The protests over the murder of George Floyd in the United States of America escalated on Thursday, May 28 as protesters burnt the Minneapolis police station.
Videos shared on social media shows cheering protesters broke into a police precinct after the department abandoned it, setting it on fire, as violence spread across the US over Floyd’s death.
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A police spokesman confirmed to journalists in the city that staff had evacuated the 3rd precinct station – which covers the area of Minneapolis where Floyd was detained.
Police have since abandoned 5 precincts in the city as the protesters become more violent.
Protests have spread to other US cities, with demonstrators in New York defying coronavirus rules against public gatherings as they clashed with police, while some blocked traffic.
Demonstrations have also been seen on the streets of Los Angeles and Memphis.
Police brutality against people of colour in America has become a menace. On top of that is a bias criminal justice system that suppresses black people.
While the country police the world, it has failed to address an issue that is tearing the fabric of the so-called world power.
U.S president, Donald Trump, has called the protesters “thugs.”
“These thugs are dishonouring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the military is with him all the way,” he tweeted.
The tweet was, however, flagged by Twitter for inappropriate language and ”glorifying violence” and users had to click on a view button to read it.