Minneapolis imposes curfew amid violent protests over death of black man

Minneapolis imposes curfew amid violent protests over death of black man

Minneapolis imposes curfew amid violent protests over death of black man

Protesters in Minneapolis have surrounded a police station amid ongoing unrest over the killing of George Floyd by law enforcement, as a curfew imposed by the city government goes unenforced and crowds refuse to disperse.

The Pentagon has announced an increase in the alert status of some U.S. military units in order to potentially support Minnesota which is now struggling with civil unrest.

The death of Floyd, a black man, at hands of a white police officer, and the city's response to the ensuing riots have enraged some on council.

They were all released after being confirmed as members of the media. Floyd later died of his injuries and the officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. "Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the city under control, or I will send in the National Guard and get the job done right", Trump said.

A video of the incident prompted thousands of people to take to the streets to protest racial discrimination and excessive use of force by the police.

The three officials with direct knowledge of the potential deployment say the orders are on a classified system, known as the Secret Internet Protocol Router or SIPR for short. Some cars were set on fire in scattered neighborhoods, business break-ins began and eventually there were larger fires.

Looting has again kicked off across the city, with a group gathered near a convenience store near the 5th precinct attempting to breach the building.

Minnesota's governor is "fully mobilizing" the National Guard to quell violence that has erupted in Minneapolis and to some extent in St. Paul, USA Today reports. He then described how he watched as a police station in the city was overrun. There was no indication Saturday that Trump meant to invoke that act. The state's governor could ask President Donald Trump to take action or Trump could act on his own authority if he's determined that the local authorities are so overwhelmed that they can't adequately enforce the law, Vladeck said.

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