George Floyd protesters take to streets of affluent Washington DC suburb

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, who is in the process of helping Floyd's family plan funeral arrangements, said police chiefs are "going to put those reforms forward".

Pastors at the church prayed with demonstrators and handed out water bottles. A chant went up: "Peaceful protest!"

It is unclear if this is due to the protesters themselves or more due to a change in law enforcement strategies.

Pope Francis called for national reconciliation and peace, saying he has "witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest" in the U.S.

In New York, midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday's protests.

Thousands of people remained in the streets of New York City Tuesday night, undeterred by an 8 p.m. curfew, though most streets were clear by early Wednesday.

Encounters between police and the public were largely peaceful, as a second week of demonstrations over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody began.

The Republican president, who is seeking re-election in November, continued his hard-line rhetoric, urging police to "get tough" in a series of tweets on Wednesday, a day after his likely challenger former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden vowed to heal the nation's racial divide.

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New York City's mayor maintained the negative aspects of the gatherings, including violent clashes and looting, would be stopped. Rizzo presided over a police force widely accused of racism and brutality in the 1970s.

For days, demonstrations have rocked several cities in the United States following the killing of George Floyd, a black man. Floyd was killed by a white police officer who responded to a call claiming Floyd had paid for cigarettes with a fake $20 note.

In addition to possible charges against the other officers, Ellison could also choose to upgrade the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, according to Don Lewis, the special prosecutor in the trial of the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

With her six-year-old daughter Gianna clinging to her, Roxie Washington said she wanted all four officers involved in Floyd's death to pay for the death, which has sparked fierce protests across the U.S. and the world. "I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took from me.", she said, sobbing. I'm here for George because I want justice for him because he was good.

Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after a long list of killings by police.

"It feels like it's just been an endless cascade of hashtags of black people dying, and it feels like nothing's really being done by our political leaders to actually enact real change", said Christine Ohenzuwa, 19, who attended a peaceful protest at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul. "I embrace our right to do that and I'm glad that it has been peaceful".

Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced on Tuesday the state's Department of Human Rights is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department's practices and policies over the last decade.

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