USA: Police use tear gas and rubber bullets at George Floyd protest in Austin

Police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets as protester rallied over the killing of George Floyd in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Protesters tried to occupy the Interstate 35 highway as they gathered next to the nearby Austin police department building, with police using tear gas to prevent them doing so. Rally-goers were seen chanting, holding signs and banners, as they stood behind a line of deployed police officers. 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. Protests and demonstrations have taken place across the US in reaction to Floyd's death, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas.

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