The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested no less than 40 people during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, an African-American man had died on Monday evening after a white police officer knelt on his neck, obstructing his breathing. According to the footage, Floyd repeatedly told the officer that he could not breathe.
Protesters marched down to City Hall, chanting slogans against police violence including: “No justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe” – Floyd’s words while being pinned to the ground.
Local media reported that there were several scuffles between demonstrators and officers present at the scene, with protesters throwing bottles at the cops.
According to the NYPD sources, cited by the New York Post, at least five of the arrests were made near East 13th Street and Fourth Avenue.
Two officers were injured during the clashes, police said.
Charges against the detainees include assault of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and civil disobedience.