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George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests, CHAZ Seattle: live updates

An activist kneels near a banner with the slogan 'Black Lives Matter' at the Constitutional Hill precinct in Johannesburg, on June 14, 2020 during a Black Lives Matter vigil. - A wave of global protests have taken place in response to anti-racis

George Floyd Black Lives Matter protests latest news: 14 June

U.N. rights body to examine 'systemic' U.S. racism and police brutality

The top U.N. human rights body will hold an urgent debate on allegations of "systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States on Wednesday, a statement said.

The decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries, it said in a statement on Monday.

The United States is not a member of the 47-member state forum in Geneva, having quit it two years ago alleging bias against its ally Israel.

"The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident," said the African group's letter made public by the United Nations.

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An aerial view as protesters walk on Sunset Boulevard during the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march, replacing the annual gay pride celebration, as protests continue in the wake of George Floyds death on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Organizers intend to amplify Black Queer voices and come together in solidarity with the march.

Britain's Johnson to launch cross-government commission on racism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a cross-government commission would examine racism and the disparities experienced by minority ethnic groups in education, health and the criminal justice system following Black Lives Matter protests.

Johnson said he could not ignore the strength of feeling shown by tens of thousands of people who had demonstrated in British cities following the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.


A woman affixes a small sign to part of the so-called 'No Cop Co-Op' which is providing free items like food, drink, and hygiene products to community members at the CHAZ/CHOP zone near the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct during continued protests against racial inequality and the police in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Atlanta police shooting of black man was a homicide, coroner says

The death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed by a white police officer in Atlanta on Friday, was a homicide caused by gunshot wounds to the back, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said on Sunday.

Brooks' death reignited protests in Atlanta after days of worldwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality prompted by the death of George Floyd, an African American, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

An autopsy conducted on Sunday showed that Brooks, 27, died from blood loss and organ injuries caused by two gunshot wounds, an investigator for the medical examiner said in a statement.

The manner of his death was homicide, the statement said.

Brooks' fatal encounter with police came after an employee of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta phoned authorities to say that someone had fallen asleep in his car in the restaurant's drive-through lane.

Popovich blasts Goodell for folding to Trump on anthem protests

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sharply ripped NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for folding under pressure from president Donald Trump in the past when it came to national anthem protests.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling for the anthem in 2016 and Trump repeatedly took aim at the NFL and the protest situation during the 2017 season.

Popovich said Goodell was intimidated by Trump. "A smart man is running the NFL and he didn't understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great -- all the people who fought to allow Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice," the famous basketball coach told The New York Times. "The flag is irrelevant. It's just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons ..."

NY Knicks finally issue statement on racism 

Madison Square Garden Co., parent company of the New York Knicks, issued a brief statement Tuesday opposing racism, just over a week after owner James Dolan said the team would not comment publicly on the death of George Floyd.

"Every one of us has a role to play in creating a more just and equal society, where there is no racism, bigotry, violence or hate," the statement read. "We stand with all who act for positive change."

The statement was posted on the Twitter accounts of MSG and of the company's subsidiaries -- the Knicks, New York Rangers and the Rockettes.


Britain's Johnson to launch cross-government commission on racism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a cross-government commission would examine racism and the disparities experienced by minority ethnic groups in education, health and the criminal justice system following Black Lives Matter protests.

Johnson said he could not ignore the strength of feeling shown by tens of thousands of people who had demonstrated in London and other British cities following the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

"We have to look at discrimination in the education system, in health, in the criminal justice system, we have to look at all ways in which it affects black and minority ethnic groups," Johnson said on Sunday.

"And so we're going have a big, big effort, which we will be announcing very shortly: a new cross-government commission to look at what is going on for black and minority ethnic groups and to champion their success."

BLM mosaic in Seattle 

Atlanta police seek masked woman suspected of burning down Wendy's

Police in Atlanta offered a $10,000 reward and published photos of what appeared to be a masked white woman as they sought the people who burned down a Wendy's restaurant where a black man was fatally shot by an officer as he tried to escape arrest. The fast-food outlet was torched late on Saturday during demonstrations that erupted over the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.

