51 protesters arrested after officer in Floyd death released
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - 51 people were arrested during Wednesday's protests after a former Minneapolis police officer charged with the death of George Floyd was released on bail.
Derek Chauvin was held in a Minnesota prison awaiting trial in March on murder and other charges. He was released on Wednesday after depositing a $ 1 million bond. He was held in a state prison instead of a local prison for security reasons.
On Wednesday evening, about 300 people peacefully marched near where Minneapolis police attempted to arrest Floyd on May 25 for allegedly handing over a fake $ 20 bill in a supermarket. Floyd died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for a few minutes, even after the handcuffed black man asked for air.
Among the protesters was Gabriel Black Elk, whose brother Paul Castaway was killed by police in Denver in July 2015. Elk told the Star Tribune he had come to show his support for Floyd's family.
"I'm also out here as a family member to show support and say that it shouldn't have happened today. He should have stayed there," said Black Elk, an organizer for Native Lives Matter see these cops get away with murder. It's just too much. It's too much to see over and over again. "
Tensions increased outside a police station in Minneapolis later on Wednesday as police moved in and ordered the crowd to disperse. A live feed from Unicorn Riot showed several people being ordered to the ground in preparation for arrest.
Police spokesman John Elder said 49 of the arrests were due to wrongdoing. Many of them were charged with unlawful gathering. One person was arrested for 4th degree assault and another was arrested on an arrest warrant.
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