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In pictures: 'I can't breathe' — George Floyd's killing sparks protests across US

Dozens of US cities remain under curfews after Floyd’s death, the latest case of police brutality against black men, prompts an outcry over racism.

02 Jun 2020

The United States has been engulfed by protests, some of which have turned violent, over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer last week.

A video shared online from a bystander shows a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

Dozens of cities across the United States remain under curfews not seen since riots after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Floyd’s death was the latest case of police brutality against black men caught on videotape and prompting an outcry over racism in US law enforcement.

It reignited simmering racial tensions in a politically divided country that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with African Americans accounting for a disproportionately high number of cases.

A protester holds a die-in in front of a row of police officers during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, at the State Capital building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on June 1. — AFP
A protester holds a die-in in front of a row of police officers during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, at the State Capital building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on June 1. — AFP

Protestors hold up placards during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, in New York. — AFP
Protestors hold up placards during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, in New York. — AFP

NYPD police officers arrest a protestor during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, in New York. — AFP
NYPD police officers arrest a protestor during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, in New York. — AFP

People lie down in the middle of the street in front of the Colorado State Capitol to protest on June 1, in Denver, Colorado. — AFP
People lie down in the middle of the street in front of the Colorado State Capitol to protest on June 1, in Denver, Colorado. — AFP

A demonstrator holds a sign while she marches on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California, during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd. — AFP
A demonstrator holds a sign while she marches on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California, during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd. — AFP

Protestors hold up placards during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, on June 1 in New York. — AFP
Protestors hold up placards during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, on June 1 in New York. — AFP

People march in protest of the death of George Floyd in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington on June 1. — AFP
People march in protest of the death of George Floyd in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington on June 1. — AFP

Demonstrators hold up placards protest outside of the White House, over the death of George Floyd, in Washington DC on June 1. — AFP
Demonstrators hold up placards protest outside of the White House, over the death of George Floyd, in Washington DC on June 1. — AFP

Television personality, Kai Wes, left, and college student, Wendy Chavez, right, are arrested for violating a county-wide curfew at a protest in Van Nuys,  on June 1, 2020. — AP
Television personality, Kai Wes, left, and college student, Wendy Chavez, right, are arrested for violating a county-wide curfew at a protest in Van Nuys, on June 1, 2020. — AP

National Guard assist the Philadelphia Police Department in controlling the area near City Hall and the Municipal Services Building during a march by protesters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2020. — Reuters
National Guard assist the Philadelphia Police Department in controlling the area near City Hall and the Municipal Services Building during a march by protesters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2020. — Reuters

A protestor stands near a fire on the street during a protest in St Louis, Missouri, on June 2. — Reuters
A protestor stands near a fire on the street during a protest in St Louis, Missouri, on June 2. — Reuters

A protester returns a tear gas cannister during a march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1.— Reuters
A protester returns a tear gas cannister during a march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1.— Reuters


Header image: People lie down in the middle of the street in front of the Colorado State Capitol to protest on June 1, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. — AFP