Minneapolis Protests – level 3
On Monday, George Floyd, an African American man from Minneapolis, US, died after he had been detained by police for allegedly using fake money in a store.
A police officer held Floyd on the ground with his knee on Floyd´s neck for at least seven minutes. Floyd repeated several times that he couldn´t breathe. Then he fell silent, and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The four white police officers involved in the detention were fired; however, protesters are calling for stronger action. The Minneapolis mayor, Jacob Frey, said that the officer, who kneeled on Floyd, must face criminal charges.
On Tuesday night, protesters gathered outside a Minneapolis police station and fought with officers. A second night of protests turned violent with demonstrators setting fire to local businesses and looting. Police officers used tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse the crowd.
Difficult words: detain (when the police stop someone), pronounce dead (to say formally that someone has died), loot (to steal goods from stores or houses during a protest or war), disperse (to spread over a wide area).
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