Protests over the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died after a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck Monday, continued Wednesday—and not just in Minneapolis. In California, a Black Lives Matter protest blocked all lanes of traffic on both sides of the 101 freeway, a major thoroughfare, during rush hour in Los Angeles. Things got violent, with a patrol car's windows smashed and at least one injury, Deadline reports. Protesters also swarmed the hood of a California Highway Patrol cruiser, NBC 4 reports. More on the fallout from Floyd's death:
- Meanwhile, in Minneapolis: Protests continued for a second night Wednesday, and this time they turned fatal—the Star Tribune reports a person was shot dead, and the death may have come at the hands of a pawn shop owner whose shop was allegedly being looted. Looting and violence were widespread, fires were set, and State Patrol troopers have moved in. The mayor, who earlier called for the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck to be arrested, said he has asked the governor to consider bringing in the National Guard.
- President weighs in: President Trump told reporters Wednesday that "I'm very sad about that. Very, very sad event," when asked about Floyd's death, NBC News reports. Questioned further about the possibility of the police officers involved being prosecuted, Trump, who was in Florida at the time, said, "We're going to look at it, and we're going to get a report tomorrow when we get back, and we're going to get a very full report. But a very sad day."
- More from Trump: The POTUS later tweeted, "At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd ... I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!"
- Fallout for the Minneapolis PD: The University of Minnesota announced it will limit its connection to the local police department, and will stop using its officers for security at events including football games, ESPN reports.
- A Fox News host responds: Sean Hannity started his show Wednesday night by discussing Floyd's death, Mediaite reports. "You know, I’m a big supporter of law enforcement. I am," Hannity said, but the video of Floyd being restrained disturbed him and he didn't understand the police response. "This is not a violent crime we’re talking about. We are talking about some suspected forgery of some kind," he said. "It makes no sense. No resistance that I see at all."
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