ST. PETER — Drivers passing by in their vehicles waved and honked in approval as nearly 300 protesters rallied in St. Peter against the death of George Floyd, who died Monday night while in police custody in Minneapolis.
“We come to support George Floyd,” said Josefina Flandes of Mankato. “We want justice and we want these people in jail.”
The incident, captured on video and posted on social media, shows Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck, who repeatedly says he can’t breathe and later loses consciousness. Chauvin and the other officers ignored pleas by bystanders to check Floyd’s pulse before he’s taken away in an ambulance and is later pronounced dead.