Tag: US protests

BBC News: George Floyd death: Violence erupts on sixth day of protests

Violence has erupted in cities across the US on the sixth night of protests sparked by the death in police custody of African-American George Floyd.

Curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities, but people have largely ignored them, leading to tense stand-offs.

Riot police clashed with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, firing tear gas and pepper bullets to try to disperse the crowds.

Police vehicles were set on fire and shops were looted in several cities.

The National Guard – the US reserve military force for domestic emergencies – said on Sunday that 5,000 of its personnel had been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC, where crowds once again gathered near the White House, this time lighting fires and throwing stones at riot officers.

“State and local law enforcement agencies remain responsible for security,” the National Guard added.

The Guardian: Thousands in New Zealand protest against George Floyd killing

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, after the death of George Floyd in the US.

At least four solidarity gatherings were held in the country on Monday afternoon, with massive crowds taking to their knees in the Auckland demonstration.

Tens of thousands marched from Aotea Square, in central Auckland, to the American embassy, carrying signs with messages such as “Be kind”, “Silence is Betrayal” and “Do Better, Be Better”.

Earlier, as speakers called for the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to denounce the killing of Floyd as a hate crime, many in the crowd took to one knee. Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most ethnically diverse city, with more than 40% of the city identifying as something other than Pakeha (European New Zealander).

Firehouse: VA Police Chief: FFs Blocked from House Fire with Child Inside

During an emotional news conference, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said police needed “to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department” to reach the scene of the blaze.

Firefighters were blocked over the weekend from trying to reach a burning house with a child inside, an emotional Virginia police chief said during a Sunday news conference.

Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said rioters had intentionally started a fire in “an occupied building on Broad Street” early Sunday. Officers were called in because fire apparatus were being prevented from reaching the scene.

BBC News: George Floyd death: Thousands join UK protests

Thousands of people have gathered across central London to protest against the killing of an unarmed black man by police in the US.

They held up signs saying “Justice for George Floyd”, who died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down.

Derek Chauvin has been charged with his murder in Minneapolis. The white police officer has been sacked from his job.

During the protests Met Police officers arrested five people.

The protests have been held at Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy in Battersea.

The Daily Wire: National Guard Called In To Major Cities After Night Of Violence That Saw Three Dead, Thousands Arrested

Cities like Chicago, Illinois, are calling in their state’s National Guard units Sunday after a night of violence that saw at least three people killed, thousands arrested, and countless businesses left in shambles.

Protests took place across the country Saturday, sparked by a video showing the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was arrested by Minneapolis police. At least four officers have been fired and one, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, even though Floyd was not resisting, has been charged with Floyd’s murder.

Daily Mail: Police in riot gear fire rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of protestors demanding the arrest of four Minneapolis cops involved in the death of black man George Floyd

  • Chaos erupted at a Minneapolis protest Tuesday night over George Floyd’s death on Monday
  • Police in riot gear threw tear gas and rubber bullets at people who held banners saying ‘I can’t breathe’
  • Demonstrators were pictured with milk doused in their faces to limit the effects of the gas 
  • Protesters were demanding the four officers are charged over the black man’s death  
  • A video emerged Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck during his arrest 
  • Floyd was heard repeatedly telling cops he was in pain and could not breathe before losing consciousness 
  • Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man later died in the hospital and four officers have been fired
  • FBI and state authorities are now investigating the man’s death 
  • George Floyd’s family said the cops ‘murdered’ Floyd and are calling for officers to face murder charges  

 

CNN: George Floyd’s family says four officers involved in his death should be charged with murder

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, after the death of George Floyd in the US.

At least four solidarity gatherings were held in the country on Monday afternoon, with massive crowds taking to their knees in the Auckland demonstration.

Tens of thousands marched from Aotea Square, in central Auckland, to the American embassy, carrying signs with messages such as “Be kind”, “Silence is Betrayal” and “Do Better, Be Better”.

Earlier, as speakers called for the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to denounce the killing of Floyd as a hate crime, many in the crowd took to one knee. Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most ethnically diverse city, with more than 40% of the city identifying as something other than Pakeha (European New Zealander).