May 30, 2020 07:22 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 31, 2020 16:51 Asia/Tehran]

Minneapolis city imposed a nighttime curfew for all public places including streets amid escalating violent protests over the death of George Floyd, an African American man.

Iran PressAmerica: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday a mandatory nighttime curfew following three straight nights of growing protests and violence in the biggest city in the US Midwest state of Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

Dakota and Anoka counties and the cities of Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Maple Grove, Richfield, and Roseville have joined the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in imposing a curfew starting 8 p.m. Friday.

Violations of the cities’ curfew are a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

The move to put curfews in place comes after violent protests erupted throughout the region over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, aged 46, died on Monday evening shortly after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe," and "please, I can't breathe." Chauvin was arrested earlier on Friday and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter amid a national outrage following Floyd's death.

Minneapolis has been severely damaged after three nights of protests and riots, with fires burning on the streets and businesses looted. The police precinct closest to where Floyd was captured on video was set on fire by angry protesters late on Thursday night.

In St. Paul, more than 170 businesses were damaged or looted overnight, the city's police department said early Friday morning.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday declared a state of emergency and activated the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.


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