By Friday, the protests had spread to many American cities, from Detroit to Atlanta to New York, Houston and the capital Washington. - Matthew Hatcher / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Another night of violence. A 19-year-old boy was shot dead in Detroit on Friday evening during one of several protests held across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, the Associated Press reported this Saturday.

One person is killed in downtown Detroit after someone in an SUV fired shots into a crowd of people protesting George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody, a Detroit police spokeswoman says.

- The Associated Press (@AP) May 30, 2020

Detroit police spokesman Sergeant Nicole Kirkwood said the shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. A man driving an SUV fired shots near a crowd of protesters. The assailant is still at large, he said. Since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man at the hands of the Minneapolis police, hundreds of people have demonstrated across the United States.

Anger over the death of a black man at the hands of Minneapolis police fueled further riots overnight Friday to Saturday, and protests escalated across the country.

Tension mounts in the United States

During the night of Friday to Saturday, in Minnepaolis, the situation degenerated around a police station in the south of the city, with several businesses burnt down, new looting and numerous degradations. The soldiers and riot police fired tear gas and smoke bombs to prevent this police station from suffering the same fate as another, burned the previous evening after having been deserted by its occupants.

Tension also rose in the rest of the country. Hundreds of people gathered in New York, Dallas, Houston, the victim's hometown, or Las Vegas, Des Moines, Memphis and Portland, including outside the White House in Washington. In Atlanta, police patrol vehicles were burned. Protesters everywhere denounced police blunders and racial disparities. Above all, they demanded justice for George Floyd.


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