US: Man shot dead at protest for African-American who was killed in custody

A suspect has been detained and the cause for the shooting is being investigated

minneapolis-fire-george-floyd-rioting-AP A man poses for a photo in the parking lot of an AutoZone store in flames, while protesters hold a rally for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | AP

Citizens in Minneapolis have been out protesting after a video of a police officer kneeling on the neck of an African-American, eventually killing him went viral. 

And now, one man has been shot dead amid the protests. The police are now looking into the shooting along with investigating the death of George Floyd, that took place in custody. 

After Floyd’s death, a ruckus broke out in the city. After protestors gathered early afternoon near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of the city, protestors were milling in streets, running in and out of stores, looting them. Some protestors set fires on the street. 

According to police spokesman John Elder, officers responded to a report of stabbing near the protests, when they found a man lying on the sidewalk with what turned out to be a bullet wound. 

He said that a suspect is in custody and investigations on what led to the shooting is still going on. 

It was the second night of violent protest since the death of Floyd, whom the police had detained for trying to lay at a grocery store with counterfeit money. The officers involved in the incident that led to Floyd’s death were fired immediately and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey called the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck to be criminally charged. 

Protesters also gathered Wednesday evening at the officer’s suburban home as well as the Minneapolis home of Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County prosecutor who would make a charging decision in the case.

Floyd’s death is being protested in California too. A protest in Los Angeles blocked a freeway and protesters shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers on Wednesday.

Celebrities have also shown condemnation towards Floyd’s death on social media. 

Chance the Rapper at a rally in Chicago said, “We are not going to let this sh— keep happening.”

Singer Demi Lovato, on Instagram, called for how’re people to stand up against police brutality.

Director Ava Duvernay wrote on Twitter, “You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die on the street,  murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our rage, our action. We must act— for you and for all of those where no camera was present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd"