Protests stemming from the death of an unarmed Black man, while in police custody, last Monday, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, broadened to 30 cities, including the White House, across the United States (US), last night, as crowds demonstrated manifestations and frustrations of discontent to widening division in the country.
Minneapolis, the epicenter of this round of American protests, witnessed its fourth-consecutive night of unrest. A police station was among structures set ablaze and a few stores were looted. It was in that city on Memorial Day that police detained unarmed George Floyd, who later died in police custody, following video of a now fired cop choking Floyd with his knee to the Black man's neck for in excess of eight-minutes as Floyd complained that he could not breathe. The fired policeman was himself arrested yesterday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
That arrest did nothing to quell public discontent to the too often repeated deaths of Blacks at the hands of law enforcement. From Minnesota, to Colorado, to Georgia, to Kentucky, to Michigan, to Colorado, to New York, to the District of Columbia, including the White House, and in some 30-cities across the US, protests brewed last night. Authorities are planning to deploy national guard troops across the US tonight in an attempt to quash demonstrations.
While deploying armed troops could diffuse some raucous protests, the discontent of many Americans to persistent racist division within the nation will continue until there is full and accepted amelioration of inequality in social, economic and political affairs in the supposed land of democracy and of freedom.