USA: Several arrested as George Floyd protests reach NYC's Times Square

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York City's Times Square on Saturday for the third day of protests over the death of George Floyd. The police made several arrests as protesters blocked the traffic in the city’s most iconic square. Rallies also popped up in Harlem, Brooklyn and many other areas around New York City. Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a plea for calm and promised that any police officers who had used unnecessary force during the protests would be held accountable. 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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