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Protester is 'shot dead by police' in Louisville as they dispersed group ignoring curfew amid George Floyd protests

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 01/06/2020 Jemma Carr and Tim Stickings For Mailonline

a blurry image of a street: A protester has been shot dead by law enforcement officers in Louisville on the fourth night of unrest following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, local media reports. Pictured: Police at the scene last night © Provided by Daily Mail A protester has been shot dead by law enforcement officers in Louisville on the fourth night of unrest following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, local media reports. Pictured: Police at the scene last night A protester has been shot dead by law enforcement officers in Louisville on the fourth night of unrest following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, local media reports.

It is not clear if the man was shot by National Guard - who were brought in on Saturday to quell the unrest in the city - or by a police officer. 

The man, understood to be the owner of a local barbecue restaurant, was killed shortly after midnight when a large crowd gathered in a parking lot after the 'dusk to dawn' 9pm curfew began.

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Officers tried to break up the crowd when one person fired a shot at the police who shot back, WLKY reported.

It is unclear if the man who died is the one who first fired the shot.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad called the man a 'protester', however witnesses said they were not part of the demonstrations. 

a traffic light at night: It is not clear if the man was shot by National Guard - who were brought in on Saturday to quell the unrest in the city - or by © Provided by Daily Mail It is not clear if the man was shot by National Guard - who were brought in on Saturday to quell the unrest in the city - or by The victim would be the first person killed by an officer during the nation-wide unrest. 

Speaking at a press conference today, police chief Conrad said: 'It's very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue we're going to work on and work through.'

His death comes just days after gunfire wounded at least seven people at another Louisville protest, this one following the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in March. 

a group of people standing around a fire: Over 1,000 protesters gathered around a fire ignited near the White House on Sunday evening © Provided by Daily Mail Over 1,000 protesters gathered around a fire ignited near the White House on Sunday evening One person was left in critical condition. Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer said police officers did not fire the shots.

Protests have erupted up and down the country after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on unarmed George Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds last week, despite Floyd's desperate repeated pleas for help crying, 'I can't breathe'. Floyd passed out and later died. 

His death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans sparking outrage country-wide.

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Chaos continued to unfold in cities across America late Sunday night including Washington DC, just steps from the White House, where police and Secret Service deployed tear gas as they faced off with protesters during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd © Provided by Daily Mail Chaos continued to unfold in cities across America late Sunday night including Washington DC, just steps from the White House, where police and Secret Service deployed tear gas as they faced off with protesters during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd On Sunday night, 40 people were arrested in Louisville alone after officers used tear gas to break up crowds of protesters. 

Tens of thousands of people gathered as the National Guard was deployed to over half the states in the country on Sunday for protests that have seen 4,100 people get arrested this weekend alone.

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But even the threat of heavy officer presence didn't deter protesters in Philadelphia from hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, crowds to raid stores including Coach and Chanel in New York and San Francisco, and fires being ignited mere feet from the White House. 

a man and a woman walking down the street: Demonstrators pictured flipping a car over and smashing its class windows during a protest near the White House on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Demonstrators pictured flipping a car over and smashing its class windows during a protest near the White House on Sunday Late Sunday in Washington D.C. a fire was set ablaze in the historic St. John's Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park in front of the White House. 

a group of people standing in front of a building: The historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC was set ablaze in protests on Sunday. Police form a line in front of the church late Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail The historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC was set ablaze in protests on Sunday. Police form a line in front of the church late Sunday This week hundreds of protests have unfolded in at least 145 cities across the country as people gather in outrage over the horrifying death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.

a person standing in front of a fire: A protester raises their first near a fire outside the White House as protests engulfed the country for another night © Provided by Daily Mail A protester raises their first near a fire outside the White House as protests engulfed the country for another night The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn't been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

a group of people standing next to a bottle of wine: Police and Secret Service pictured standing guard in front of the White House as protesters edge closer on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Police and Secret Service pictured standing guard in front of the White House as protesters edge closer on Sunday

At least 40 cities have imposed curfews in light of the riots and violence and National Guard members have been activated in 26 states and Washington, DC. 

a person jumping up in the air: A man with a hammer attacks another man as a result of a disagreement about vandalism during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in New York on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail A man with a hammer attacks another man as a result of a disagreement about vandalism during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in New York on Sunday Washington state governor Jay Inslee was among those to send for the National Guard after vandalism and looting in multiple cities, calling the riots 'illegal and dangerous' but adding they should not 'detract from the anger so many feel at the deep injustice laid so ugly and bare by the death of George Floyd'.  

a man in a military uniform standing in front of a crowd: A line of police officers holding batons and wearing helmets - some of them also wearing masks - confront protesters in New York in the latest round of protests last night © Provided by Daily Mail A line of police officers holding batons and wearing helmets - some of them also wearing masks - confront protesters in New York in the latest round of protests last night In total at least five people have been killed in protest violence after gunfire rang out in Detroit and Indianapolis and in Omaha a 22-year-old black protester was killed in a struggle with a local business owner.

