USA: National Guard use rubber bullets to keep Minneapolis protest at bay

National guard patrolling the streets in Minneapolis on Sunday were using rubber bullets and alleged tear gas to keep protests descending into unrest. Several protesters came prepared with items including wet balaclavas to protect against tear gas they expected to be used. Several protesters accused the police of using tear gas, and one insisted «everybody is just peacefully protesting and they are just stopping everything they can. Nobody is being violent at all and there is tear gas for no reason.» Protests and demonstrations have taken place across the US in reaction to Floyd's death, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas, including Minneapolis. Floyd, a Houston native, died in Minneapolis earlier this week 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 third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

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