What is happening in the US?

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On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died in Minneapolis being restrained by the police

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He died shortly after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for at least 8 minutes despite Floyd's gasping for breath and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”

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Video footage of the incident broadcast by the media and went viral on social media platforms

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4 policemen have since been fired, and the FBI has been called in to conduct a federal civil rights probe

Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder

The death has triggered violent unrest in Minneapolis, leading to a state of peacetime emergency being declared in Minnesota state

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By May 31, protests were underway in more than 100 US cities, including New York City, Boston and Los Angeles

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Protests are also happening in other countries including London, Germany, Berlin, Canada and Italy

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The protests have led to shootings and multiple deaths

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Floyd’s repeated cry for help, “I can’t breathe”, prompted comparisons between the incident and the death of Eric Garner in 2014

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Garner, an unarmed African American man, had uttered the same words 11 times as he was held in a chokehold by a police officer in New York City before he died.

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‘I can’t breathe’ has now become a rallying cry among protesters

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The incident once again brought to the fore concerns over the law enforcement’s bias against the African American minority

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