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Looters in New York pictured running away from a vandalized store on Sunday evening © Provided by Daily Mail Looters in New York pictured running away from a vandalized store on Sunday evening Two Atlanta police officers were fired Sunday after video emerged showing them using excessive force during protests this weekend, including tasing and dragging two college students from a car.

St. John's cathedral, which was opened in 1816, was set ablaze Sunday night in the nation's capital, but it's not clear how the fire started. The fire was put out shortly after 11pm.

an orange sign that is on fire: By Sunday night the church was engulfed in orange flames, but it's not clear how the blaze started © Provided by Daily Mail By Sunday night the church was engulfed in orange flames, but it's not clear how the blaze started A fire was also set in Lafayette Park, located just in front of the White House, where a protester set a US flag on fire sending smoke into the air as more than 1,000 gathered and raised their fists in solidarity.

Fury erupted even as it neared curfew in Washington DC and as police fired tear gas and pepper spray amid blazes in the capital.

A man raises his fist in front of the White House as smoke envelopes the capital's front lawn on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail A man raises his fist in front of the White House as smoke envelopes the capital's front lawn on Sunday On Sunday alone more than 50 Secret Service officers were injured so far, a senior official said to Fox News, after rioters threw bottles and Molotov cocktails at them.  

People were seen throwing branches and fireworks into the fires as police advanced forward in a line in a bid to push back the crowds to send people home as curfew is called for 11pm local time and will lift Monday morning at 6am, as designated by Mayor Muriel Bowser. 

a group of people posing for the camera: New York City police officers block Canal Street as protesters demonstrate. Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting © Provided by Daily Mail New York City police officers block Canal Street as protesters demonstrate. Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting Before the blaze at the church broke out church officials said they were thankful that the church wasn't hit by protests the day before.

'We are fortunate that the damage to the buildings is limited,' Rev. Rob Fischer, the rector of the church, said earlier on Sunday. He said that that same morning church officials had secured its valuables.  

a screenshot of a cell phone: After 11pm, curfew in Washington DC, the White House shut off its exterior lights and went dark on Sunday nights as protesters still rioted outside © Provided by Daily Mail After 11pm, curfew in Washington DC, the White House shut off its exterior lights and went dark on Sunday nights as protesters still rioted outside In Manhattan a line of cops armed with plastic shields and batons were seen storming into a crowd of protesters on Sunday evening amid growing agitation. 

A circle of eight cops was seen gathering around one protester, flinging him to the ground and arresting him. Nearby also in Manhattan a car was sent up in flames Sunday evening, leaving demonstrators scrambling.

In New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara de Blaio was arrested Saturday night alongside protesters in Greenwich Village for unlawful assembly and was later released, police said. 

a group of people riding horses on a city street: Police officers charge forward during a protest outside the White House on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Police officers charge forward during a protest outside the White House on Sunday On Sunday stores across all boroughs were ransacked, including a Chanel in Soho and a Coach store in Midtown.

Around a dozen people were seen forcing entry into the Chanel located on Spring and Wooster after 11pm. One man was spotted leaving with four bags, as per the New York Post.

Two men fleeing the store were arrested down the block by cops who arrived two minutes after the break in.

In Los Angeles the county sheriff said people were out on the streets 'acting like terrorists' following a day that saw peaceful protests alongside widespread looting and store raids. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The fire grew into a massive blaze in the middle of the park, where protesters gathered and raised their fists in solidarity © Provided by Daily Mail The fire grew into a massive blaze in the middle of the park, where protesters gathered and raised their fists in solidarity 'The peaceful [protesters]... tend to remain peaceful but what's embedded within them are people that are right now, they're just acting like terrorists, trying to instill fear, damage property and loot,' Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said to press Sunday. 

