Police Personnel Were Shot Dead During A US Rally

Two federal police officers were shot during a “I could not breathe” protest in Oakland, California, USA, in which one person died. 

“Two officers from the Federal Protection Service based in Oakland were wounded by the bullet. Unfortunately, one person died,” the Oakland Police Department, California, USA, announced today.

Police are investigating the incident, judging that the shooting involved protests that took place nearby. No information on the suspect or the health status of the officer is still alive.

Protesters demand justice for George Floyd in Oakland, USA on May 29. Photo: Reuters

The Oakland Police Department said at least 7,500 people took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, a black man who died when police controlled him in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Crowds damaged property throughout the city, many robbing shops, setting fires and attacking police. Officials arrested several people, but did not provide details. 

About 50 protesters in Minneapolis and nearly 200 in Houston, Texas, were also arrested. About 2,500 officers in Minneapolis are on duty to contain the crowd. Major General Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard predicts an additional 1,700 troops will be deployed to the area tomorrow. 

The protests with the slogan “I can’t breathe” came from Minneapolis, because the prosecutors had not initially decided to prosecute the police involved in Floyd’s death, even though the four were fired. Rage then spread to other parts of the United States. 

Derek Chauvin, a police officer clutched his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes, causing him to die, be charged with a third-degree murder and reckless manslaughter. The remaining three police officers are also under investigation and are likely to be prosecuted.