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George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked widespread riots in the United States with more than 25 cities in lockdown as demonstrators continue to clash violently with police.

Summary

  • Protests over the death last Monday of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis erupted in more than 30 cities across the US on Saturday night
  • At least 25 cities in 16 states have imposed curfews, and most are expected to continue through Sunday night
  • There have been violent protests for four nights in Minneapolis, prompting the city's total lockdown after widespread property damage from fires and looting. Before 7am, AEST, protesters were gathering at the site of Floyd's death to continue their action on Sunday
  • At least four people have died so far in the protests, one in Minneapolis, one in Detroit and two in Indianapolis
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How did we get here?

As the protests in Minneapolis enter their sixth evening – with the movement spreading as far as London's Trafalgar Square – let's look back at the key events of the past week.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.Credit:Getty

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Credit:AP

  • On Friday, US President Donald Trump sent a tweet which indicated the military would use armed force with the now censored line, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." He has since continued to criticise the Minneapolis' Democrat governor and mayor.
  • A number of other protests broke out across the US : out the front of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in New York, outside the White House, in Dallas and in Denver.
  • It was also on Friday that Mr Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter in relation to Mr Floyd's death. He is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St Paul on $US500,000 bail.
Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.

Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.Credit:AP

It is now Sunday in the US and at least 25 cities have been placed under curfew. The death toll is understood to be at four, after two people were shot dead in Saturday's protest at Indianapolis. CNN reports 5000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states.

Over the weekend, the protests have spread internationally, including to London, Berlin and Toronto, attracting the world's attention.

Latest updates

More curfews announced, Minnesota closes highways

More curfews have been announced as Sunday night's George Floyd protests begin across the US.

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Manhattan and Philadelphia. The New York protest seems peaceful, with the group literally chanting "peaceful protest" and "if you see looting, stop it" in videos posted on social media.

In Philadelphia, where a 6pm curfew was introduced on Sunday, police have already begun to use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Meanwhile, a curfew is now in place for Beverly Hills after looting occurred in stores on Rodeo Drive on Saturday. Arizona announced a statewide curfew to last the week on Sunday afternoon.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died and the protests began, all highways into the city and neighbouring St Paul have been closed.

Editorial: unity of America’s states has sorely failed

Today's editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age remarks: "The unity of America’s states has been tested this year and it has sorely failed."

It continues to describe the ongoing protests and riots as "a flashpoint in America's year from hell".

"Their fires shed light on the nation’s many divisions: the acute racial inequalities that drive the current protests, both peaceful and violent; the partisan tribalism that has replaced debate; and the failures of American federalism which were already exposed for all to see by the coronavirus pandemic."

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Trump tweets after machete-wielding man assaulted in Dallas

The second day of protests in Dallas, Texas, reached a flash point late on Saturday as a widely circulated, graphic video showed a man charging at protesters with a machete before being brutally beaten.

In various videos on social media, the man is seen carrying a machete and chasing a group of protesters. A Dallas Police Department spokesman said the man was trying to protect his neighbourhood.

A pair of protestors are overcome with tear gas as they run from Dallas Police tactical officers on Friday.

A pair of protestors are overcome with tear gas as they run from Dallas Police tactical officers on Friday.Credit:AP

The man was then assaulted by a group of people, who kicked and punched him in the body and head. Once the attackers cleared, the unidentified man was left behind with a bloody head and twisted limbs, and he was not moving.

Shortly before midnight local time, the police spokesman said the victim was in stable condition at a hospital. The man was transported from the scene before officers arrived, the spokesman said.

US President Donald Trump called for consequences Sunday as he tweeted about the incident.

“SO TERRIBLE!” he wrote. “Where are the arrests and LONG TERM jail sentences?”

Trump retweeted a suggestion that the beaten man was attacked by Antifa, or anti-fascist, activists, whom the president and his advisers have blamed for the escalating violence amid a week of protests. But different leaders have advanced conflicting theories about who is behind the demonstrations’ destructive turn, and Dallas police said Sunday that no one had been arrested for the attack captured on video, according to local news outlets.

The Dallas police have been approached for a response.

Mayor Eric Johnson had earlier condemned the violence in an interview with WFAA ABC 8, adding that police are investigating the attack.

“It’s unacceptable for a beating like that to happen in my city,” Johnson said.

The initial call came in as a stabbing at the House of Blues, a popular downtown music venue.

By Rachel Siegel, Meryl Kornfield and Hannah Knowles, Washington Post

'I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry': Michael Jordan

Former professional basketball player Michael Jordan has released a powerful statement in support of the protests via his management.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," the statement begins.

"I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence towards people of colour in our country. We have had enough."

