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Pelosi called the death of an African American in Minneapolis murder

The speaker of the house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi said that the death in detention of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis was murder and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"It's very, very sad, because the American people saw this execution, a murder with my own eyes. It was not self defense (the police). Here justice must follow its course", she said to TV channel MSNBC.

The death of George Floyd caused the riots in Minneapolis and other cities after the appearance of "viral" video of the arrest of Floyd. The record shows, as the police tackled Floyd and handcuffed him, and one of the officers leaned a knee on the neck of the Floyd. The detainee first few times he says he can't breathe and then losing consciousness. Floyd was hospitalized, he died in intensive care.

When this information became widespread, the leadership of the city police announced the dismissal of four officers who participated in the arrest. The city held a protest, accompanied by vandalism and fires. The investigation into the death of Floyd has joined the FBI, which declared the case a priority.

In 2014 and in subsequent years in the United States, a wave of public protest in connection with the deaths of African Americans at the hands of the police in various circumstances. Police were criticized for the excessive use of violence and for alleged racism, as often African-Americans were dying at the hands of white police officers.