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‘Say his name! George Floyd!’: Nationwide protests continue on ‘Blackout Tuesday’ in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, across US

Protests and demonstrations nationwide have become the norm in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a now-fired police officer kept a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

Derek Chauvin, the former officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, though Floyd’s family is pushing for first-degree murder charges. Three other officers involved with the incident, however, haven’t been charged, prompting continued calls across the country against police brutality.

Daily protests have frequently been marred by violence and looting, and police have frequently used tear gas, chemical irritants and rubber bullets in efforts to quell protesters — sometimes even when protests remain peaceful. Journalists have also been caught in clashes between protesters and police. 

Tuesday also saw a nationwide movement called “Blackout Tuesday.” 

Here’s a look at city-by-city protests on Tuesday night: 

Detroit: Police arrest protesters who defy curfew: ‘We can’t afford’ violence

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters he didn’t want to make any arrests on the fifth night of protests across the city in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“Our goal is not to arrest,” Craig said. But, he added, “We can’t afford to have what we’ve seen in other places.”

However, after a group of people splintered off from a gathering that began near the downtown Detroit Police Department headquarters and defied a citywide curfew, police enforced the law.

After continuing to ask protesters to remove themselves from the road, Detroit police boxed them in from all sides and began making arrests about an hour after the citywide curfew. Officers used zip ties to detain protesters and put water in the eyes of those hit by pepper spray. They lined up the arrested, while seated, on the sidewalk.

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