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Minneapolis police officers were ordered to abandon their posts as protests demanding justice for George Floyd intensified on May 28. | Julio Cortez/AP

From Minneapolis to New York City.

“Please, please, I can’t breathe, officer,” a man pleads, his wrists handcuffed behind his back, his face ground into the pavement. The police officer continues to press his knee into the man’s neck. The man, 46-year-old George Floyd, died later that day. Floyd was black; the cop, white.

The scene, which was captured on video, violently snapped America out of the inertia of the coronavirus pandemic. Floyd was killed on Monday, May 25. By Thursday, American cities were burning.

Protests have racked Minneapolis — where Floyd was killed — for three straight days. On Thursday, mourners held a vigil for Floyd. They marched, demanded justice, had a moment of silence.

But demonstrations later turned tense and sometimes violent. Police fired tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and rubber bullets at demonstrators. Rioters vandalized and looted local businesses. People scaled the walls of a police precinct and set it aflame. (The station was evacuated before protesters entered and started the fire.)

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A protester holds up a “Justice for George” sign next to a burning car outside a Target store in Minneapolis on May 28.

The fury wasn’t confined to Minneapolis. Protests rippled across the country. In Los Angeles, demonstrators surrounded police headquarters. In Columbus, Ohio, demonstrators smashed a window of the Statehouse, breached the building. In New York City, more than 70 people were arrested after clashes with police.

In Denver, demonstrators marched onto the interstate, disrupting traffic. Pockets of protesters shattered car windows. Shots were fired at the state Capitol, though it’s still not clear if they were connected to the protests.

In Louisville, Kentucky, protesters chanted “no justice, no peace” for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black healthcare worker who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville apartment in March. The peaceful protests in Louisville also escalated, and at least seven people were shot. Police said no officers discharged their weapons.

The rage over the deaths of Floyd, and Taylor may have ignited these uprisings, but the scenes below are a reminder that this is pent-up in a country where violence against black people keeps happening.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota

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A man holds a photo of George Floyd. Protesters gathered at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed.
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Protesters march through downtown Minneapolis.
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Demonstrators walked down a highway ramp on their march.
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A group of protesters gathered outside the home of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who is leading the investigation of George Floyd’s death.
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The gathering brought a large crowd.
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A police officer prepares to throw a tear gas canister towards protesters in St. Paul.
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Police aim their weapons at protesters in the parking lot of a Target store in St. Paul.
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A protestor douses her face with milk after being exposed to tear gas fired by police in St. Paul.
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A demonstrator displays a “Black Lives Matter” sign in St. Paul.
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Flames rise from a laundry service near the Third Police Precinct.
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Protesters stand and chant on top of a broken fence while the Third Precinct burns.
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A burning liquor store.
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A sign in Minneapolis.
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Protesters lobbed fireworks, rocks, and glass bottles at police near the Third Precinct.
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Police officers walk through a cloud of tear gas in St. Paul.
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Police officers block a road on May 29, the fourth day of protests in Minneapolis.
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A 190-unit Minneapolis apartment building under construction, tentatively known as Midtown Corner (right), was burned to the ground.

Louisville, Kentucky

Columbus, Ohio

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Protesters demonstrated in downtown Columbus in solidarity with nationwide uprisings after the death of George Floyd.
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A peaceful demonstration near the Ohio Statehouse became a clash between police and protesters.
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Protesters in Columbus chanted “black lives matter” and “say his name,” in reference to Floyd.
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A demonstrator pours milk over their face to counteract the effects of tear gas.

New York City

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New Yorkers joined in protests on May 28 of the killing of George Floyd.
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Protesters face the police.
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Police arrest a demonstrator.
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Police and protesters clash.
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A police officer arrests a protester.

Denver, Colorado

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A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
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Signs at a rally.
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Protesters face off with Denver police.
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Protesters hold their hands up, face to face with police.
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A protester lies in the street after Denver police officers fired pepper balls at demonstrators outside the Colorado State Capitol.

Los Angeles, California

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People take to the streets during a Black Lives Matter protest over the death of George Floyd in downtown Los Angeles.
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Demonstrators sitting in the street downtown.
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LAPD officers line up as protesters react to the death of George Floyd.
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A demonstrator holds a United States flag as someone lights it on fire during a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27.

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Author: Jen Kirby

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