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UK Black Lives Matter protesters gather in Central London in response to the murder of George Floyd

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Black Lives Matter protesters gathered today in Hyde Park in a solidarity protest following the killing of George Floyd last month.

The protests in the last few hours have spilled over into Westminster. 

UK protests follow a succession of US protests that have been taking place since the incident.

Events of today coincide with Floyd's family visiting the site where he was killed and a verdict being awaited, which will decide the consequences for other officers present at the time of the murder. 

"It is my expectation that justice for the officers involved in this will be swift" said Minnesota governor Tim Walz. 

George Floyd was a 46-year-old bouncer who had lost his job due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

On 25 May he went to Cup Foods to buy cigarettes and was accused of paying with a counterfeit $20 bill. 

A shop attendant asked him to return the cigarettes and he refused. Leaving the store to sit in a parked car with two others not far from the shop.

The police were then called by the shop attendant and Floyd was approached whilst sitting in the car.

He was then removed from his car by an officer, resisting being put in handcuffs. 

Floyd then resisted being put into a police car on account of claustrophobia. 

More police arrived including former officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with third degree murder. 

When further attempts failed to get Floyd to comply and enter the vehicle, he was dragged away from it by Chauvin, causing him to fall to the ground face down.

Chauvin then placed his knee on Floyd's neck, whilst he was being restrained,refusing to remove it. 

The former bouncer then died not long after the incident from asphyxia. 

Floyd is due to be buried next Tuesday.