Residents of Minneapolis went out on Thursday morning to clean up the streets looted by a night of heavy riots following the death of George Floyd following a police interaction.
The nearly apocalyptical views of the devastated streets include debris of burnt vehicles, broken windows, traces of shootings and vandalistic graffiti.
Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly ten minutes as he was was recorded on video saying "I can't breathe" and "don't kill me." Four officers involved in the incident were fired.
Floyd's case echoes that of Eric Garner, who died by strangulation as the result of a chokehold by a police officer in New York City, in 2014. Garner could also be heard saying "I can't breathe" in the video of the incident.
Garner's case, along with many others, including Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson in 2014, and Trayvon Martin, fatally shot in 2013 by George Zimmerman, a private citizen who was acquitted on all charges, helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement, which calls attention to the deaths of unarmed African-American men and women, rarely resulting in criminal convictions.
The US Department of Justice called the investigation of the agents' role in Floyd's death a 'top priority' and assigned the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to examine the circumstances which lead to the death of the 46-year-old man.