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A night of ‘absolute chaos’ as outrage over George Floyd’s death spreads across America

I imagine a lot of government officials are missing the anti-lockdown protestors at this point. Defying shelter-in-place orders has been taken to a new level.

By Arelis R. Hernández,  J. Freedom du Lac,  Katie Mettler and  Meryl Kornfield 

Washington Post

Protests raged across America on Friday on a brutal night in cities where people gathered to grieve and demand justice for George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. Demonstrations that began peacefully turned chaotic and dangerous as the night wore on. They resulted in widespread property damage, numerous injuries and at least one death: Police in Detroit said shots were fired from a vehicle into a crowd of demonstrators there, killing a 19-year-old man.

In Minneapolis ⁠ — where Floyd died Monday after a white officer pressed his knee into the 46-year-old’s neck⁠ — businesses were torched and shots were fired at police, who struggled to enforce an 8 p.m. curfew enacted after several nights of unrest. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) called it “absolute chaos” and said he would “take responsibility for underestimating the wanton destruction and the sheer size of this crowd.”


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