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  • We are having peaceful speeches, we have a reverend —”

  • Protesters gathered outside in Minneapolis on Saturday,

  • for the fifth day in a row.

  • This group was demonstrating

  • outside the city's Fifth Police Precinct.

  • “I can't stand the fact that some people in our society

  • can't walk around without feeling scared

  • that a cop is not going to come to them with a death sentence.”

  • Just after 8 p.m., police came out

  • to enforce the city's curfew.

  • You are in violation of Minneapolis

  • city curfew ordinance.”

  • They began firing pepper spray and tear gas

  • to disperse the group.

  • [screams]

  • “I swear to God! I swear to [expletive] God —”

  • Protesters here told us why they were out on the streets.

  • Honestly, the world is watching the United States,

  • and more specifically Minneapolis itself,

  • to see how we're going to react and get justice

  • for Mr. Floyd.

  • And for me, being out here is a huge thing.”

  • The Minneapolis Police Department

  • is notorious for their racism here.

  • Black men are about 13 times more likely

  • to be killed by cops than white men in the city.

  • And I think that people just finally had enough.”

  • They tortured him, right?

  • What else is there to do but get their attention?”

  • Since George Floyd's death, peaceful protests

  • have mixed with looting and rioting at night.

  • Most protesters we spoke with oppose the violence,

  • but many said they understood the frustration and anger

  • people are feeling.

  • No justice, no peace!

  • No justice, no peace!”

  • We are here for justice for George.

  • We're sick and tired of being abused and oppressed

  • by the police.

  • They've been doing that [expletive] for years and years.”

  • Man, we've got to come together as a people, as a one.

  • This racism's been going on for too long.”

  • All four hundred years or more.”

  • Too long.”

  • All this [expletive] can be replaced.

  • The body cannot be replaced.”

  • The body can never be replaced.”

  • “I don't want to see businesses burned down.

  • But, I mean, we're in kind of a war zone out here.

  • And so, that's kind of, I think, the least of our worries

  • in a lot of ways.”

  • Bring him, bring him, bring him one block.

  • Bring him one block to a medic.”

  • What happened?

  • Someone hit him with a bat?”

  • You've got to calm down. We're on the same team.”

  • You've got to calm down.”

  • Calm down — what happened, what happened?

  • We've got about 12 medics here.

  • We're going to do the best we can.

  • We've got a combat medic here, OK?

  • But we've got to dial it down —”

  • We've got to keep it down.”

  • “— because they're looking for any reason to kill us.”

  • One protester described the violence that broke out

  • after she confronted a group of rioters

  • in the neighborhood.

  • There was a group of guys who started

  • screaming at the police, throwing things.

  • I asked them, 'Who are you?

  • Who are you to come in here and do this?'

  • They ran up on me with big steel pipes.

  • They got in my face.

  • And one guy came at me, holding the pipe,

  • and he stepped in, and he took it.”

  • You're going to be all right —”

  • What message are we sending by destroying what is ours?

  • How does that, how does that get the message out

  • about how we need change in our city

  • if all we're doing is destroying it

  • and burning it down?”

We are having peaceful speeches, we have a reverend —”

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