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George Floyd death sparks protests in US: latest updates, 3/4 June

Many journalists and commentators have said they had never seen anything like this in their lives. They said it feels like something very radical and important is happening. If they don't find leadership from somewhere, things could get very ugly in America.

Things really getting out of control now in the United States. It seems as though the lines have been blurred with racists using this as an opportunity to hurt the optics of the protests and also to cause a little bit of carnage.

Ironic and heartbreaking when you look at how do different people are treated over a similar incident.

Black lives matter says Meghan, calling U.S. events 'devastating'

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, has spoken about events following the death of George Floyd saying she was sorry that children had to grow up in a world where racism still existed and that current events in the United States were "devastating".

"I know you know that black lives matter," Meghan said in a video she recorded for students graduating from her old high school in Los Angeles which was aired on Wednesday.

The death of Floyd has become the latest flashpoint for long-simmering rage over police brutality against African Americans and led to nationwide protests, some violent, with curfews imposed in some cities to quell the disorder.

"For the past couple of weeks I've been planning on saying a few words to you for your graduation and as we've all seen over the last week what is happening in our country, and in our state and in our home town of LA is absolutely devastating," said

Meghan, whose mother is African American and father is white. "First thing I want to say to you is that I'm sorry, I'm so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present," she said in her message to the girls at the Immaculate Heart High School.

#BlackOutTuesday came from a good place but it quickly descended into a performative show of solidarity. 

Drew Brees has been criticised for comments about criticising the flag despite claiming to support the fight against racism. It's the kind of double speak that allows racism to persist. Martellus Bennett, the former NFL tight end has delivered a scatching thread of tweets calling out the NFL and several of the players who he says are complicit in institutional racism.

After long silence, Mattis denounces Trump and military response to crisis

After long refusing to explicitly criticize a sitting president, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused President Donald Trump on Wednesday of trying to divide America and roundly denounced a militarization of the U.S. response to civil unrest.

The remarks by Mattis, an influential retired Marine general who resigned over policy differences in 2018, are the strongest to date by a former Pentagon leader over Trump's response to the killing of George Floyd, an African-American, while in Minneapolis police custody.

"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try," Mattis, who resigned as Trump's defense secretary in 2018, wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic.

George Floyd accused to face fresh charges

Following confirmation that Derek Chauvin will now face second-degree murder charges after a judicial review, the three other officers allegedly involved in the death of George Floyd were charged on Wednesday with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.

One New York police officer shot, one slashed in Brooklyn, unclear if protest related

(Reuters) One New York police officer was shot shortly before midnight Wednesday and another officer was slashed in Brooklyn, police said, but it was unclear if the attack was related to ongoing protests.

The names and conditions of the officers was not released. Both officers were injured near Church and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn and were taken to Kings County Hospital, police said.

One arrest was made at the scene. The incident comes amid the mass protests and some rioting in New York over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in custody of white police officers.

George Floyd had coronavirus, according to autopsy report

George Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a full autopsy report released by the Hennepin county medical examiner’s office. The report noted that the virus was not a contributing factor in his death and that Floyd was asymptomatic.

London

Black Lives Matter protest in London

Several hundred protesters marched through London as part of the Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday. Two men were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and violent disorder following an incident near Downing Street.

Trump lays into James Mattis

Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis took a broadside at president Donald Trump for his heavy-handed response to the nationwide protests at the murder of George Floyd. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis wrote.

Trump's response came through Twitter late on Wednesday...

"...His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!"

Australian broadcast journalists attacked by protesters in London

Sophie Walsh and Ben Avery, who were covering the Black Lives Matter demonstrations for Australia's Nine News network were both forced to abandon their live stand-ups after being set upon in separate attacks.

Most of Atlanta protesters were locals

Despite statements from Atlanta’s police chief and mayor suggesting much of last weekend’s violence was perpetrated by outside groups, figures released Wednesday show the majority of protesters arrested by the city’s police department so far have been from Georgia

Of the 425 protesters arrested by Atlanta police between Friday and Monday, nearly 85% live in the state, arrest records show. Just 51 people, about 12% of those charged, were from elsewhere.

New charges for all four sacked police officers

New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, court documents show. The other three officers, previously uncharged, face counts of aiding and abetting murder.

Trump

Trump says he likely won't need military to respond to protests

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not believe that he would need to use U.S. troops to counter domestic protests sparked by a police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

"It depends, I don't think we'll have to," Trump said when asked in an interview with Newsmax TV whether he would send the military to any cities after sometimes violent protests over the killing of George Floyd.

The president had previously said that he could use military forces in states that have failed to crack down on the violent protests.

