US riots LIVE – Demonstrations turn violent as protesters clash with police

The death of George Floyd continued to cast its shadow over America today aa protesteers clashed with police on Saturday dutring the Justice for George rally in Philadelphia.

The protest began at noon outside of City Hall, where hundreds of people knelt in silence in honor of George Floyd. 

The demonstartion turned violent later in the aftrenoon, when multiple police vehicles were attacked and set on fire by rioters.

 State police say no troopers were injured and released a message on social media condemning the violence.

The statement said: “The demonstrators exercising their first amendment rights at City Hall and the Art Museum did so peacefully.

“We appreciate their voice and their manner of expression. However, since that time, others have convened in Center City and are committing criminal acts, including vandalism.

“Those acts will not be tolerated, and we strongly encourage everyone to refrain from entering Center City. We will continue provide updates throughout the evening.”

Mr Floyd died on Monday after an altercation with police in the Minnesota city of Minneapolis.

He was filed being arrested by law enforcement officilas.

He was forced to the ground, while an officer knelt on his neck.

Mr Floyd could be heard pleading with the law enforcement official, telling him he could not breathe.

Shortly afterwards he died, triggering violent riots in the Minnesota city, which then spread to other US cities. 

Derek Chauvin, the police officer involved, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

01.19am update: Masked demonstrator wielding automatic rifle filmd in downtown Seattle

A masked demonstarator was filmed wielding an automatic rifle in Seattle, before the weapon was snatched from him by what appeared to be a plained clothes policeman.

The man was arrested and led away.

01.00am update: Police officers dragged through streets by angry mobs in Chicago

Angry mobs attacked police officers in Chicago and then appeared to drag them across the street, as violence continued to rage across US cities on Saturday

11.57pm update: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sends special message to Donald Trump

At a press conference. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a special message for the US President, as America burns in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Ms Lightfoot told reporters at a press conference:”I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump—It begins with ‘F’ and it ends with ‘you.'”

11.53pm update: Riots underway in Los Angeles

Rioters have taken to the streets in Los Angeles, attacking and setting fire to more police cars, as vioenec around the US threatens to spiral out of control.

11.49pm update: Dallas protest erupts into violence

Demonstrators in Dallas have attacked police cars. Multiple occupied squad cars are being damaged by rioters. Protesters who disagree with the violence are being shouted down. Cops have begun to use tear gas & have called in police vans.

11.47pm update: Salt Lake City protests trun violent

Protesters in Salt Lake City attack a police car. Demonstrators flipped the police vehicle over and set fire to it

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