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Protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted across Minneapolis Wednesday night as thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets and demanded that the officers responsible be arrested and charged with murder.

The demonstrations began early Wednesday as protesters gathered outside of the Third Precinct police headquarters in Minneapolis and demanding the arrest of Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, the four officers who were on the scene Monday when Floyd was initially detained. Video footage released Tuesday shows Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes while ignoring the handcuffed man's repeated pleas for his life.

"They murdered my brother," Bridgett Floyd, Floyd's sister, told NBC Wednesday morning. "He was crying for help."

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