Obama on Floyd death and US unrest

 

'Daddy changed the world', George Floyd's six-year-old daughter

Gianna Floyd sitting aloft the shoulders of former NBA player Stephen Jackson stated: “Daddy changed the world”.

 

Disney pledges five million dollars to social causes

The Walt Disney Company has pledged $5 million to support nonprofit organizations that advance social justice, beginning with a $2 million donation to the NAACP

Protest underway in downtown Dallas

Chauvin

Former police officer accused of killing George Floyd hires new lawyer

The former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd is being represented by a new lawyer in the racially charged case that has sparked protests across the United States over police brutality, according to people involved in the case.

The ex-officer, Derek Chauvin, is now being defended by Eric Nelson of the Halberg Criminal Defense firm, according to Marsh Halberg, the firm's chief executive.

Chauvin's legal representation is being provided by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) which draws from a panel of about a dozen attorneys, which includes both Nelson and the lawyer he replaced, Tom Kelly of Kelly & Jacobson.

Kelly told Reuters he gave up the case for medical-related reasons. The case was assigned to him by the association, which provides legal services to Minnesota's police, because he was the on-call attorney at the time of Chauvin's arrest, Kelly said.

Trump

Trump without side effects after two-week course of anti-malaria drug -White House doctor

U.S. President Donald Trump had no side effects from a two-week course of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that can cause heart problems, after using it as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, his White House physician said on Wednesday.

The results of Trump's annual physical found that the 73-year-old president remains healthy but picked up a pound and now weighs 244 pounds (110.68 kg) compared to 243 pounds (110.22 kg) last year.

His weight puts him further into the obese range for adults of his height.

Trump, who turns 74 on June 14, is regularly tested for the virus and has been negative each time, according to a summary of results by his physician, Sean Conley.

Twitter

Donald Trump congratulates Donald Trump

The U.S. President took to Twitter stating that he had done more for the black population than Joe Biden had done in 43 years and took a swipe at his favourite victims, the 'fake news' outlets.

Stockholm

Thousands defy pandemic ban to join Stockholm protest over U.S. police violence

Thousands of people joined a demonstration in central Stockholm on Wednesday to protest against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, defying a ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people due to the pandemic.

Bearing signs and placards with messages such as "I can't breathe" and "Black Lives Matter", demonstrators gathered for several hours at a square in the heart of the city during the afternoon, television footage showed.

While the country has eschewed a lockdown and relied on Swedes' sense of social responsibility with mostly voluntary measures to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, it has banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

Major League Baseball on death of George Floyd

Major League Baseball (MLB) called for action "both within our sport and society," after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests and calls for reform across the United States.

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans.

"MLB is committed to engaging our communities to invoke change," the league said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"We will take the necessary time, effort and collaboration to address symptoms of systemic racism, prejudice and injustice, but will be equally as focused on the root of the problem."

The statement came more than a week after Floyd's death after protests ramped up across the United States and the league faced mounting criticism as the last of the five major men's professional sports leagues to speak out.

Charges increased against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree murder

The news was confirmed by U.S. Senator for Minnesota Amu Klobuchar with the Senator adding that the other three officers present will also be charged.

Los Angeles curfew: 3 June: times confirmed

Protests and riots continue in Los Angeles following the the death of George Floyd as a series of curfew hours are drafted in to prevent mass demonstration.

Arnold Schwarzanegger slams Trump

The actor and former Governor of California made an impassioned speech and implored Donald Trump to denounce racists and white supremacists.

George mural

Kenyan mural artist Allan Mwangi, also known as Mr.detail.seven, carries his ladder after painting a graffiti mural in the Kibera slum in Nairobi on June 3, 2020, depicting the American, George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, in the United States.(Photo by Gordwin ODHIAMBO / AFP) 

Floyd memorial

'We got to act': Minnesota ex-felon finds purpose at George Floyd memorial

Alfonzo Williams waved his massive forearms and urged onlookers to clear the way for the procession of clergy members marching toward the site in his Minneapolis neighborhood where a white police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died.

Williams ushered local faith leaders to a spot where they preached and prayed with hundreds of grievers. Just feet away, Floyd, a black man, had spent the last nine minutes of his life face down on the pavement with the officer's knee jammed into his neck.

Williams, a 43-year-old ex-felon and former gang member, believes divine intervention brought him and other members of the local black community to this moment and will guide their response to the tragedy that put the neighborhood in the global spotlight.

"By the grace of God I'm here and alive," said Williams, who has been shot six times during his life. "I know God has a plan and this is part of it. We can't sit around no more. If we want to have hope for the next generation, we got to act."

Williams is a member of the Worldwide Outreach for Christ, a nearby church where he works security and helps organize events for the small congregation.

