GEORGE Floyd "tried to pay at grocery store with fake bill" before a white cop knelt on his neck and "killed him."

On Monday night, an employee at a Minneapolis grocery store called police after Floyd allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, the Associated Press reported.

During the arrest, Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during the arrest as the black man shouted "I can't breathe."

The 46-year-old was then rushed to hospital where he later died.

A Minneapolis fire department report described Floyd as an "unresponsive, pulseless male," and explained that despite medics performing numerous checks on several occasions, they did not find a pulse.

Protests broke out on Wednesday night in the city as residents took the streets to demonstrate their anger at the death of George Floyd.

Demonstrations started out peacefully before descending into chaos as cops used rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

The fury followed the arrest of Floyd, who died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Protesters had initially gathered at the intersection where Floyd died and at the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct.

Hours later, the Lake and Hiawatha areas had descended into total chaos, with looting, violence and fires.

At least one under construction apartment block was reported to have been burned down – and a factory also caught fire.

Other unverified reports have claimed businesses such as Target, Wendy's and Aldi were also torched.

As the sun rose over the city following a night of violence, the smoldering blazes could still be seen billowing smoke.

Minneapolis city authorities have requested assistance from the National Guard as the unrest looks set to continue, reports KSTP.

Mayor Jacob Frey has called for calm amid the violence as he pleaded "I understand the anger and pain".

He said: "Please, please Minneapolis. We cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The activity around Lake and Hiawatha is now unsafe.

"Please, help us keep the peace. Stay safe and evacuate the area.

"We appreciate those that protested peacefully but now is the time to go home. Obviously, we have both instances of violence and fires.

"There are institutions, grocery stores and markets around Lake, that our community relies on – especially in times of a pandemic"

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