'There's no lawful protesters left anymore. Everybody who's here is just trying to do damage,' he added.  

  a group of people standing next to a fence: Police armed with plastic shields, bulletproof vests, and weapons pictured at Lafayette Park as demonstrators gathered for the sixth night on Sunday evening © Provided by Daily Mail Police armed with plastic shields, bulletproof vests, and weapons pictured at Lafayette Park as demonstrators gathered for the sixth night on Sunday evening

a group of people walking down a street: On Sunday protests decrying the police killing of black Minneapolis man George Floyd continued. Using a fire extinguisher and their bodies, a group of protesters in New York stopped looters from entering a closed business

On Sunday protests decrying the police killing of black Minneapolis man George Floyd continued. Using a fire extinguisher and their bodies, a group of protesters in New York stopped looters from entering a closed business
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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the heart of protests in the country, law enforcement officials said they believe white supremacists have infiltrated demonstrates in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said Sunday night.

a group of baseball players that are on fire: Boston police pictured armed with batons and protective gear as a police cruiser burns behind them Sunday night © Provided by Daily Mail Boston police pictured armed with batons and protective gear as a police cruiser burns behind them Sunday night 'They're agitators,' he said to CNN, saying there have been reports of Antifa members attending demonstrations. Antifa is short for anti-fascists and are people whose political beliefs lean to the far left and are not in line with the Democratic Party.

a person walking down a street next to a car: Boston: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze © Provided by Daily Mail Boston: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze Such complaints are sweeping the nation as a divide emerges among peaceful protesters, rioters, and looters. 

a group of people in a room: Protesters pictured breaking their into a Gucci store in Soho, Manhattan Sunday evening © Provided by Daily Mail Protesters pictured breaking their into a Gucci store in Soho, Manhattan Sunday evening On Sunday evening a man later identified as Bogdan Vechirko drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters on the Minnesota I-35W bridge on Sunday night and was later charged with assault.

No protesters were hurt but his actions were described as 'inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators'.

In Philadelphia officials closed off much of the city after peaceful day protests turned into utter destruction by night fall.

Store windows saw their glass windows smashed near City Hall and their shelves raided with merchandise spilling out into the streets. 

a group of people standing outside of a building: Philadelphia: Officials closed off much of the city after peaceful day protests turned into utter destruction by night fall on Sunday. People pictured running away from a GameStop during civil unrest

Philadelphia: Officials closed off much of the city after peaceful day protests turned into utter destruction by night fall on Sunday. People pictured running away from a GameStop during civil unrest
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George Floyd died on May 25 after he was arrested by four Minneapolis police officers for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. He was brought to the ground and white cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes, despite Floyd's desperate repeated pleas for help saying, 'I can't breathe'.

The horrific assault was caught on video and sent shockwaves across the nation. 

a room full of furniture: A view of the damaged lobby of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations headquarters in Washington pictured Sunday following protests © Provided by Daily Mail A view of the damaged lobby of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations headquarters in Washington pictured Sunday following protests In total Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds; two minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.

After civil unrest and protests, Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and he along with the three other officers who arrested Floyd have been fired from the force following outrage over Floyd's death.

a group of people on a city street: Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers patrol Sunday in Santa Monica, California after peaceful protests turned into mass lootings

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers patrol Sunday in Santa Monica, California after peaceful protests turned into mass lootings
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Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is moved to one of the nation's most secure prisons as he awaits his first court date in the death of George Floyd

By Ben Ashford for DailyMail.com 

a man looking at the camera: Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests © Provided by Daily Mail Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was moved to one of the most secure prisons in the US Sunday night, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

In a highly unusual move, Chauvin, who is facing a murder charge in the death of George Floyd, was transferred late Sunday to Oak Park Heights Prison - Minnesota's only Level Five maximum security facility.

The 407-inmate prison boasts of never having had an escape and is also regarded as one of the country's safest, having only had one homicide in its history. Located on the border with Wisconsin, between the cities of Bayport and Stillwater, it accepts some of America's most hated and high-risk inmates.

Chauvin was due to appear in court on Monday but with Minneapolis still gripped by unrest the appearance was pushed back until June 8.

According to recent data released by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the Oak Park Heights Prison currently houses 297 murderers, 69 sexual predators and eight kidnappers.

Some 46 percent of the prison population is black.

The 16-acre, rural prison is carved into the side of a hill and has been featured on the National Geographic show America's Hardest Prisons.

Cells are 7 by 10 feet with cement slab bed and toilets and sink made of steel so they can't be broken off to use as weapons. The reinforced windows are said to be so secure that it would take 12,000 hacksaw blades to cut though the steel bars.

