UNITED STATES – Part of America is set on fire after George Floyd died in police arrest. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in several major American cities from Washington to New York, passing through Atlanta or Los Angeles to demand “justice for George Floyd”.
In Detroit, a 19-year-old young man was shot dead on the evening of Friday, May 29, local police spokeswoman Sgt Nicole Kirkwood confirmed. A person driving an SUV fired shots at the crowd before fleeing, relays the US news agency APNews.
The shooting took place in the neighborhood of Greektown, where tension was already palpable between law enforcement and protesters. According to the spokesperson, no officer was involved in this shooting.
Police are looking for the suspect whose motives are not known, according to NBC. The victim was taken to hospital where she died of her injuries.
According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the “vast majority” of protesters were peaceful, but several police vehicles were damaged. A police officer was however injured by a stone throw. “We know that the people outside the city of Detroit who converged on the site of the demonstration do not represent this city,” added James Craig. Nine people were arrested, seven of whom were not from Detroit.
In other American cities, like Minneapolis, the tension has increased a notch this weekend. In the town where George Floyd died, the National Guard was deployed as gunfire targeted police officers without injuring anyone.
Derek Chauvin and the three other agents, implicated in the drama which led to the death of George Floyd, were fired and federal and local inquiries were opened to establish their responsibilities. Derek Chauvin has also been charged with manslaughter.
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