After days of seismic unrest and violence that shook America, the dynamic of the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody is shifting: from explosive anger over racial injustice and excessive force by law enforcement to conversations over how to bring about concrete change in America.
He was the focus of an emotional and heartfelt tribute in Minneapolis that drew family members, celebrities, politicians and civil rights advocates. The Rev. Al Sharpton urged those gathered to “stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks!’” Floyd’s brother, Terence, also addressed a memorial in New York. “I thank God for you all showing love to my brother,” he said.
Across the country, the situation was generally calmer, but a new case of possible police brutality became public.
- In Buffalo, video showed a police officer appearing to shove a 75-year-old man who falls and cracks his head on the pavement. It drew widespread condemnation. Police said they’re opening an internal investigation and two officers were suspended.
- Protesters took to New York City streets after curfew, again, but calm prevailed.
- Heavy rain brought an end to Washington protests before dark.
- California’s cities and counties are cautiously lifting curfews after days of sporadic mayhem were replaced by peaceful protests..
- Protesters in a rural Indiana city who took to the streets to peacefully demonstrate encountered bystanders who were holding rifles. A video that circulated on social media captured the unsettling scene Monday.
Donald Trump: An AP analysis finds that the president is increasingly emulating the strongman leaders he has long admired as he seeks to tamp down protests. His response is forcing a public reckoning among both current and former military leaders, as well as a handful of Republican politicians, writes AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace.
Trump is traveling to Maine today to visit a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. The local sheriff is urging both Trump protesters and supporters to behave themselves during the visit.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Trump administration, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House earlier this week by police using chemical agents before Trump walked to a nearby church to take a photo, holding a Bible aloft.
Minneapolis Police Chief: Many hoped the city’s first black police chief could change the culture of a department that critics said too often uses excessive force and discriminates against people of color. But Floyd’s death and the protests it ignited have raised questions about whether Medaria Arradondo — or any chief — can fix a police department that’s now facing a civil rights investigation, report Tammy Webber and Amy Forliti.
Georgia Deadly Shooting: A state investigator testified that a white man, Travis McMichael, was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery’s body, moments after fatally shooting the black man with a pump-action shotgun.
Photos: NYC Protests Through the Ages: From the 1940s to the 1960s and into the 21st century, there has been racially charged tension between police and protesters in New York City.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR – GLOBAL NEWS COORDINATION, LONDON