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Police take knee with protesters in North Carolina city

June 2, 2020 GMT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police officers in the North Carolina city of Fayetteville took a knee in solidarity with protesters two days after the area had experienced violence and looting.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the incident occurred Monday night following protests against police brutality.

Nearly 300 protesters were facing a line of police officers in riot gear when the activists lowered down on one knee and chanted, “I can’t breathe.”

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Police officers followed suit, prompting cheers and applause to erupt from the activists. Some of the activists shook hands and fist-bumped with law enforcement. One woman approached several officers and hugged them.

Two days earlier, on Saturday night, there was violence and looting in Fayetteville and the town of Hope Mills. A fire was set and windows were broken. Looters targeted a mall.

Protests have sprung up across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man. He died when a white officer jammed his knee into the back of his neck in Minneapolis.