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Violent protests erupt in US cities over George Floyd killing; Trump hid in underground bunker

Violent protests erupt in US cities over George Floyd killing; Trump hid in underground bunker

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Jun 2020, 07:14 am

Washington/Minneapolis/IBNS: Widespread violent protests broke out in various cities of the United States on Sunday over the killing of black man George Floyd by a 44-year old white police officer, media reports said.

Curfews have been imposed in an almost 40 cities.

However, people have hardly followed the curfew and hit the streets to protest against Floyd's death.

Riot police clashed with the protesters in several cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.

Police also fired tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the protesting mob.

Media learnt that US President Donald Trump along with his family in the face of the massive protests on last Friday took refuge in an underground bunker at the White House, the residence of the American President.

About 150 demonstrators were arrested in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin by pressing his knee into the black man's neck, for violating curfew on Sunday.

Trump took to Twitter to accuse the protesters of "looting stores" in Philadelphia.

He tweeted, "Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW! They are looting stores. Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did (thank you President Trump) last night in Minneapolis. Is this what voters want with Sleepy Joe? All Dems!"

Floyd, a Houston native who had worked as a nightclub security guard, was arrested after being accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store.

Chauvin, who has reportedly been charged with murdering Floyd, is due to appear in the court on Monday.

(Image Credit: Screenshot grab from video)