United Kingdom police chiefs 'stand alongside' those appalled by death — George Floyd

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

"The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart".

The military were again on the streets of the capital and helicopters hovered above protesters marching towards the White House.

In their joint statement, the National Police Chiefs Council said: "We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life". "Being here is better than being at home feeling helpless". But the protest lacked the tension of the previous nights' demonstrations.

But the crowd Tuesday was peaceful, even polite.

"But there is a fundamental - a constitutional - right to protest, and I'm against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the word of God as a political prop". On June 2, pastors at the church prayed with demonstrators and handed out water bottles. We hear from a father in Los Angeles about how he is talking with his sons about this moment.

"God as my witness, change is coming", Art Acevedo said.

"Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don't know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don't know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we're going to make sure that won't be an alien thought to our young ones".

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

But one retired St Louis police captain was shot dead early Tuesday outside a ransacked store. Police made almost 700 arrests and Mayor Bill de Blasio extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week.

Amid the beginning of the city's new curfew, US Secret Service agents were seen guarding the president as he walked from the White House to the historic church, which was damaged in a fire on Sunday. Thousands of people gathered in the streets yesterday to protest against police violence. Many people remained on the streets after the curfew hour. Broadcast footage showed police firing tear gas shortly after midnight, but the situation appeared to be calm overall.

The head of the US National Guard said on Tuesday 18,000 Guard members were assisting local law enforcement in 29 states. Not in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, despite an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

At least five protestors have died while demonstrating due to police projectiles.

Thousands gathered to march across downtown Houston Texas on 2 June
Thousands gathered to march across downtown Houston Texas

In Minneapolis, Roxie Washington, mother of Mr Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, told a news conference he was a good man.

"Gianna does not have a father", she said.

"I'm here for my baby and I'm here for George because I want justice for him". No matter what anybody thinks, he was good. They were expected to recover.

In the latest news on COVID-19, Brazil has reported almost 1,300 new coronavirus deaths, a new daily high for the country. And almost 8,000 people nationwide have been arrested, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after seemingly incessant killings by police.

The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found 64% of American adults were "sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now", while 27% said they were not and 9% were unsure. "There's always going to be a breaking point".

"I live in this state. He will never see her grow up, graduate".

Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on the PM to convey to US President Donald Trump the UK's "abhorrence about his response to the events".

"Overwhelming force. Domination", he wrote, adding: "Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!"

Warren was asked during the demonstration why Trump has the military deployed in the area, and she said simply "because he's wrong".

Nine states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries on Tuesday, testing the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest.

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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