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Black Lives Matter Protesters Take To Streets Of London Over George Floyd Death

Black Lives Matter Protesters Take To Streets Of London Over George Floyd Death

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets of London amid international fury over the death of George Floyd.

The 46-year-old black man died on Monday (25 May) after he was arrested in Minnesota, USA, for alleged fraud, with harrowing footage showing him struggling to breathe as officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

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In clips widely circulated online, Mr Floyd can be heard asking the officers to get off him, telling them he couldn't breathe and that he was in pain.

One on-looker can be heard saying: "Bro, he's not f***ing moving! Get off of his neck!"

Mr Floyd was tragically later pronounced dead.

His death has since sparked riots in the streets of Minneapolis and marches across the world, with protesters demanding action be taken against the officers involved.

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Hundreds of people marched through Peckham, in the south-east of the capital yesterday (Saturday), chanting 'solidarity' and 'black lives matter'.

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Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.

Mr Freeman informed the media that investigations were being made into the three other officers involved in the incident.

He also told the press that it was an 'extraordinary' case in that it involved a person being charged within four days of the crime being committed, which, he said, had never been done before.

Upon hearing the news, the US Senator for Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, said: "Police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter in killing of George Floyd. And there may be subsequent charges. First step towards justice."

George Floyd died on Monday. Credit: Offices of Ben Crump Law
George Floyd died on Monday. Credit: Offices of Ben Crump Law

Earlier on Friday, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety told LADbible that Chauvin had been taken into custody.

They said: "At 11.44am, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on probable cause related to the May 25 death of George Floyd.

"Agents took Mr Chauvin into custody in Minneapolis. Information about charging decisions will follow from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

"The BCA continues to work in partnership with the FBI to gather all facts and information related to this case. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Black Lives Matter, World News, London

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.