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Sunday May 31 2020
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As the George Floyd protests wreak havoc in US, here's how social media reacted

By
AAGENCIES
,
Web Desk
Police detain a protester during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: AFP

The death of African American citizen George Floyd has sparked nationwide protests across the United States with many taking to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality.

Floyd, 46, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has become a fresh symbol of police brutality against blacks and sparked civil unrest not seen in the United States for years.

The protests have led to major US cities including  Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia ordering its citizens to remain indoors after thousands took to the streets to protest against the crime.

Also read: Curfews and clashes in US as protests rage across country

US President Trump has blamed the extreme left for the violence, including widespread looting and arson in Minneapolis, saying rioters were dishonoring the memory of Floyd.

"We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities," the president said.

"My administration will stop mob violence. And we'll stop it cold," he added, accusing the loose-knit militant anti-fascist network Antifa of orchestrating the violence.

Here's a look at how demonstrations took place on May 30, 2020, across the US. 

 
A man talks with police officers next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the death of George Floyd continue for a third night on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: AFP

Former US Democratic Party presidential hopeful says too many police cops have a 'bad attitude'

Protestors march during a demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFP

Texas police official runs over young lady 

Protestors march during a demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFP
 Protesters raise their arms during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020. Picture taken May 30, 2020. Photo: Reuters 

Rapper Killer Mike gives impassioned speech to protesters

Protesters riot in the streets following a peaceful rally expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: AFP
Demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd outside of the city´s 5th police precinct on May 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: AFP

The 'Dark Knight' comes out for the protests 

Police arrest WCCO journalists live on air 

A woman flees from a volley of tear gas as demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd outside of the city's 5th police precinct on May 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: AFP

Protestors and police stand off as tear gas is deployed in the streets on May 30, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: AFP

National guard attacks people in their homes  

A police line is seen during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: AFP

New York police ram car in demonstrators 

Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest in Lafayette Square Park on May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Protesters fire dumpster near White House  

A protester argues with a NYPD police officer as they clash during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, US, May 30, 2020. Photo: AFP