Black Lives Matter protesters chant ‘I can’t breathe’ in London and Manchester over death of George Floyd in US – The Sun
BLACK Lives Matter protesters marched through the UK today chanting "I can't breathe" over the death of George Floyd in the US.
Hundreds of activisits gathered in Trafalagar Square in London today holding placards reading: "Racism has no place".
Others echoed the final words of George, a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he gasped "I can't breathe".
Dramatic footage taken in the capital today showed protesters taking a knee for the 46-year-old in a move made famous by American football player Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick famously knelt for Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott following their 2016 deaths at the hands of US police officers.
The demonstrators wore face masks and appeared to be social distancing as they stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the world.
They raised their fists in the air as they yelled "no justice, no piece" in a stand against police brutality.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police are aware of demonstrators gathering in Trafalgar Square, Westminster this afternoon.
"Officers are on scene & engaging with those in attendance. An appropriate policing plan is in place."
Other protests are also taking place across the UK – including in Manchester and Cardiff.
It came after people marched through Peckham in George's memory yesterday as they vowed more protests in the UK.
The 46-year-old was handcuffed and on the ground in Minneapolis earlier this week before falling unconscious.
Shocking video of him pinned down, which has gone viral, shows Mr Floyd begging for air saying, "please, I can't breathe" and "don't kill me".
Protests have since flared up across the US, with the movement against police brutality going global.
On Saturday afternoon protesters in London carried placards reading "solidarity" and "Black lives matter".
Some read "the UK is not innocent" as dozens of people marched through Peckham, stopping buses and cars on the main road.
Protests in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow have also been planned.
Demonstrators have been told to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules to stay safe in the coronavirus pandemic.
In America Minneapolis has issued a curfew starting at 8pm Friday in response to heated protests that have taken over the city since Mr Floyd's death on Monday night.
Despite Mayor Jacob Frey pleading for peace, the riots continued, prompting Frey to issue a curfew on Friday.
Days of looting and arson in the Minnesota city has escalated into nationwide protests against police brutality.
A 19-year-old man was killed after shots were fired into a crowd during protests in Detroit on Friday night.
Police said the shots were fired from an unknown suspect in a vehicle. An officer was not involved in the shooting.
In Oakland, California, where 8,000 protesters took to the streets, two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds, CNN reported. One died from his injury.
Meanwhile the White House was briefly locked down yesterday as protesters faced off with the US Secret Service and burned American flags while chanting "No justice, no peace".
Criminal charges were filed on Friday against fired police officer Derek Chauvin, 44.He has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin faces up to 35 years in prison for over his "inherently dangerous" actions during the tragedy that has sparked riots and protests across the US.
His attorney, Tom Kelly, declined to comment about the allegations against his client, who remains jailed with his first court appearance yet to be scheduled.
A a preliminary autopsy did not find evidence of "traumatic asphyxia or strangulation" and found Mr Floyd may have died from being restrained as well as from underlying health conditions.
Mr Floyd's family has called in an independent forensic pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, to conduct his own autopsy, calling the official report "an illusion".
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