George Floyd death: Lawyer calls it ‘premeditated murder’

Protesters kneel to pray in Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington DC (AFP Photo credit)

A lawyer for the family of George Floyd, whose death sparked unrest across the US, has accused a police officer of “premeditated murder”.

Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder, but lawyer Benjamin Crump told CBS news it was a case of first-degree murder.

“We think that he had intent… almost nine minutes he kept his knee in a man’s neck that was begging and pleading for breath,” he said.

Looting is reported in Philadelphia.

Video from two Philadelphia TV stations on Sunday shows youths smashing several police cars and looting at least one store.

Reporting on the violence in West Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer says police cars were also set ablaze.

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