turned more and more violent, burning buildings, looting shops and torching cars.


The protests have also spread nation-wide, and now internationally.

The National Guard is now on scene in Minneapolis to try and regain order, while military personnel have been called into Los Angeles overnight as well.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has condemned those who’ve caused destruction for no real reason.

“People who feast off of chaos, who hunger for division, who want to replace peaceful protest with images of a nation coming apart, we must not let them win,” Garcetti said.

While peaceful protests have also begun in London and parts of Europe, for justice for George Floyd’s death.

So far, the protests there haven’t turned violent.

It’s all in response to the death of George Floyd, a man who was killed while in police custody on May 25.

Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the neck of Mr Floyd for at least eight minutes on Monday before George Floyd passed away while in custody.

In the confronting vision, which went viral on social media, Floyd could be seen pleading that he “could not breathe” and “don’t kill me”.

Chauvin, who was sacked following the incident, has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter following worldwide outrage.

A petition is also calling for the other three police officers to be charged over the incident as well.

“We don’t trust you to bring this to justice without our explicit anger expressed to you in overwhelming numbers,” the petition reads.

“We have seen this very injustice go unchecked over and over for years upon years.

“We believe that all of the evidence needed for indictment is in the video of the incident.

“No extenuating circumstances could detract from the relevance of that damning footage.

“We implore you. Show us we are wrong not to trust you. Hold these former officers accountable to the rule of law,” it says.

There’s already over a million signatures on the petition, which is hoping for at least 1.5 million.

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