No let up in violence over death of George Floyd despite arrest of ex- Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
Law enforcement officials in several cities were injured Monday night as protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody continued across the country.
Four St. Louis police officers were hospitalized after a shooting Monday evening in which a suspect is alleged to have opened fire at a line of officers, the police chief said at an early morning press conference according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A suspect has yet to be apprehended or identified.
“I believe some coward randomly shot at the police line,” chief John Hayden told reporters.
“I don’t know what else to say,” he added. “This is horrible.”
Elsewhere in Las Vegas a fifth officer is on life support after being shot in the head. Another man was killed in that shooting, which reportedly occurred as officers attempted to move in on a crowd and detain several people according to local news affiliate Fox 5. The suspect in that shooting was taken into custody.
Police officers shot in St. Louis and Las Vegas amid protests were injured on Monday night as protests continued across the US over the death of George Floyd amid shootings in St. Louis, Las Vegas and others injured as they were run over by cars in New York City and Buffalo.
The eruptions of violence in cities all over US have not let up despite the arrest of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. He has been charged with third-degree murder.
The unrest began with peaceful protests over the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody. His death caused outrage across a nation that people took it to the streets and clashed with police. Curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities across the United States.
President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of Floyd and promised justice to his family.
Riot police faced off with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and LA, firing tear gas and pepper bullets to try to disperse crowds.
Police vehicles were set on fire and shops were looted in several cities.