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Riots hit Minneapolis as probe into man’s death made ‘top priority’

Riots hit Minneapolis as probe into man’s death made ‘top priority’

DPA
Washington
Riots ripped through parts of Minneapolis overnight, including buildings being set on fire, as the death of a black man at the hands of police officers rattles a community in the Midwestern city and sets off further tensions with police.
The investigation into the death of Floyd George is “a top priority,” US Attorney for Minnesota Erica MacDonald said in a joint statement Thursday with Federal Bureau of Investigation officer-in-charge Rainer Drolshagen.
“The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law,” the statement said.
The four officers have been fired from their jobs, in a swift move by the authorities, but the question is now whether any of them will face criminal proceedings.
Focus is on the white officer who had his knee on George’s neck as the man, who was handcuffed and on the ground, pleaded “I can’t breathe.” He later was pronounced dead. There was no sign of danger to the officers, in videos of the incident posted online.
The riots and looting were particularly fierce in south Minneapolis.
Local television station KSTP had video of multiple buildings on fire across numerous blocks.
Police were being deployed to help quell the unrest, but the tensions between the department and the community stemming from George’s death were hindering law enforcement. The fire department was also dispatched. More protests are scheduled for later.
President Donald Trump supported the federal-level investigation into the death of George, who was arrested as part of a forgery investigation.