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VIDEO: 150 arrested after protesters torch police vehicle and break into Brooklyn precinct

Approximately 200 demonstrators were arrested in Brooklyn after a group protesting the police killing of George Floyd torched a police vehicle and tried to break into the 79th Police Precinct.

A small group of protesters was arrested after they broke into the 79th Precinct in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood May 29.  

The Brooklyn North headquarters and 88th precincts were also reported to be under siege by protesters. Demonstrators had filtered over to the precincts after the main demonstration in honour of Floyd at the Barclays Center arena was violently broken up.

Videos and photos posted to social media show police hitting protesters with batons and pepper-spraying them.

The protesters were ordered to disperse and dozens were arrested for refusing to leave and many stayed in the area for hours afterwards.

A police vehicle was set on fire in the Fort Greene neighbourhood and bricks and rocks were tossed at a parked police van.

The protests in Brooklyn are just one of many happening across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd’s death. He died after a white officer in Minneapolis choked him with his knee for several minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.

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-sarah.murphy@albertapressleader.ca

Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press Leader

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