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George Floyd protests: Demonstrators, police clash in 7th consecutive night of nationwide unrest

George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Protests and demonstrations have led to violence in at least 30 cities across the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd, 46, died after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders showed a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than five minutes as Floyd pleaded for air, sparking outrage.

As of Tuesday morning, at least 40 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews.

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Live updates for Tuesday, June 2 continue below:

Minnesota officials: No evidence tanker driver plowed into protesters intentionally

Update 2:26 a.m. EDT June 2: Bogdan Vechirko was arrested Monday and charged with assault for driving his tanker truck toward protesters in Minneapolis Sunday.

By early Tuesday morning, however, Minnesota investigators walked back the initial belief that Vechirko purposefully incited a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.

“We don’t have any information that makes this seem like this was an intentional act,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington . “He saw the crowd, and from what it looked like, panicked.”

According to jail records, Vechirko remains in police custody without bail.

US military helicopter buzzes downtown DC protesters

Published 2 a.m. EDT June 2: A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flew just above rooftops in a downtown Washington D.C. neighborhood Monday night, employing a military tactic typically reserved for combat zones, reported.

The helicopter flew just above rooftop level, snapping branches off trees and shattering some storefront window, the Post reported, noting the low-flying maneuver is normally performed to scare off insurgents.