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Minnesota, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Graphic video footage taken by an onlooker's cell phone and widely circulated on the internet showing the manslaughter of 46-year-old George Floyd May 25 by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee pressed into his neck reignited the civil rights activists' attempts in Minneapolis and cities across the country over persistent racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system, media reports said.
An investigation into Floyd's death has been launched by the U.S. Justice Department.
Floyd, 46, a Houston native who had worked as a nightclub security guard was arrested after being was accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store.
The protests and vandalism in Minneapolis caused by Floyd's death had received national attention.
Floyd's death was also reminiscent of the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died in 2014 in New York after a police officer placed him in a chokehold by police and Gardner also said he could not breathe.
The other three officers involved have not been charged, but the investigation is continuing.
it was warned by some activists and community leaders the protests may continue to push for the arrests of and charges for the three other officers.
Due to violence and vandalism by raged protesters, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a curfew order from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time on Friday and Saturday not allowing anyone in public except emergency responders and people seeking medical care, fleeing danger or those who are homeless.
But about 500 demonstrators defied the curfew imposed and clashed Friday evening with riot police outside a battered Third Precinct building.
Rage over the killing of Floyd spread from Minneapolis to other large cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Ga., New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Portland.
A state of emergency was declared by Georgia's governor early Saturday to activate the state National Guard.
Meanwhile, 500 more Guard soldiers were mobilized in and around Minneapolis.
The Minnesota governor said early Saturday that he was considering federal help as well as moving to activate more than 1,000 more National Guard soldiers.
A crowd of protesters confronted police outside the White House in Lafayette Square Park early Saturday.
A as the demonstration grew outside, the building was placed under lockdown for a time, White House spokesperson said.