Protests highlight deaths at hands of police around the US

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Erma Johnson, the mother of Dion Johnson, speaks at a news conference in Phoenix on Friday, June 5, 2020. The family of Dion Johnson, an unarmed man shot and killed by an Arizona state trooper the same day George Floyd died, said Friday they want a federal investigation. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

Protesters have been galvanized around the world by the death of George Floyd, an African American man who pleaded for air and later died after a white police officer in Minnesota pressed his knee into his neck.

Alongside his story, demonstrators are speaking out about deaths in their own hometowns. Some are years-old wounds, while others happened within days of Floyd's death. There are cases that made national headlines and others that reverberated mainly through their own communities.

Here's a look at a few of them by state:


In Phoenix, the name of a man who died the same day as George Floyd, May 25, has become a rallying point.

Dion Johnson lay on the ground for several minutes after he was shot and handcuffed, deprived of emergency medical aid before a nearby ambulance drove the short distance to treat him.

At one point, a trooper used his foot to kick or nudge Johnson, according to traffic-camera video recorded by

Police say an Arizona Highway Patrol trooper tried to arrest him after discovering his car stopped on a highway on-ramp with beer and a gun inside. Authorities say Johnson tried to grab the officer's weapon, starting a struggle that ended with the fatal shooting.