Lines of cops in riot gear defend home of the ex-officer accused of killing George Floyd

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Cops stood guard putting out barricades outside the house as they watched over the crowd. IMAGE COURTESY

By DailyMail for Lolwe digital

Day 3 of protests outside the home of disgraced former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin turned violent as cops in riot gear lined the streets keeping protesters at bay.

For most of the day there was a steady stream of about 150 protesters outside the former cop’s home. 

Chauvin hasn’t been seen at the house since the story broke that he was the policeman who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes while arresting him, before the man died.

About 20 cops stood guard putting out barricades outside the house as they watched over the crowd but not before someone wrote on Chauvin’s garage door in red paint ‘Kill Pigs Cops.’

The protesters at first were for the most part civil, but very vocal shouting obscenities at the police and chanting F**K the police.

After several minutes of shouting by protesters cops decided to call in reinforcements. About 75 cops arrived in riot and assault gear and guns.

The police formed a line to keep the agitated crowd back from Chauvin’s house.

One protester walked too close to the police and a cop shot a rubber bullet at the man, hitting him square in the groin causing him to fall to the ground.

Minutes later another Michael Kjnaas, 25, approached the police barricade and another shot a paint ball, also hitting him in the groin.

He dropped to the ground in pain. Several other protesters helped him get up and away from the police.

Kjnaas exclusively told DailyMail.com, ‘The cop hit me in the nuts. I was just stepping on the grass. I was 30 feet away from them. 

‘They shot me in the d**k. I didn’t have anything in my hands. On a scale of one to 10 the pain is probably an 8. It was a good shot.’

Then about 10 minutes later a white man starting arguing with some protesters. 

The man told the protesters he served in the war and he didn’t like Muslims. He then pushed a women and another protester.

The protester Rashid Alhuribi, 27, told DailyMail.com, ‘I have no idea why the guy pushed me, I was talking to him and I guess he just overloaded and exploded and pushed me for no reason.’

Police quickly took the guy away in plastic cuffs.

The police announced over a loud speaker that they were declaring the protest an unlawful assembly and told the crowd to leave, but they simply moved across the street. 

By 7:30pm both sides appeared to have calmed down, protesters were on one side of the street with the police were on the other.

The four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd were fired Tuesday. They were named as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. 

Footage surfaced Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on the black man’s neck for eight minutes until he passed out and later died.

Authorities had claimed Floyd resisted arrest but new footage Wednesday cast fresh doubt on those claims, showing two cops forcibly removing him from his car and him appearing to comply with officers. 

Mayor Jacob Frey had announced the firings on Twitter, saying: ‘This is the right call.’

Frey said he considers Floyd’s killing to be murder and had publicly called for Chauvin to face arrest.

‘I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear. The arresting officer killed someone,’ he told CBS Thursday. ‘He’d be alive today if he were white.’

‘The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.’

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz activated the National Guard to the city and state troopers have been called in as it braces for another night of violence.

It came  as prosecutors warned Thursday there is ‘evidence that does not support criminal charges’ in the case.