Mayor says George Floyd's body will return to Houston

Brenda Watkins
May 31, 2020

Protesters took to the streets on Saturday in at least 30 USA cities over the death of an unarmed African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The protests have also spread internationally, with thousands of people taking to the streets in the German capital to protest Floyd's death and against racism.

Protests over George Floyd's death continued for a fifth night on Saturday with violence and raging fires in several cities across the United States as law enforcement has been enhanced from coast to coast; from big cities to small towns.

Speaking at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, he said: "What we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace".

At least 13 police officers were injured in Philadelphia when peaceful protests turned violent and at least four police vehicles were set on fire.

"Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME!" Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference that Floyd's body would be coming back to Houston but provided no additional details. "It's just a fact".

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said the remarks "are an attack on humanity, an attack on black America and they make my city less safe".

A policeman shoots rubber bullets at protesters throwing rocks and water bottles during a demonstration in Miami

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to cheer on the tougher tactics Saturday night, commending the National Guard deployment in Minneapolis, declaring "No games!" and saying police in New York City "must be allowed to do their job!" Fire and smoke were caught on video near Philadelphia City Hall and at least 14 arrests have been made so far in the city. The actual number is likely higher as protests continue Saturday night.

Police responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests.

On Friday, Trump drew a warning from Twitter and condemnation from Democrats after posting a comment that "looting leads to shooting", suggesting protesters who turned to looting could be fired upon.

Lightfoot announced a curfew, starting from 9 p.m. local time to 6 a.m. Sunday, adding that anyone breaking the curfew, after being given the warning to disperse, would be arrested. "This curfew is in place to protect their safety - and the safety of all who live and work in our city", Garcetti said in a statement.

The protests and riots broke out across the nation after Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody Monday. Almost a third of those arrests came in Los Angeles, where the governor declared a state of emergency and ordered the National Guard to back up the city's 10,000 police officers as dozens of fires burned across the city.

The phrase became a rallying point for protesters demonstrating against the killings of unarmed black men and women by police.

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