Though four officers were immediately fired, local prosecutor Mike Freeman said that there is 'other evidence that does not support a criminal charge' even as police refused to release unredacted footage of the incident. Video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he gasped for breath was taken by a bystander; Chauvin's long history of violent conduct soon surfaced.
Minnesota's Attorney General said he nonetheless "anticipated" charges against the officers who killed Floyd. Another potential avenue for justice: the FBI is investigating whether Floyd's rights were violated, though its request for "more video" was excoriated by commentator Don Lemon.
Police abandoned a precinct during clashes Thursday night, and it became the first to be destroyed during unrest in modern U.S. history.
Among those detained was a black CNN reporter and his crew, live on air.
On social media, President Trump branded those protesting "THUGS" and suggested they should be shot; Twitter hid his tweet per its policy against glorifying violence, another first.
UPDATE: Chauvin was arrested Friday.
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CORRECTION: CNN's reporter was detained Friday morning, not Thursday night.