One Person Shot and Killed During Protests in Austin, Texas

Federal buildings and local police precincts were damaged and one person was fatally shot when riots and lawlessness erupted in cities across the United States Saturday night, several news outlets have reported.

The fatal shooting occurred in Austin, Texas, where the Austin-American Statesman reported that around 9:50 local time, during a protest, police said “a man carrying a weapon approached a vehicle, but a person inside the vehicle fatally shot the man.” The Statesman reported that “Police were in contact with the shooter, who was cooperating with authorities. One witness said the victim was well known to many protesters, and a group of people was seen grieving at the scene.”

Several protests and violent demonstrations have occurred in the U.S. since the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota who died while in police custody. A video of the May 25, 2020, encounter with police officers showed a white officer putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd died later that day.

In Portland, Oregon, Saturday, protests continued for the 50th consecutive day since Floyd’s death. “Protesters broke through a reinforced fence surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in the downtown area,” OregonLive.com reported.

The website reported that federal agents assigned to guard the building deployed tear gas and the Portland police declared the scene a riot around 1:15 a.m. local time.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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