MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Protesters angered by the death of a black man who died while pleading for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck have torched a Minneapolis police station that the department was forced to abandon.
Thursday marked a third night of violent protests following the death of George Floyd, who died in a confrontation with officers outside a grocery store.
Earlier Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz had activated the National Guard at the Minneapolis mayor’s request, and as protests and looting spread into neighboring St. Paul.
In footage recorded by a bystander, Floyd can be seen pleading that he can’t breathe as a police officer kneels on his neck.
As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving.