Over the last week there have been multiple instances of police officers being shot at, and at least one officer has been killed, in connection with the protests and riots currently taking place in America.
The protests started after the release of a video showing the death of a man, George Floyd, 46, as a police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes. The 4 police officers involved in the incident were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department last Tuesday and the officer who knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The initial protests following Mr. Floyd’s death were mostly peaceful but as the protests spread across America over the last week looting and violence become more common, with hundreds of police officers now having being injured.
Two federal officers working security during a protest in Oakland were shot on Friday night. One of them, Dave Underwood, 53, subsequently died of his injuries. Mr. Underwood was African-American. The other, whose name has not been released, is understood to be in critical condition.
Mr Underwood’s sister, Agenla Underwood Jacobs, confirmed the death of her brother, saying “this violence must end.”
4 police officers in St. Louis were shot this morning, after a protest that had started as peaceful became violent, with protesters looting and starting fires in the city.
An officer in Las Vegas was also shot around 11pm Monday night, his condition is unknown. Reports say that there was a second shooting that night in the city, but that shooting ended with the attacker being shot by police and with no officers wounded.