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Tulsa area faith leaders hold news conference in response to George Floyd's death

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Posted at 10:24 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 00:44:00-04

TULSA, Okla. — North Peoria Church of Christ Pastor Blakney will be holding a news conference with Clergy and others today.

The news conference is to "speak out against the false accusations and killing of black people by police," church officials say.

On Monday in Minneapolis, a black man died in police custody after witness video shows officers kneeling on the man's neck.

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The man, George Floyd, who later died in police custody on Monday, was accused by convenience store owners, who called police, for allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase. When officers arrived, police say Floyd began resisting arrested when they ordered him out of his car.

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A bystander began to record the scene on Facebook Live. The video shows officers kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes as Floyd tells the officers that he can't breathe. Officers called an ambulance to the scene as Floyd eventually became unresponsive. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Protesters took to the streets in not only Minneapolis, but other cities including Los Angeles where use of force protesters shut down part of an LA highway.

On Wednesday night, protests in Minneapolis calling for justice for George Floyd turned violent. According to the Associated Press, fires were set and one person was killed.

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