A PROTEST march is planned in Worcester following the death of a black man in police custody in the US.

Riots, protests and looting have erupted across the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as dozens of American cities impose curfews to try and contain the unrest.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has now been charged with third degree murder following the official post-mortem and is due to appear in court next week.

Three other police officers have been fired following Mr Floyd's death on May 25.

Chauvin kneeled on the 46-year-old's neck even after he pleaded that he could not breathe, footage now seen across the world.

A group of young people in Worcester now wants to organise a protest and march to express solidarity with the black community in the US and globally.

The group has yet to say when and where the protest and march will take place.

A spokesman for the group said: "The protest is intended to abide by the social distancing measures in place but to also be able to unite the people of Worcester in a common cause as we express outrage and relentless opposition to the despicable injustices that black people continue to face and recently has been faced by unarmed black men such as George Floyd and David McArtee.

"We are hoping to have black youths give speeches and express their emotions at this very monumental time in history and invite attendees to express themselves also at how they feel as well.

"It is also intended to provide the predominantly white population of Worcester an opportunity to hear and understand what injustices that black people endure that are not always acknowledged or heard."

"The date and further details will be confirmed and announced soon. We currently have an Instagram @BlackLivesMatterWorcester and will be in touch about further information regarding the protest."