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What you need to know

  • Protests erupted in multiple cities over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer.
  • The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
  • Officers arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his team, then later released them. Minnesota’s governor apologized.
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Accused officer’s wife files for dissolution of marriage, lawyer says

An attorney for Kellie Chauvin, the wife of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of marriage, according to a statement from the Sekula Family Law office.

Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the statement said.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”

Houston police officers hospitalized after protests

A number of Houston police officers were hospitalized after protests over George Floyd’s death broke out in the city Friday, according to Houston Police Officer’s Union President Joe Gamaldi. 

“Our officers who were attacked are in the hospital, patrol cars ruined, businesses damaged,” Gamaldi said in a tweet.
“This is not who we are as a city and as a community. We will protect your right protest, but we will not allow our city to decay into chaos.”

Gamaldi did not say how many officers had been sent to hospital, or what condition they were in.

CNN affiliate KTRK reported more than 60 people were arrested after the protests in Houston, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Acevedo also said there were reports of looting and buildings with broken glass.

Pepper balls have been deployed by police in Denver

Civil disobedience in Denver, Colorado, has prompted police to deploy pepper balls.

A large group pf people has gathered in the downtown area of the city, Denver Police Department public information officer Kurt Barnes said.

“(Denver PD) is trying to get the situation to settle down and to come down to more of a calming situation,” Barnes said.

Detroit police officer hospitalized after getting hit by projectile

A Detroit police officer was taken to hospital after being struck by a rock thrown by protesters tonight, according to the city’s police chief, James Craig.

Another officer was on a bike when a protester in a car tried to run him over, Craig said. That person has been arrested.

So far, Detroit police have made nine arrests – seven of whom are from outside the city, according to Craig.

He added several police cars have been damaged. 

“I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said.