- Demonstrators took to the streets where Floyd died, with some chanting and carrying banners that read "I can't breathe"
- They marched towards a police station where they smashed windows, damaged a patrol car and graffiti sprayed on the building
- Several celebrities joined in the protest while sharing their sentiments across social media platforms
- Ava DuVernay, Demi Lovato, Cardi B and Jameela Jamil delivered powerful reactions among other celebrities
- Floyd died Monday, May 25, after a confrontation with police in Minneapolis
- Four police officers involved in the case have been fired
Protesters have clashed with police in the United States following the death of an unarmed black man after a white officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest.
Footage of the restraint was shared widely online after a bystander filmed the policeman pinning the shirtless suspect, George Floyd, to the ground in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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A report by Washington Post showed the four officers involved in the arrest have since been fired with the city's mayor Jacob Frey saying that was the right call.
Demonstrators took to the streets where Floyd died, with some chanting and carrying banners that read "I can't breathe"- the last words the man said before dying.
They marched towards a police station where windows and a patrol car were damaged and graffiti sprayed on the building.
A line of riot police eventually confronted them, firing tear gas and projectiles, which protesters kicked back towards them.
Cardi B, Diddy, Ciara and Halsey led the way of celebrities outraged over the incident as others took to social media to express their anger and frustration over the death of the 46-year-old man.
"Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It is tiring! I am tired! The country is tired!" Cardi B wrote.
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"You do not put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward you are! And how America is really not the land of the free!" she added.
The incident, which was caught on tape, was likened to the 2014 death of Eric Garner in New York after a police officer choked him.
He was being detained for illegally selling cigarettes and his death sparked the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.
"My heart cannot take it, seeing what has happened to George Floyd," Ciara said.
"This is eerily similar to the death of #EricGarner. There has to be a stopping point in the process of arresting someone. It’s all senseless," she added.
Diddy posted an emoji of praying hands in reaction to the senseless death while Viola Davis put the racial imbalance of the situation and others like it into perspective.
In the incident, authorities said that Floyd - who was a restaurant security guard - matched the description of a forgery suspect and subsequently resisted when they took him to custody.
In an accompanying clip, a police officer had his knee pressed on the back of Floyd's neck as he pleaded with him saying he could not breathe.
"My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts ... I can't breathe," Floyd cried out before passing out.
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Numerous people at the scene recorded the incident which happened on Monday, May 25, with some taking the police to the task.
A lawyer for Floyd's family, Ben Crump, said in a statement Tuesday, May 26, that he was exploring a legal path for the man's survivors.
'We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck,'" Crump said.
"This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge," he added.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he had passed the case to the FBI for investigation, which could turn it into a federal rights violation case.
But there were mounting calls for the officers' arrest on homicide charges.
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