A “Black Lives Matter” protester was shot dead last night during a march in Austin, Texas.
Rioters also torched a youth detention center and police precint in Seattle in another night of chaos across the nation.
The country has been rocked by protests following the death of George Floyd on May 25, who died after a white cop pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight minutes as he said he couldn’t breathe.
Police in Austin confirmed that a man was shot and killed at 9.52 pm last night during a protest in the city’s downtown area.
Protesters marching through the streets and shouting Black lives and waving banners reading ‘BLM’.
Seconds later, five shots are fired and the video loses focus as protesters scream and run for cover.
Officer Katrina Ratcliff said in a press conference late last night that the person who shot and killed the man had fired from inside the vehicle.
Initial reports indicated the victim may have been carrying a rifle, Ratliff told reporters, adding that the suspect was detained and was cooperating with police.
In a statement, the Mayor of Austin Steve Adler said that the city is shaken after the night of carnage.
He said: All I know is that someone dying while protesting is horrible.
Our city is shaken and, like so many in our community, I’m heartbroken and stunned.
It comes amid scenes of chaos in Seattle yesterday, as protesters torched buildings in the city including a youth detention centre.
Thousands of people took to the streets of the city on Saturday afternoon, with law enforcement declaring the incident a riot just before 4.30 pm local time.
Protesters vandalized the East Police Precinct and set it ablaze, while some demonstrators attempted to damage the fence surrounding the precinct and disable security cameras.
Cops confirmed that 45 arrests had been made and that 21 officers had sustained injuries.
Seattle Police confirmed on Twitter that demonstrators were reported to be breaking windows at businesses near the police precinct.
Tensions had recently quietened down in Seattle following the removal of the CHOP zone earlier this month, though President Trump has ordered a specialist Border Patrol Tactical Unit to quash the protests.
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