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Four Police Officers Shot During George Floyd Protests in St. Louis

SAINT-LOUIS, USA – Police said four police officers were hit by gunfire after the peaceful protests in St. Louis on Monday turned violent overnight, with demonstrators breaking windows and stealing items from businesses and fires burning in the city center.
The police department tweeted Tuesday morning that the police had been taken to the hospital with injuries that did not appear to be fatal. It was not clear who had fired the shots.
The chaos in St. Louis followed continuing protests in Missouri on Monday over the death of George Floyd and the police treatment of African Americans, with rallies also held in Kansas City and Jefferson City.
Monday afternoon, several hundred people gathered peacefully in front of the justice center in downtown Saint-Louis, including Mayor Lyda Krewson and Director of Public Security for Saint-Louis Jimmie Edwards. Protesters then went to Gateway Arch National Park and then to nearby Interstate 64.
But later on, protesters gathered outside the police headquarters, where police fired tear gas. Some protesters smashed the windows of a downtown 7-11 store and stole interior items before the building was burned down.
Protests have joined dozens of people in the United States who have escalated since the May 25 death in Minneapolis of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white policeman pressed his knee to the neck.
The now-former officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder.
Three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have also been dismissed, but activists are demanding that they also be charged.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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