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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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Since May 26th, protests in the US have taken place following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The protests appear to be largely peaceful during the day, with violence escalating later in each of the days.

As of June 2, governors in 24 states and Washington, D.C. had called in the National Guard to respond to the protests. Over 17,000 troops have been activated.

During an address on June 1st, US President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military in response to the unrest: “If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them”.

As of June 2nd, 11 deaths related to the protests have taken place.

  • On May 27th in Minneapolis, Calvin Horton Jr. died after being fatally shot during a protest. A local shopowner was arrested, and police sources indicated that the suspect had blamed Horton for the looting of his store.
  • On May 30th in St. Louis, a man died after being dragged between the wheels of a FedEx truck trailer that, according to police, was fleeing from a group of protestors.
  • On May 30th in Omaha, 22-year-old protester James Scurlock was fatally shot outside of a bar. The shooter was the owner of the bar, who had a scuffle with a group of protesters and ended up firing several shots, one of which struck Scurlock in the clavicle, killing him. The bar owner was deemed acting in self-defense and there would be no charges against him.
  • On June 1st in Louisville, local restaurateur David McAtee was killed when the Louisville Metro Police and the Kentucky National Guard opened fire on a crowd of protesters. These authorities alleged that they returned fire after shots were fired at them. According to the victim’s sister, the gathering was not a protest but rather a regularly scheduled social gathering at which McAtee served food from his barbecue restaurant.
  • On June 1st in Davenport, Iowa, two people were fatally shot on a night with significant rioting. One police officer was also wounded in a shooting.
  • On June 1st in Cicero, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), two people were killed following an “afternoon of unrest”; this was confirmed by Cicero Police.
  • On June 1st in Las Vegas, police shot and killed Jorge Gomez. Gomez was walking among protesters as a demonstration was coming to an end and allegedly reached for his firearm when he was shot.
  • On June 2nd in Philadelphia, a looter was fatally shot by the owner of the gun shop, Firing Line Inc., while trying to break into the store in the south section of the city.
  • On June 2nd in St. Louis, 77-year-old retired police captain David Dorn was shot and killed by looters at a pawn shop.

There are numerous videos that show police and protester violence. The police are particularly brutal against media, with videos showing them assault camera crews.

A video was posted of police officers vandalizing their own car to blame it on protesters.

However, violence against police is also increasing.

Business owners are also increasingly violent against what they presume would be rioters and looters.

And the protests aren’t taking place in the US alone. People all around the world are coming out in peaceful protests against racism.

 

At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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At Least 11 Killed In U.S. Protests So Far, As Violence Appears To Escalate

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Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is entirely in denial claiming that there were no problems.

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