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VIDEO: Police declare 'unlawful assembly' during Phoenix protest

Posted at 12:36 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 15:04:32-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police declared an "unlawful assembly" Thursday night as protesters continued to clash with Phoenix police downtown, urging everyone to leave the area or face possible arrest.

Video in the player above shows police using what appeared to be tear gas or other deterrents on protesters to try to get them to disperse from the area.

Protesters rallied Thursday night in support of George Floyd, a man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.

At a news conference on Thursday, federal and state investigators pleaded with the public to give them time to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday.

Floyd died after Derek Chauvin, a now-fired Minneapolis police officer, held a knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes, despite pleas from Floyd and bystanders. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

Multiple people were arrested during the incident.