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USA: Police officers take a knee with George Floyd protesters in Des Moines

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Mandatory Credit: City of Des Moines

Police officers took a knee in a show of solidarity with protesters in Des Moines on Sunday night, as protests raged across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week.

Officers can be seen kneeling to the cheers of crowds nearby. According to the City of Des Moines’s Facebook page, the act occurred shortly before the 9 PM curfew, and afterwards the crowds left peacefully.

Protests and demonstrations have taken place across the world, having begun in the US in reaction to Floyd’s death, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas.

Floyd, an African-American Houston native, died in Minneapolis earlier this week after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, “I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

Mandatory Credit: City of Des Moines

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