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USA: LA protesters block highway, burn US flag over George Floyd killing02:13

USA: LA protesters block highway, burn US flag over George Floyd killing

United States, Los Angeles
May 28, 2020 at 11:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters in downtown Los Angeles temporarily blocked Highway 101 and burned a US flag during a demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd following a police encounter on Monday, in Minneapolis.

Protesters gathered in front of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, chanting and holding signs. A group of protesters was seen burning a US flag.

Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly ten minutes as he was saying "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me." Four officers involved in the incident were fired.

Floyd's case echoes that of Eric Garner, who died by strangulation as the result of a chokehold by a police officer in New York City, in 2014. Garner could also be heard saying "I can't breathe" in the video of the incident.

Garner's case, along with many others, including Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson in 2014, and Trayvon Martin, fatally shot in 2013 by George Zimmerman, a private citizen who was acquitted on all charges, helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement, which calls attention to the deaths of unarmed African-American men and women, rarely resulting in criminal convictions.

USA: LA protesters block highway, burn US flag over George Floyd killing02:13
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Protesters in downtown Los Angeles temporarily blocked Highway 101 and burned a US flag during a demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd following a police encounter on Monday, in Minneapolis.

Protesters gathered in front of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, chanting and holding signs. A group of protesters was seen burning a US flag.

Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly ten minutes as he was saying "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me." Four officers involved in the incident were fired.

Floyd's case echoes that of Eric Garner, who died by strangulation as the result of a chokehold by a police officer in New York City, in 2014. Garner could also be heard saying "I can't breathe" in the video of the incident.

Garner's case, along with many others, including Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson in 2014, and Trayvon Martin, fatally shot in 2013 by George Zimmerman, a private citizen who was acquitted on all charges, helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement, which calls attention to the deaths of unarmed African-American men and women, rarely resulting in criminal convictions.

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