George Floyd protests LIVE: London Black Lives Matter demonstration takes place today as curfews ignored across US – The Sun
THOUSANDS of Brits are expected to descend on London's Hyde Park from 1pm today as worldwide outrage continues to flare over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
People across the UK have also been asked to "take the knee" on their doorsteps at 6pm in solidarity.
This comes as demonstrators defied curfews in the US.
In New York City, police officers trying to wind down a day of peaceful protests allegedly arrested at least 40 people for breaking a 7pm curfew as looting broke out around Manhattan.
In LA, protesters staged a post-curfew sit-in outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's home.
They held up their hands and chanted "peaceful protest" while ignoring the police's orders to move.
And in Atlanta, tensions increased between protesters and police just before the 9pm curfew as officers launched tear gas into crowds.
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BIDEN TO ATTEND FLOYD FUNERAL
Joe Biden will attend George Floyd’s funeral in Houston, Texas, next week, an attorney for Floyd's family said.
A public viewing for Floyd will be from noon to 6 p.m. local time on Monday at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, USA Today reported.
The funeral and burial will take place the following day.
Family lawyer Benjamin Crump said the former Vice President will be in attendance.
LA POLICE CHIEF UNDER FIRE OVER LOOTERS COMMENTS
LAPD chief Michel Moore is under fire for saying George Floyd looters are “as responsible for his death as those officers’”.
He said: “We didn't have protests last night, we had criminal acts.
“We didn't have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalising.
“His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers.”
But he was forced to apologise after a furious backlash.
MUM OF FLOYD'S DAUGHTER REVEALS GRIEF
THE mother of George Floyd's daughter has spoken out about her grief over her former partner's death, saying their six-year-old child will never be walked down the aisle by her father.
“He was a good man,” said Roxie Washington, in a news conference in Minneapolis on Tuesday. “I'm here for my baby and I'm here for George because I want justice.”
Floyd's daughter Gianna was standing by her mother, who choked back tears as she demanded justice for the 46-year-old, who died during an arrest last week.
“I don't have a lot to say, I can't get the words together right now. I want everyone to know that this is what those officers took from me,” she said, referencing their daughter.
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$10MILLION DONATED TO FLOYD’S FAMILY
A GoFundMe raising money for George Floyd's funeral and to support his family has topped $10 MILLION in just a few days.
The “Official George Floyd Memorial Fund” saw more than 390,000 donors put their hands in their pockets – and the number is still rising.
This reportedly makes it one of the most successful GoFundMe campaigns of all time in terms of money raised.
Donations have dwarfed the initial target of $1.5million and the page has been shared on social media 241,200 times.
STORE OWNER SAYS HE WON’T CALL COPS AGAIN
The owner of the store where George Floyd allegedly tried to use fake $20 note before his death says staff will no longer call cops because it “almost always does more harm than good”.
Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, owner of Cup Foods grocery store, said he and his family were “deeply saddened for our part of this tragedy”.
He said that the incident should serve to “teach us all an important lesson about dealing with police”.
AUSSIE REPORTER BEATEN WITH BATONS BY COPS
An Aussie reporter has told how she was beaten with batons by cops and shot with rubber bullets while covering George Floyd protests in the US.
Amelia Brace, of 7NEWS, was whacked with a baton and her cameraman Tim Myers was struck in the chest on live TV near the White House on Tuesday.
She said: “It was an absolutely terrifying experience.
“We’re definitely a bit worse for wear today.
“I can feel it across my shoulders where I was whacked with that baton and we’ve got welts from the rubber bullets.
“It’s similar to if you were shot too closely with a paintball gun.”
TRUMP 'CONSIDERED USING TANKS AGAINST PROTESTERS'
Donald Trump considered using 'tanks' or other armoured military vehicles to help restore order in the US, its reported.
Trump hoped to make the aggressive action in Washington an example for the rest of the country, according to an anonymous senior White House official quoted by other publications.
Two Pentagon officials also told AP that the president had ordered military aircraft to fly above the capital on Monday night as a 'show of force' against demonstrators.
RIOTS IN PARIS OVER FLOYD CASE
Violence flared in Parislast night after at least 20,000 demonstrators turned up at a banned protest against alleged racist policing.
Tear gas and baton charges were used by cops as they came under attack outside the Paris Tribunal, the modern court complex in the north of the city.
Protests against George Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked disturbances across the USA, have spread around the world.
The Paris demonstration was originally planned for Tuesday evening by supporters of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black Frenchman of Malian origin who died in similar circumstances to Mr Floyd in July 2016.