Marcelo pays tribute to Black Lives Matter with goal celebration

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Marcelo pays tribute to Black Lives Matter with goal celebration

Real Madrid's Marcelo pays tribute to #BLM

The Brazilian defender took a knee and raised his right fist to the air in a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement after scoring the third goal for Real Madrid.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of Rayshard Brooks, whose shooting dead by an Atlanta police officer on Friday has added fuel to Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S....

UK prime minister vows to punish "culprits" who vandalized statue of Winston Churchill...

Macron says France won't remove statues, erase history

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday fighting racism should not lead to a 'hateful' re-writing of history following worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a police officer in the United States.

Some protesters in the United States and elsewhere have targeted statues of historic figures associated with slavery or other past human rights abuses.

"I will be very clear tonight, compatriots: the Republic won't erase any name from its history. It will forget none of its artworks, it won't take down statues," he said in a televised address to the nation.


In pictures: Protesters hold placards and chant during a demonstration against racism in Almere, on June 14, 2020. - The anti-racism demonstration was held to condemn the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died on May 25 after being detained by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, and to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo by Jeroen JUMELET / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

Systemic racism slows economic growth - Dallas Fed chief Kaplan

Systemic racism and high unemployment levels among black and Hispanic Americans create a drag on the U.S. economy, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Sunday. "A more inclusive economy where everyone has an opportunity will mean faster workforce growth, faster productivity growth and will grow faster. And so I think we're right to focus on this and bore in on this," Kaplan said on CBS' 'Face the Nation.'

Kaplan said he agreed with his counterpart at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, Raphael Bostic - the Fed’s only African-American policymaker - who on Friday issued an impassioned call for an end to racism and laid out ways the U.S. central bank can help. The comments by the Fed policymakers follow weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the May 25 death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. The police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes has been fired and charged with murder.

"It's in the interest of the U.S.," Kaplan said. "The fastest growing demographic groups in this country are blacks and Hispanics. If they don't participate equally then we're going to grow more slowly." Kaplan said the Dallas Fed and the Federal Reserve System have been working for years to improve skills training and education for blacks and Hispanics, who have long endured a higher level of unemployment than whites. Overall unemployment, which spiked dramatically during the economic shutdowns to curb spread of the coronavirus, is on the way down, Kaplan said, adding that he expects to see positive job growth starting this month.

He said fiscal policy, which is set by Congress, will be a critical element of the recovery from the coronavirus slowdown, including continued unemployment benefits, possibly 'restructured to create more incentives for people to go back to work,' and benefits to state and local governments. 

Thousands of protesters in Tokyo took part in a Black Lives Matter march on Sunday, calling for an end to racial discrimination and police abuse..

The BLM protests have prompted a major financial boost for advocacy groups...


Ashley is one of those questioning the group that went to London in the name of 'protecting important statues' but clearly had other motives.

Putin points finger at anti-racism protesters and Trump opponents

“What happened there is a manifestation of some deep-rooted internal crises," Putin said.

"In fact, we have been observing this for a long time now, from the moment the incumbent president came to power, when he obviously won in an absolutely democratic way, and the losing side came up with all sorts of tales in order to question his legitimacy,” Putin said.

Global impact

In Paris, police stopped protesters from confronting far-right activists who unfurled a huge banner from a building denouncing “anti-white racism.” The banner was partly torn down by residents in the building, with one raising a fist in victory.

A Black Lives Matter group in London called off a demonstration, saying the presence of counter-protesters would make it unsafe. Right-wing activists and soccer fans descended on the U.K. capital, saying they wanted to guard historical monuments that have been targeted by anti-racism protesters. (AP)

A brief catch up

Here's what has been making the headlines over the last 24 hours:

- Trump to turn off sport if players kneel during anthem

United States President Donald Trump has said he will not watch National Football League (NFL) or U.S. soccer team matches if players do not stand for the national anthem.

- Atlanta police chief Erika Shields steps down

Following protests against the killing of Rayshard Brooks, an unarmed black man who fell asleep in a queue for a drive-in fast foot outlet, Shields has left her position. 

Derek Chauvin eligible for sizeable pension

According to various reports, the officer accused of killing George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, will remain eligible for his police pension even if convicted. 

Black Lives Matter protests, live coverage: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing fall-out from the killing of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.

It's 14 June - which happens to be President Donald Trump's birthday - and we have seen the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by Floyd's death spread first across the US and then throughout the world. We'll endeavour to bring you the latest news on the situation as it emerges.