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Protesters defy curfew in US as standoff between police, demonstrators continue

In the US, protesters defied curfew across the country as standoff between police and demonstrators continue in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death of an African-American man George Floyd.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands gathered in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week.

How George Floyd was murdered

George Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Video of Floyd’s arrest captured by a bystander and posted on Facebook appeared to show the victim pinned to the ground, repeatedly pleading “I can’t breathe” for nearly four minutes as an officer holds his neck to the ground with his knee. He appeared to be in handcuffs in the video footage.

Floyd, 46, appeared to lose consciousness as the officer maintained his position on the victim.

RELATED: George Floyd’s death: Former US President Obama condemns violence at protests

His pulse was checked about three minutes after he stopped gasping for air, but it is unclear from the video what the assessment was at that point. He was then loaded on to a stretcher and moved into an ambulance.

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