Mpls Mayor Says Officer Should Be Charged as Violent Protests/Looting Occur

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis says criminal charges should be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who died in police custody.

Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in the death of George Floyd.

Video recorded by a bystander shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd gasps for breath on the ground with his face against the pavement.

The mayor says he saw nothing to justify that kind of force.

Chauvin and three other officers were fired the day after Floyd died.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protests rocked Minneapolis for the second straight night Wednesday after a man’s death in police custody.

One person was killed in what police were investigating as a homicide amidst violence that included looting and setting fires.

The protests began outside the police precinct in the part of the city where 46-year-old George Floyd died on Memorial Day.

News helicopter footage showed several nearby stores being looted as police encircled the precinct house and made no evident move to intervene.

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