Target closes stores across the US after damage

US department store Target and pharmacist CVS are temporarily closing certain locations, including some that were damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Target said it has closed six stores for an extended period. It hopes to reopen its Lake Street store in Minneapolis by the end of this year. The store was near the place where Floyd was killed and it was heavily damaged during last week's protests. Another store in Minneapolis remains closed, along with stores in Oakland, California; Atlanta; Philadelphia and Chicago.

A police officer tries to put out a Los Angeles Police Department kiosk that was set on fire in The Grove shopping centre during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Saturday in Los Angeles.

A police officer tries to put out a Los Angeles Police Department kiosk that was set on fire in The Grove shopping centre during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Saturday in Los Angeles. Credit:AP

Target said it temporarily closed or adjusted hours at more than 200 stores over the weekend, but most were scheduled to reopen Sunday or Monday.

CVS didn't say how many stores it closed, but it said the shuttered locations are in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. A spokeswoman for the company said pharmacies at closed stores will reroute customers to a nearby CVS so they can get prescriptions filled.

"Employee and customer safety is our top priority, so we are continually monitoring protests as they occur in the communities we serve and will close stores, if needed, to help ensure the safety of employees and customers," CVS said in a statement.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country," Target said in a statement. "Our focus will remain on our team members' safety and helping our community heal."

Target said employees at stores that are closed will be paid for up to 14 days, including premiums they are earning due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will also be able to work at Target locations that remain open.

AP

Mayor who 'didn't see anything unreasonable' with Floyd arrest apologises

A white Mississippi mayor who caused an outrage with his tweets about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has apologised but says he won't resign.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx told the Hattiesburg American his remarks on social media about Floyd's death, which occurred after a white police officer knelt on his neck, "were made in haste and not well-thought out or expressed".

"I apologise to those who found them to be insensitive, and I apologise to the people of our city," Marx told the newspaper in an interview Saturday.

"Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?" Marx tweeted Tuesday, the day four Minneapolis police officers were fired. Floyd, 46, was handcuffed and pleading for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck Monday.

In a follow-up tweet, the Republican directly referenced the Floyd case, saying he "didn't see anything unreasonable": "If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn't show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."

Marx told the newspaper that city aldermen and others had wrongly characterised the tweets as racist.

"I did not make racist comments," Marx said, "and I have not mistreated anyone."

AP

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How did we get here?

As the protests in Minneapolis enter their sixth evening – with the movement spreading as far as London's Trafalgar Square – let's look back at the key events of the past week.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.Credit:Getty

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Credit:AP

  • On Friday, US President Donald Trump sent a tweet which indicated the military would use armed force with the now censored line, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." He has since continued to criticise the Minneapolis' Democrat governor and mayor.
  • A number of other protests broke out across the US : out the front of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in New York, outside the White House, in Dallas and in Denver.
  • It was also on Friday that Mr Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter in relation to Mr Floyd's death. He is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St Paul on $US500,000 bail.
Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.

Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.Credit:AP

It is now Sunday in the US and at least 25 cities have been placed under curfew. The death toll is understood to be at four, after two people were shot dead in Saturday's protest at Indianapolis. CNN reports 5000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states.

Over the weekend, the protests have spread internationally, including to London, Berlin and Toronto, attracting the world's attention.

Australians warned to avoid protests on Smartraveller website

Australians in the US have been warned to avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of American authorities after violent protests, looting and arson erupted coast-to-coast in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

The mass deployment of police and National Guard troops and curfews in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other major cities failed to halt lawlessness.

"There are protests taking place in a number of US cities and some have announced curfews," the Australian government's Smartraveller travel advice site warned.

"Some protests have turned violent. Avoid large gatherings. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media."

AP

Eleven arrested at London protests

Eleven people, the youngest aged 17, have been arrested by police outside the US embassy in London following largely peaceful protests on Sunday.

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square in London Sunday, May 31, 2020.

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square in London Sunday, May 31, 2020.Credit:PA

Metropolitan Police tweeted first that a group of five, and then an additional group of six, were arrested at the protest. A number of protesters were arrested for breaching COVID-19 legislation on social distancing.

Trump criticises Democrat Philadephia, tells state to call in National Guard

US President Donald Trump has continued to criticise Democrat-run cities for their response to the protests and increasing criminal behaviour, now turning his attention to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Trump called on the state to bring in the National Guard in a series of tweets on Sunday, as Philadelphia announced an earlier curfew.

Twenty-three US cities are now under curfew, after Dallas, Texas, announced a 7pm to 6am curfew on Sunday.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said at a press conference that the curfew would be in place "for the next several days", remarking: "We're not taking about protesters, we're talking about criminals."

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