About 24 hours after George Floyd’s death, hundreds of protesters packed the streets of Minneapolis, many gathering at the intersection where Floyd was pinned to the ground by police officers shortly before he died.
Floyd was arrested Monday evening after officers responded to a call about an alleged forgery in progress. Video from bystanders shows Floyd handcuffed and pinned to the ground and one police officer’s knee pressing against his neck. Floyd pleaded he was in pain and couldn’t breathe. Shortly after, he was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
Tuesday evening, protests started at the intersection where Floyd was arrested. Protesters later moved to one of the police precincts, CNN affiliate reported.
Some demonstrators chanted.
“No justice, no peace” — as well as “I can’t breathe,”
Which were some of the last words Floyd uttered Monday in the bystander video.
Demonstrators and officers in riot gear faced each other as police sent tear gas canisters into crowds.
“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us. This will not go on another day,”
a protester told the affiliate.