• He became unresponsive four minutes into the eight-minute video, according to reports, and police said they called an ambulance. He died later at the hospital.
  • Video of the incident prompted protests on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Demonstrations continued into Thursday, follow our live updates on the protests below.
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Protests erupted after a video circulated on social media showing a police officer kneeling on a man named George Floyd's neck for around eight minutes on Monday.

Floyd died after the incident, and the four officers involved in the incident were fired.

Thousands have taken to the streets in the city to protest Floyd's death and demand accountability for the officers. Protests turned violent on Wednesday, and several stores were set on fire, local outlets reported.

On Thursday, protests continued. Follow our live updates below.

Protests continued in Minneapolis on Thursday.

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Protests continued in Minneapolis on Thursday, and reporters on the scene said tension is still high.

"Cars torched, store shelves stripped. 8pm in Minneapolis and it's still anarchy. Protesters say there will be more carnage tonight, demanding charges be laid over the death of #GeorgeFloyd ," Ashlee Mullany tweeted.

According to WCCO , protesters are demanding the arrest of the four officers involved in Floyd's death.

Local reporter Ricardo Lopez tweeted that the protests at Hennepin County Government Center were peaceful and featured a moment of silence.

Videos posted by Lopez show boarded-up businesses, and police buildings.

Earlier on Thursday, the governor activated the National Guard.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a "peacetime emergency" and signed an executive order , on Thursday, activating the National Guard, Business Insider previously reported.

Walz said "feelings of anguish, anger, and disillusionment are justified" in response to the death of Floyd. But, "Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property," according to the order.

Protests also broke out in other cities around the country.

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In New York City, there were reports of 38 arrests after protests turned violent on Thursday.

On Thursday, in Denver, police responded to reports of shots fired outside the Colorado State Capitol, amid a protest over the death of George Floyd.

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It's not clear if anyone was injured, but protesters and lawmakers took shelter in the Capitol building after shots were fired, Insider reported.

Volunteers in Minneapolis began helped businesses clean up on Thursday after the previous night's destruction.

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Volunteers began cleaning up on Thursday after several businesses were looted and on fire.

Videos and photos posted on Twitter by local reporters show volunteers equipped with gloves, brooms, and shovels gathering in the plaza where businesses were looted to help pick up broken glasses, trash, and other destruction.

Charles Stotts, the co-owner of Town Talk Diner and Gastropub, one of a few restaurants in the area of the unrest told the Star Tribune that the damage he saw when he returned to his businesses Thursday morning was worse than he expected.

"I'll be honest, my head is spinning a little bit. It was so much worse than I could have imagined. All our windows are heavily damaged and the sprinkler system is still engaged," he told the Tribune.

On Wednesday, multiple stores were looted, and some were set ablaze.

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On Wednesday KSTP reported that protesters threw bottles and rocks at police officers, who responded with rubber bullets, flash-bangs, and tear gas.

The Star Tribune said "most of the violence stemmed from a large crowd that gathered outside Minneapolis' 3rd Precinct police headquarters."

A Target , an AutoZone, a tobacco store, a liquor store, a Cub Foods, and a Dollar Tree in the area were looted, KSTP reported.

One man fatally shot outside a pawn shop amid widespread looting.

Mayor Jacob Frey asked protesters to go home after the second night of protests.

"Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy," Frey said in a tweet Wednesday night. "The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight."

Protests erupted in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, thousands of people protested in Minneapolis over Floyd's killing and were met with tear gas from police. According to local outlet WCCO , protesters wore masks and tried to socially distance as much as possible.

George Floyd's family and their attorney have called for socially distant protests in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we must not endanger others during this pandemic. We will demand and ultimately force lasting change by shining a light on treatment that is horrific and unacceptable and by winning justice," the statement read.

While Tuesday's protests began peacefully, they escalated as protesters and police officers began to clash. Officers eventually deployed tear gas and other riot-control measures.

On Tuesday, the four cops involved in Floyd's death were fired.

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"This is the right call," Mayor Jacob Frey said of the firing in a tweet .

The FBI and state authorities are investigating Floyd's death .

"I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level," Frey said in a press conference, adding, "Being black in America should not be a death sentence."

George Floyd died on Monday after a police officer kneeled on his neck.

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A video circulated on social media showing a white police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes on Monday.

In the video, Floyd, a black man, pleaded for his life and said he couldn't breathe.

"Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd says in the video. "Don't kill me."

"Relax," the officer, whom local news outlets identified as Derek Chauvin , said.

He stopped moving around four minutes into the video, and police said an ambulance took him to the hospital, where he died that evening.

A statement from the Minneapolis Police Department said officers were responding to reports of an ongoing forgery and claimed Floyd was resisting arrest. However, new surveillance video raises the claims of resistance to arrest into question.

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