Pain and anger: 19 powerful photos show the fury of US protests over the death of George Floyd

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Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning fast food restaurant, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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  • Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of unarmed African-American man George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.
  • The death was caught on video, and prompted protests in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, DC, and other US cities on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Some protesters have turned to violence and looting, as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard to support "emergency operations" in Minneapolis and elsewhere.  
  • Scroll down to see 19 of the most powerful photos of this week's protests.
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Thousands of protesters in more than a dozen US cities are calling for justice and an end to police brutality following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd. He died during an arrest by a white police officer who knelt on his neck, on Monday.

A graphic video showing the white police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck was shared widely on social media and triggered the protests. Floyd died shortly after the incident.

The police officer in the video, Derek Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers involved in the incident have not been charged.

Over the last few days, the country has witnessed a rage-filled escalation of the initially peaceful protests, with some demonstrators turning to violence, looting, and arson. 

Scroll down to see some of the most powerful photos of the protests that are unfolding across the country.

Unrest is escalating across the country after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Protesters gather to watch construction materials burning near the Minneapolis Police third precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 27, 2020.

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Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who was seen kneeling on Floyd, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. Three other officers involved in the incident have not been charged.

The video of the incident, which occurred on Monday, was shared widely on social media, sparking protests in Minneapolis, which have since also spread to more than a dozen other cities.

The incident has sparked anger across the several states, with thousands of people taking to the streets to demand accountability for the officers who killed him.

A demonstrator holding a sign jumps up and down so police officers behind the front lines could see it, outside the Oakdale, Minn, home of fired Minneapolis police officer on May 27, 2020.

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The protests started to intensify in Minneapolis on Thursday night, as people stormed the streets and burned down buildings.

Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning fast food restaurant in Minneapolis on May 29, 2020.

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Demonstrators also set fire to the police department's 3rd Precinct, which is close to where Floyd was violently detained by officers.

A protester lies on a gate outside the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the police station was evacuated, adding: "The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers or the public," according to the BBC.

Protesters have also started looting shops, including this Target store in Minneapolis.

Protesters loot and burn the Target store near the Minneapolis Police third precinct in Minneapolis on May 27, 2020.

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Some shops, like this Minneapolis liquor store, have also been burned down.

A woman reacts while protesters set fire in a liquor store in Minneapolis on May 28, 2020.

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Police officers across the country have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics against protesters.

Police and protesters gather near the Third Precinct station in Minneapolis on May 27, 2020.

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In the last few days, protesters in multiple cities reported increasingly intense clashes with police.

An NYPD police officer sprays protesters as they clash during a march in Brooklyn, New York, May 30.

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Police have been seen shoving protesters to the ground, driving through crowds of people, using pepper spray to disperse crowds.

NYPD police officers detain a protester as they clash during a march in Brooklyn, New York, May 30.

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Police have made an estimated total of 1,400 arrests around the country so far but the number is likely higher, according to an AP tally.

An NYPD police officer is removed after being injured as they clash with protesters in Brooklyn New York, May 30.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey asked for permission to call in the National Guard, "to help protect Minnesotans' safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd's death."

Armored vehicles are pictured as the National Guard moved into Minneapolis to quell the protests, Minnesota, May 29, 2020.

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Frey called the looting "unacceptable" but added that he and everyone else recognized there was "a lot of pain and anger" in the city.

A protester reacts while gathering with others outside the city hall in Minneapolis on May 28, 2020.

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Secret Service agents were forced to temporarily lockdown the White House on Friday after protesters tried to scale the walls and battled with police.

Protesters face off with police outside the White House in Washington, DC, early on May 30, 2020.

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More clashes in front of the White House occurred on Saturday. Secret Service members and police drove out protesters who overcame the barriers near the White House and entered the park in front of it.

Protesters hold up their hands as they rally near the White House, May 30.

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Protesters also crowded in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta on Friday and defaced the logo.

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo during a protest on May 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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At least 25 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews. The National Guard has also been activated in around a dozen states.

A man confronts National Guard members in Minneapolis on May 29, 2020.

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Journalists have also been targeted at these protests. On Friday, a CNN journalist was arrested live on television despite identifying himself as media.

Minneapolis police arrest CNN reporter live on air on May 29, 2020.

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Omar Jimenez was released shortly after.

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Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who was kneeling on Floyd, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

This photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.

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Public officials have urged for calm across cities. In an impassioned speech in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told protesters on Friday: "If you love our city, go home."

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis.

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