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Black man shot by police – protests in the United States

New protests against racism and police violence erupted in Minneapolis, USA, with a black man shot dead during a police intervention. The National Guard is deployed.

A mural depicting George Floyd, who died in connection with a police intervention last year.picture: Maya Alerrozo / AP / TT

Police arrested the 20-year-old man in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn on Sunday night, local media reported.

He called his mother to tell him what had happened, and during the conversation she heard how the police asked him to turn off the phone. The conversation ended and soon after, the 20-year-old’s friend heard him and told him that he had been shot, the mother said.

Hundreds of people gathered outside a police station at Brooklyn Station, northwest Minneapolis, during the evening. Some jumped onto the windshield of a police car. Police equipped with crowds fired tear gas and dispersal bombs to disperse the crowd, according to an AFP journalist who was there.

At midnight local time (7 am Monday Swedish time) the National Guard was in place.

Police say a patrol stopped the 20-year-old for a traffic offense and discovered he was wanted. When they tried to arrest him, he must have sat in the car again, at which point the police opened fire.

Police said a woman sitting in the car was injured but not a threat to her life. The mayor of Brooklyn described the accident as “tragic.”

The man was shot just 16 kilometers from where George Floyd was killed in connection with a brutal police intervention in May of last year. The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of murder, is ongoing in Minneapolis.

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Floyd’s death marked the start of several months of major protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and a number of other countries.