By TIM SULLIVAN and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday after three days of often-violent protests that resulted in looting across parts of Minneapolis.
His comments came the morning after protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned during a third night of violence.
A visibly tired and frustrated Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made his first public appearance of the night early Friday at City Hall and took responsibility for evacuating the precinct, saying it had become too dangerous for officers.
In New York City, protesters defied New York’s coronavirus prohibition on public gatherings Thursday, clashing with police, while demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Denver and downtown Columbus.
The city on Thursday released a transcript of the 911 call that brought police to the grocery store where Floyd was arrested.