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29/05/2020 18:55 BST | Updated 29/05/2020 19:24 BST

Derek Chauvin: Police Officer Filmed Kneeling On George Floyd's Neck Charged With Murder

The death of an unarmed Black man after being knelt on during arrest has sparked days of rioting across the US.

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Protesters gather at the scene where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital.

The Minnesota police officer filmed kneeling on the neck of a man who later died in custody has been charged with murder.

George Floyd’s death on Monday night in Minneapolis sparked violent protests across the US, pitting protesters against police in a number of major cities.

Video taken by a bystander showed the 46-year-old pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer, later named as Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.

Minnesota’s public safety commissioner announced Chauvin had been taken into custody on Friday evening and was later charged with third-degree murder.

Chauvin and four other officers involved in the incident were fired on earlier this week.

Earlier on Friday, Minnesota governor Tim Walz called for an end to the violent protests that have rocked Minneapolis and said the state’s National Guard would work to restore order following three nights of arson, looting and vandalism.

Walz also said he expected “swift” justice for the officers involved and promised a reckoning with the racial inequities behind the unrest triggered by Floyd’s death.

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