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Minnesota Guard Soldier Hugs Protesters at Capitol in St.

A Minnesota National Guard soldier took a knee to address protesters outside the Capitol in St. Paul, Monday, June 1.

READ MORE: Lt. Col. Sam Andrews, the Deputy Operations Officer for the Minnesota National Guard, was announcing soldiers would be inside the Capitol until curfew. He told protesters he was sorry for the loss of George Floyd and that: "My heart hurts as a human being."

He then asked that they peacefully assembly and respect their property. He said they would respect their rights to assemble and "speak the First Amendment." Before he walked off, he hugged a few of the protesters.

Protests in the United States were largely peaceful Tuesday night in cities all over the country as people continued to express anger and frustration at the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Peaceful protesters defied nighttime curfew orders in some areas, including in New York City, where hundreds of people remained on the Brooklyn Bridge for several hours after marching from the Brooklyn side to find their path into Manhattan blocked by police.

In Atlanta, police fired tear gas to break up a crowd of hundreds who remained after the start of the city’s 9 p.m. curfew.

Officers were seen detaining people in both cities. The Associated Press says police have arrested at least 9,300 people nationwide during the past week. (VOA/AP)

Nation in Turmoil: The George Floyd Protests: https://www.voanews.com/usa/police-brutality-protests

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