Protesters gathered at Main and Terminal Saturday afternoon and walked into downtown Vancouver in solidarity with demonstrations across North America demanding justice over George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
"The protesters need to know we're going to support their efforts in a peaceful, nonviolent protest", Kemp told television station WSB late Saturday.
The fury sparked by Floyd's death was compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, which has left millions out of work and killed more than 100,000 people in the US, including disproportionate numbers of black people. A man who tried to stop them was knocked to the ground as protesters knocked items off the store shelves, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. In a number of states, the National Guard has been called to the scene and curfews have been imposed in several cities to curb the unrest.
The precinct was destroyed in a fire Thursday night set by rioters after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ordered police to vacate the building.
Law enforcement officials responded by cracking down on protesters and journalists alike with tear gas and rubber bullets.
NY police clash with protesters marching against George Floyd death
Minneapolis has seen fierce protests in the wake of the incident.
(CNN)President Donald Trump pledged a crackdown of the protests that arose from the police killing of George Floyd, sparking concerns from some Democrats and Republicans that his response to the crisis further deepens the divide in a country already unnerved by a pandemic, distressed economy and racial unrest. Authorities said that number would soon rise to almost 11,000.
At The Grove, a kiosk for the Los Angeles Police Department was set on fire, while the Nordstrom store next door was broken into. Some protesters also attacked a NY police van, spray painting it and breaking windows.
The officer who held his knee to Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
After mass public outrage escalated into riots and looting, curfews were imposed in cities across the USA - including, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Columbus and Minneapolis, among others. Floyd's death Monday in police custody. Police say at least three officers were hurt and there were multiple arrests as protesters shot at officers with BB guns and threw bricks, bottles and knives. Several officers have been killed in the clashes, according to authorities. The protests of Floyd's killing have gripped many more cities, but the losses in Minneapolis have yet to approach the staggering totals Los Angeles saw during five days of rioting in 1992, when more than 60 people died, 2,000-plus were injured and thousands arrested, with property damage topping $1 billion.
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