Columbus police deploy tear gas to disperse George Floyd protesters (graphic language)

Columbus police deploy tear gas to disperse George Floyd protesters (graphic language)
Protesters can be heard shouting at officers, and chanting in support of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday in Minneapolis. (Source: WBNS)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Tensions are beginning to cool in downtown Columbus as police have begun dispersing a large crowd of protesters with tear gas.

Tensions are beginning to cool in downtown Columbus as police have begun dispersing the crowd of George Floyd protestors with tear gas. Coverage: https://bit.ly/3gycbk9

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Officers in riot gear were dispatched to the area late Thursday, and despite animated protesters and blocked streets, there has been no widespread destruction or rioting.

Protesters could be heard chanting “We can’t breathe,” in response to the case of George Floyd, 46, who died in Minneapolis on Monday shortly after being arrested.

Footage captured Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s back and neck, as he lay handcuffed on the ground.

The four policemen involved in the incident have been fired, and authorities from the Department of Justice and FBI say they are aggressively investigating the case to determine whether arresting officers used excessive force.

No charges have been filed.

On Thursday, after days of looting, fires and unrest, the Floyd family pleaded for peace and to focus on justice, which temporarily deescalated the Minneapolis protests.

Protests also broke out in L.A. and Memphis yesterday.

Meanwhile, concerns are growing about Covid-19 transmission among protesters in the various cities as social distancing remains low.

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