Mavs player helps in clean up operation

Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki helped clean up downtown Dallas following another night of protests against racial injustice.

George Floyd demonstrations in Bundesliga will go unpunished, confirms DFB

Anti-racism demonstrations relating to the death of George Floyd will not prompt the usual punishment for on-field protests in Germany.

Silent protests sweep US

As well as protesters hugging police and asking them to take the knee with them, people in their thousands have been lying face down with their hands behind their backs in protest against police arrest methods in the US.  

Trump denies having protesters moved before visit to church

(Reuters) President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not ask for protesters to be moved before he walked to a partially burned historic church near the White House to pose for photographs with a Bible and top aides.

"They didn't use tear gas," Trump told Fox News Radio interview, contradicting reports by a large number of protesters and reporters that tear gas was deployed to move them away from the church. "Now, when I went, I didn't say 'Oh, move them out.' I didn't know who was there."

On Monday evening, people protesting the police killing of George Floyd in front of St. John's Episcopal church, across the street from the White House, were shoved back by law enforcement as canisters released smoke.

A few minutes later, Trump, who had just announced a federal crackdown on the nationwide protests in the Rose Garden, walked to the church, accompanied by top administration officials.

UK

Protests spread to UK

Police form a barrier outside Downing street during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on 3 June, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA, on 25 May. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

"We can either be killed by Covid-19 just as easily as we can be killed by a cop."

Minneapolis activist @votegriffin has defended the right to protest after the death of George Floyd and pointed out that African-Americans are also bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis in the US. 

Where are the largest protests taking place?

U.S. protesters ignored curfews overnight as they vented their anger over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police, but there was a marked drop in the violence that prompted President Donald Trump to threaten to deploy the military.

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, many demonstrators who defied the curfew were arrested but by mid-evening, calm had been restored to the extent that television stations switched from wall-to-wall coverage back to regular programming. Large marches and rallies also took place in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle.

On Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, hundreds of people filled the street, marching past famous landmarks of the film center. Others gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown, in some cases hugging and shaking hands with a line of officers outside.

Washington

Outside the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon a throng took to one knee, chanting "silence is violence" and "no justice, no peace," as officers faced them just before the government-imposed curfew.

Many of the protesters used the slogan "take a knee", referring both to how Floyd died and a long-standing protest against racism in America that started in 2016 with a football player taking a knee instead of standing during the National Anthem.

Atlanta

In Atlanta, four officers and two former officers were charged with using excessive force while arresting two students. Minneapolis launched an investigation into possible discriminatory practices in the police department over the last 10 years.

New York

In New York, thousands of chanting protesters ignored the curfew to march from the Barclays Center in Flatbush toward the Brooklyn Bridge as police helicopters whirred overheard.

The crowd halted at an entrance to the Manhattan Bridge roadway, chanted at riot police: “Walk with us! Walk with us." New York state police arrested a 30-year-old woman Tuesday after she drove a car striking three police at a demonstration in Buffalo on Monday.

Donald Trump's comments about deploying the military against the protestors has just forced more people out onto the streets. "I've been giving what money I can to groups but after what he did — deploying the military against Americans — there was just no way I was staying home. He just really came for Americans," said one woman outside the White House.

Firebrand U.S. congressman Steve King, who was called out by his colleagues last year for using hateful rhetoric, lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday as a Republican rival defeated him for their party's nomination in an Iowa primary election.

New York have been forced to bring their curfew further forward after protests in the city. It is the first curfew in the city since 1943 when a white police officer shot a black soldier dead in Harlem.

'I want justice': Mother of Floyd's daughter says he was a good man, father

The grieving mother of George Floyd's daughter on Tuesday demanded justice for him, saying he was a good father who did not deserve to die face down on the pavement, pinned under the weight of three police officers.

With her 6-year-old daughter Gianna clinging to her, Roxie Washington told reporters she wants all four officers involved in Floyd's death to pay for the killing, which has sparked protests across the U.S. and the world.

"At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families," Washington said. "Gianna doesn't have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle."

President Donald Trump has said that he will deploy the United States military if states don't quell the riots, but some wonder if he is allowed to do that.

George Floyd death: latest updates

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the reactions and protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

The background to the protests and civil unrest

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday 25 May after pleading for help as police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck to pin him down. Floyd was unarmed and already handcuffed. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Footage shot by a bystander shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, as he pleads that he cannot breath, until he slowly stops talking and moving. 'I CAN'T BREATHE' has become a slogan for the protests across America.

The death has provoked widespread protests, initially in the city where Floyd was killed, Minneapolis, but which have now spread across the US.

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