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USA: Viral video shows George Floyd protester pepper-sprayed by Michigan police01:00

USA: Viral video shows George Floyd protester pepper-sprayed by Michigan police

United States, Michigan
June 4, 2020 at 11:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

An internal investigation has been opened by the police in Grand Rapids, Michigan after a viral video showed a protester at a George Floyd rally being pepper-sprayed by an officer. The video also shows a tear gas canister being fired at point-blank range shortly thereafter.

The protester seemingly approaches the officers empty-handed before being maced and shot at.

The footage was filmed on Saturday, May 30 during a Facebook Live Stream and it has now been viewed millions of times.

Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me."

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. Additional charges were also brought against three other officers involved in the arrest.

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An internal investigation has been opened by the police in Grand Rapids, Michigan after a viral video showed a protester at a George Floyd rally being pepper-sprayed by an officer. The video also shows a tear gas canister being fired at point-blank range shortly thereafter.

The protester seemingly approaches the officers empty-handed before being maced and shot at.

The footage was filmed on Saturday, May 30 during a Facebook Live Stream and it has now been viewed millions of times.

Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me."

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. Additional charges were also brought against three other officers involved in the arrest.

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