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Liverpool football players took a knee about the centre circle at Anfield Stadium on Monday, in an indication of unity as protests sparked the United States after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in police custody.
Squad members displayed the picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter“.
The move bring to mind memories of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling in the course of the US national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to object against police cruelty and racial imbalance in the US.
The picture of 29 players from the English Premier League leaders was snapped during a training session.
Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson are among those to post the picture that was retweeted by the official account of Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group – the US company which also controls the Boston Red Sox.
A Minneapolis policeman prosecute of killing unarmed African-American George Floyd by pressing on his neck was taken into account on Friday and charged with third-degree murder, officials said.
“Derek Chauvin is one of four officers who were fired shortly after an explosive video emerged showing a handcuffed Floyd lying on the street as an officer identified as Chauvin pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes on Monday.”
The death of the 46-year-old Floyd has striked days of sometimes aggressive demonstrations in Minneapolis and other US cities over police brutality against African-Americans.
Up to this point, hundreds of shops have been destroyed and a police station set on fire.
“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody,” Hennepin county prosecutor Mike Freeman told reporters.
“Chauvin has been charged… with murder and with manslaughter,” he added, specifying to reporters that the charge was third-degree murder.
US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota supported Chauvin’s taken into custody, calling it “the first step towards justice.”
Meanwhile, a lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.
A 19-year-old man was gunfired and killed after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters in Detroit late Friday, the city’s police department said in a statement.
Police said the gunfire were fired by an unrevealed suspect in a gray Dodge Durango, with the victim later dying in hospital.
Detroit police cannot report if the victim was part of the protests, but the shooting happened in the mean street where the protests were taking place.
Earlier, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a person had been taken into custody after trying to run an officer over.
“I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know, we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said.
But the governor said officials cannot arrest people while they are trying to hold ground. This led to President Trump’s tweet on Twitter stating that, the governor should take action who he will do it for him.
A police station in Minneapolis has been set on fire during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Thursday.
The protest continued in spite of the governor of Minnesota instructing the dispositin of hundreds of members of the National Guard to put back order.
President Donald Trump said “thugs” were ” disgracing the memory” of George Floyd, 46, who died on Monday.
Mr Floyd’s family have call on to the four police officers involved in his death face murder charges. But district attorney have said they are still finding more evidence.
The incident has joined to long-established annoyance over the police killings of black Americans, including the current case of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
‘Protesters have also taken to the streets in Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis.’