CHARLAMAGNE tha God has warned riots and looting amid protests over the death of George Floyd are only going to get worse.
The radio host said America had to “know that it would come to this” as protesters clashed with police in cities such as Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Charlamagne tha God has warned protests are going to get worse[/caption]
Mr Floyd’s death has shocked the nation after video emerged of police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck as he pleaded “I can’t breathe”.
Charlamagne said its not surprising protests have turned to looting as 40million people have been left out of work amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The unemployment rate in the black community is at 17 per cent. It’s called self-preservation. They do whatever necessary to stay alive,” he told Page Six.
He said: ” I don’t just see these brothers and sisters taking TVs.
“I saw a bunch of carts full of groceries, because they probably haven’t had groceries in the refrigerator for month.”
The Breakfast Club host said seeing the video of Mr Floyd made his anxiety “go through the roof” as it was repeated “over and over” on CNN.
Chauvin has been charged with murder as the killing put renewed focus on racism and police brutality in America.
Charlamagne added: “America had to know that it would come to this.
“You can’t tell me that America can sit around and be that foolish, like they didn’t see this coming.
“And guess what — it’s only going to get worse.”
George Floyd died on Monday[/caption]
Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case[/caption]
Dad-of-six Floyd – described by his family as a “gentle giant” – is seen in the now infamous video appearing to go limp as Chauvin ignores his cries for help.
Three other officers – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – were also present but do not appear to intervene.
He was being arrested on suspicion of forgery as he laid on the ground next the rear wheel of a squad car – with Chauvin’s knee across his neck.
The 46-year-old was heard repeatedly saying he could not breathe, shouting “please, please” and “mama, mama”.
All four cops were fired, but so far Chauvin is the only one to have been charged over his death.
The National Guard have been deployed in Mr Floyd’s home city of Minneapolis as protesters burned down the 3rd Police Precinct.
Mr Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross said he would have been “devastated” by the destruction to his home city.
Riot police officers detain a man during a demonstration in the city of Detroit[/caption]
Protesters march near Capitol Hill in Washington DC[/caption]
Chauvin, 44, was taken into custody four days after Floyd died and was was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case.
An attorney for Mr Floyd’s family welcomed the arrest, but said he expected a more serious murder charge and wanted all the officers arrested.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said more charges were possible.
The lawyer said the investigation into the other three officers continues, but authorities felt it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.
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Chauvin allegedly disregarded the concerns of the other officer, who wanted to roll Floyd onto his side, according to the criminal complaint.
The papers also said that an autopsy revealed nothing to support strangulation as the cause of death.
The exam concluded that the combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyds system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, likely contributed to his death, according to the complaint.
Mr Floyd’s family are now seeking an independent autopsy, saying that the underlying health conditions cited in the official report are “an illusion”.
Protesters raise their fists as the 3rd police precinct burns in Minneapolis[/caption]
A man confronts a National Guard member in Minneapolis[/caption]