Riot police clashed with hundreds of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters who had gathered in Minneapolis (Minnesota state) on Tuesday, May 26, to denounce the death of an individual, George Floyd, who was arrested and then died while being restrained by police officers on Monday night (local time), May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired for their actions.
The demonstrators reportedly marched from the site of the arrest at 3700 block of Chicago Avenue to the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct building, where police had erected barriers. According to media sources, riot police fired tear gas, chemical irritants, and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who had begun throwing bottles, bricks, and other projectiles at police cars and vandalizing police property. Further information on possible injuries or arrests during the unrest was not immediately available.
Further rallies and subsequent clashes are likely in the near term.
Individuals in Minneapolis are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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