George Floyd death: Minneapolis police station set on fire during protests

George Floyd death: Minneapolis police station set on fire during protests

- Protests over George Floyd's murder by U.S police officers have escalated

- Videos shared on social media shows cheering protesters broke set a police precinct on fire

- The protests are now spreading across the U.S with demonstrators seen in New York, Los Angeles and Memphis

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Recall that President Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections or immunity enjoyed by social media platforms.

The executive order empowers the regulators to pursue legal actions against Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for the way they police content on their platforms.

The new executive order seeks to clarify the Communications Decency Act, an American law that gives social media platforms legal protection in certain situations.

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