The corner of the street in the south of Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) in which today a year ago the African American George Floyd died asphyxiated was the scene this Tuesday of a shooting that left one injured, the Police Department of that city confirmed to Efe.
A spokesman for the Police of Minneapolis explained that about 10 shots were recorded near the plaza now known as “George Floyd Plaza”, right at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where Floyd was killed by then-agent Derek Chauvin.
In a statement, the police said that at 10.10 local time (15.10 GMT) several agents arrived at the scene, after receiving alert calls about the shooting.
According to witnesses collected by the agents, several people saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the area “at high speed.”
Shortly after, a person was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound and was subsequently admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.
“It is believed that the injury does not endanger his life,” said the police.
The so-called “George Floyd Plaza” has access restricted and controlled by activists and there is rarely a police presence since the death of the African American.
According to videos of the moment, several dozen people were in the square offering their respects and praying for Floyd on the anniversary of his death on May 25, 2020.
The death of Floyd then unleashed the largest wave of protests and race riots in the US since the late 1960s following the assassination of Martin Luther King with a single plea: an end to police brutality against racial minorities.
Chauvin, who pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd for more than 9 minutes, he was found guilty last April of the three charges he faced: involuntary murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty.
Since he has no criminal record, he could only be sentenced to a maximum of 12 and a half years in prison for each of the first two charges and 4 years in prison for the third. The reading of his sentence will take place on June 25.
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