Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd’s Death

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By Jessica Easthope

The National Guard is patrolling the streets of the city at this hour after riots raged for a third straight night.

Some of the worst violence took place at a Minneapolis police station. It was overrun and set on fire.

No one in the precinct was hurt because Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ordered everyone to evacuate Friday morning.

Around six a.m. Friday, state police armed in riot gear lined up creating a barrier on the streets.

The move to restore order comes after days of looting and arson. Many Minneapolis businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

The initial outrage sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. He was pinned to the ground with a cop’s knee on his neck.

Floyd’s brother wants the officers at the scene to face charges. The justice department and state prosecutors are investigating the case.

Dozens of protesters have been arrested in Minneapolis.

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew were put in handcuffs early Friday morning. Omar’s reports have aired on Currents News. He and his team were released within an hour of being taken into custody.

Around the country, demonstrators took to the streets in Los Angeles Columbus, Ohio and Denver. In Memphis Tennessee, an ambulance and two cars were hit by gunfire.

In New York, a large demonstration kicked off in Union Square.  A cop broke his baton while trying to control an unruly crowd that spilled onto the street.