Chauvin had spent the weekend locked in solitary confinement in a heavily fortified Minnesota jail guarded by police marksmen and barbed wire barriers, DailyMail.com can reveal.

SWAT teams armed with rifles and binoculars kept lookout from the rooftop of the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center while a phalanx of Sheriff's Deputies stood guard behind hastily erected steel fences.

Chauvin was held there Friday through Sunday because of the carnage unfolding outside jail facilities in Minneapolis.

Ramsey County deputies took no chances, sealing off the area with concrete bomb-proof barriers and mounting round the clock patrols in case protesters decided to target the jail in downtown Saint Paul.

a group of people in a park: The facility is located on the border with Wisconsin and accepts some of America’s most hated and high-risk inmates © Provided by Daily Mail The facility is located on the border with Wisconsin and accepts some of America’s most hated and high-risk inmates But despite demonstrators running amok across large swathes of the Twin Cities, the expected onslaught never happened and authorities were able to quietly transfer Chauvin to downtown Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.     

Oak Park Heights Prison is Minnesota's only Level Five maximum security facility © Provided by Daily Mail Oak Park Heights Prison is Minnesota's only Level Five maximum security facility

TMZ reported that Chauvin has a camera focused on him all day and and cops check on his cell in person every 15 minutes.

Such checks said to be common in such a high-profile case.

It has not been revealed whether the 44-year-old ex-cop, charged with the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of unarmed Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nine agonizing minutes, will appear in person or via video link.

Hennepin County has two facilities for adult inmates within Minneapolis but authorities have not released specifics about where he is being housed, stating only that Chauvin is at a 'public safety facility'.

The disgraced former lawman is yet to post the $50,000 bond needed to get out of jail after bail was set Friday at $500,000.

He has two properties, one in the leafy Oakdale suburb of Saint Paul, the other in Windermere, Florida, worth that amount combined.

However DailyMail.com understands the homes are jointly owned by his beauty pageant winner wife Kellie, 45, who would likely resist any attempt to use them as surety after vowing Friday to divorce her husband of ten years.

Kellie Chauvin released a statement on behalf of her and her family: 'She is devastated by Mr. Floyd's death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy,' it read. 

 

Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara, 25, is ARRESTED during George Floyd protest in Manhattan where 'demonstrators clashed with cops and torched patrol cars' 

Chiara de Blasio wearing glasses: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara (pictured) was reportedly arrested at a George Floyd protest in Manhattan on Saturday night © Provided by Daily Mail New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara (pictured) was reportedly arrested at a George Floyd protest in Manhattan on Saturday night

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter was reportedly arrested at a George Floyd protest in Manhattan on Saturday night.  

Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10.30pm after cops infiltrated an 'unlawful assembly' at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

A police report obtained by DailyMail.com showed that she was among about 100 protesters who were arrested after they refused to move out of the roadway and were throwing objects at officers.  

'That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops,' a source told the New York Post.

'There were thousands of people in that area at that time.' 

Chiara gave 181 East End Avenue - the mayor's residence at Gracie Mansion - as her address, according to the report, but sources claimed she didn't tell arresting officers who her father was. 

She was reportedly released at about 8am Sunday after receiving a desk appearance ticket.  

Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Chiara de Blasio posing for the camera: De Blasio didn't mentioned Chiara's arrest during either of the two press conferences he held on Sunday. The mayor is pictured with his wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante and daughter Chiara at the New York City Pride Parade in 2015 © Provided by Daily Mail De Blasio didn't mentioned Chiara's arrest during either of the two press conferences he held on Sunday. The mayor is pictured with his wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante and daughter Chiara at the New York City Pride Parade in 2015 Chiara's arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse.  

'We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,' the mayor said at a 11.30pm press conference in downtown Brooklyn.  

a group of people walking down the street: Police in riot gear walk down a street during protests in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Chiara's arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse © Provided by Daily Mail Police in riot gear walk down a street during protests in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Chiara's arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse 'If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It's time to go home so we can all move forward.' 

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New York City police said that nearly 730 people have been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week.  

De Blasio did not mention that his daughter had been arrested during either of the two briefings he held about the protests on Saturday night and Sunday morning.  

At the Sunday morning briefing, he said that officers had showed 'tremendous restraint overall' during the weekend's demonstrations and appointed two city officials to review how the protests unfolded and how they were handled by police.He also promised an investigation into a video showing two police cruisers lurching into a crowd of demonstrators in a Brooklyn street, knocking people to the ground.     


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