Minneapolis wakes up to smoke and destruction after police death riot

The death of George Floyd, a black man pinned to the ground during an arrest by white officers, has rekindled accusations of police brutality towards the African-American community

A man faces a row of police holding a burnt upside-down US flag as protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles. AFP

The city of Minneapolis woke up on Thursday to billowing smoke and widespread damage in its southern districts after a night of rioting over the death of George Floyd, a black man pinned down by a white police officer.

The area around the Third Precinct Police Headquarters became the focal point of anger with shops and building sites set ablaze, looting and clashes with police. The mass outpouring of anger marks the third day of protests as people demand justice for Floyd’s death. The man’s family has called for the Minneapolis officers, now dismissed from the force, to be charged with murder. One fatal shooting was reported near the protests area, but the circumstances remained unclear.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.