Two dead as violence and fury erupts in dozens of US cities
“Quite candidly, right now, we do not have the numbers,” Mr Walz said. “We cannot arrest people when we’re trying to hold ground because of the sheer size, the dynamics and the wanton violence that’s coming out there.”
Authorities had hoped that charging former police officer Derek Chauvin with murder may have abated riots, but the unrest has continued to escalate.
Two Federal Protective Service officers were shot amid protests in Oakland, California, with one of the officers dying from the injury. A young man was killed in downtown Detroit after being hit by bullets thought to have been fired from a passing SUV.
In demonstrations both harmonious and violent, thousands of protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Say his name. George Floyd.”
In Minneapolis, the city where the riots originated, another 500 guard soldiers were mobilised as fires, gunshots and arrests marked another night that has seen dozens of buildings in the city burnt and destroyed.
Protesters across the country blocked highways and clashed with police as growing unrest in Atlanta, Georgia, left police cars vandalised. In New York, police and protesters exchanged projectiles outside the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
In Virginia’s capital, a police cruiser was set on fire outside Richmond police headquarters, and a city transit spokeswoman said a bus that was set ablaze was “a total loss,” news outlets reported.