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US cities brace for more fury as officer hearing postponed

AFP
Washington
US cities braced on Monday for more fury on the streets as a hearing was postponed for a Minneapolis police officer over the killing of an unarmed black man that ignited the country’ most sweeping unrest in decades.
Protests, initially peaceful, erupted after the killing a week ago of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who was accused of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. In shocking final moments captured on video, Floyd pleaded for his life and said he could not breathe as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin, who had remained in the police force despite persistent complaints about his behaviour, had been due to appear in court on Monday but the judiciary said the initial hearing had been postponed to June 8.
The news immediately triggered a storm on social media, a major organising ground for protests, with outraged activists vowing to keep up pressure over the coming week.