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Large group of protesters call for justice for George Floyd

Floyd died after video shows an officer pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for five minutes.
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People protested in south Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, demanding justice for George Floyd.

Floyd died Monday evening after being the subject of an arrest in Minneapolis where an officer pressed his knee on his neck for about five minutes. Video of the incident shows Floyd saying, "I can't breathe."

The four officers involved have been fired. The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the incident. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in a Facebook live interview with North News Tuesday afternoon said the technique the officer used – putting his knee on Floyd's neck for minutes – is not permitted by the Minneapolis Police Department.

"The technique that was used is not sanctioned, not authorized, it is not a technique in which officers are trained-in on and was wrong. Blatantly wrong and malicious in every sense," Frey said. 

When asked in the North News interview about protests, Frey said he supports peoples' right to express themselves and encouraged people to voice their opinions, anger, heartbreak and sadness over Floyd's death.

But, because we're in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, he asked people protesting to wear a mask and keep a safe physical distance from others to ensure that this "horrid death" does not lead to more. 

A crowd of people on Tuesday afternoon protested at Chicago and 38th in South Minneapolis, where Floyd died.

Carrying signs including "Black Lives Matter," some protesters sat down in the middle of the intersection, blocking it to traffic. Most people were wearing masks, with some passing them out to people at the scene. There was also hand sanitizer and water available. 

Some tweets and photos from the scene:

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Another protest against police violence is also scheduled at Chicago and 38th for 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

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