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Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Protesters react as they set fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Protesters are seen inside Minneapolis Police third precinct after setting fire to the entrance as demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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A protester carries the carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis.

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A man stands in front of police as they hold a line on the fourth day of protests in Minneapolis.

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A protestor douses her face with milk after being exposed to tear gas fired by police in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Police hold a line on the fourth day of protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National Guard has been activated as protests continue after the death of George Floyd which has caused widespread destruction and fires across Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Protesters throw objects into a fire outside a Target store near the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis.

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Law enforcement officers amassed along Lake Street near Hiawatha Ave. as fires burned after a night of unrest and protests in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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People react as a car burns at the parking lot of a Target store during protests after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning fast food restaurant in Minneapolis.

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State Police block access to the area near the Minneapolis Police third precinct following the third day of demonstrations in response to the death of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis.

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Fire burns inside The Family Dollar Store after a night of unrest and protests in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Plumes of smoke rise into the sky in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis.

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A mural depicting George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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A member of the National Guard looks into a burned out building after a night of protests and violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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State Patrol Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests in Minneapolis.

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A man reacts as he confronts National Guard members guarding the area in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis.

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