BUSH SAYS 'TIME TO EXAMINE FAILURES'
George W Bush has said it is time for America to “examine our tragic failures” and called the protests that have gripped the nation over the past few days a “strength”.
The former president released a lengthy statement a week after George Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest.
“It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future,” he wrote in the statement published on Tuesday.
“This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?”
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TRUMP CALLS FOR END TO RIOTING
Donald Trump has said protesters in New York are “out of control” and demanded mayor Bill de Blasio “put down rioting now”.
The president tweeted: “New York’s Finest are not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help.
“NYC is totally out of control. @NYCMayor & @NYGovCuomo MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!”
TEENAGER CALLS OUT DEMOCRATS WHO ACCEPTED POLICE DONATIONS
Following the death of George Floyd, a 19-year-old college student from Queens has called out New York Democrats who have accepted police donations.
Aaron Fernando of John Jay College of Criminal Justice shared his spreadsheet, “Who's Taking Cop Money?”, on Twitter on May 29.
Since then, eight elected Democrats have vowed to donate their police-funded contributions to bail fund or criminal justice reform organizations.
Before updating the spreadsheet, Fernando said he required elected officials to send him proof that they had reallocated their funds.
“Your contributors are a reflection of who you are,” he told CNN.
MAN SUSPECTED OF IMPERSONATING NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER ARRESTED
A man suspected of impersonating a National Guard member was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to reports.
CBS Los Angeles reported that Gregory Wong, 31, had been spotted by an actual member of the National Guard who noticed Wong's uniform didn't look right.
Wong was reportedly carrying an M-4 rifle and charged with transportation of an assault weapon.
According to reports, Wong told police he was going to a friend's establishment to provide security.
LA POLICE ARREST PROTESTORS OUTSIDE MAYOR'S RESIDENCE
Police began to make arrests in Los Angeles after protestors gathered outside the mayor's residence hours after curfew.
Many of the protestors were sitting on the ground with their hand up, chanting “Peaceful protest,” CNN reported.
Crowds cheered as arrested protestors were led away, before they were lined up against a wall to provide their information.
Those arrested were then bused away from the scene, according to reports.
UBER AND LYFT PAUSE RIDE SERVICES IN NYC IN KEEPING WITH CURFEW
Uber and Lyft paused their rise services in New York City on Tuesday night to be in keeping with the city's curfew.
According to reports, the move came at the request of the city, which asked that for-hire vehicles be shut down from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 12:30am Wednesday.
Yellow cabs, however, would continue to operate.
Many pedestrians in the city are already cautious of using the subway because of the COVID-19 risk.
The pausing of for-hire services left essential workers – who are exempt from the curfew – to pick from walking, biking, yellow cabs or other forms of public transport on Tuesday night.
NORTH CAROLINA POLICE ARREST PROTESTOR WITH AR RIFLE
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a tweet that they have arrested a protestor who was armed with an “AR Rifle with two 30-round magazines.”
The announcement comes after police in Charlotte said earlier that they had been required to use “chemical agents” to calm protests in the area.
CMPD News tweeted: “After being assaulted with bottles, rocks, and chemical agents multiple dispersal orders were given.
“Officers gave protestors multiple avenues to leave the area. After refusal to leave, chemical agents were deployed to protect officers and the public.”
DC NATIONAL GUARD INVESTIGATING HELICOPTER USE
The National Guard in Washington, DC, is investigating the use of its helicopters on Monday night, officials said.
Helicopters were cited doing low-level passes above crowds in an apparent attempt to disperse protestors in the capital.
DC National Guard tweeted on Tuesday: “DCNG Commanding General has directed an investigation into the actions of our rotary aviation assets June 1.
“Our priority is the safety of our Guardsmen who support civil authorities.
“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of citizens and their right to protest.”
The incident followed President Trump's Rose Garden address, after which he walked to visit a visit to a nearby church.
TRUMP ASKS WHEN NEW YORK WILL CALL FOR HELP
President Donald Trump tweeted about the ongoing protests in New York City on Tuesday night, asking when the state's governor would call for help.
The president cited Fox News to describe the “chaos, lawlessness, and destruction.”
“When will Governor Cuomo call the federal government for help?” Trump tweeted.
Several protestors were arrested or detained as scuffles broke out between police and protestors in Chelsea, western Manhattan.
DOWNING STREET EXPRESSES 'ALARM' AT SCENES IN US
The prime minister's official spokesperson has described the scenes unfolding in the US as “very alarming”, the Telegraph reports.
Recent days have seen many of the protests over the death of George Floyd end in violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Dozens of instances of police using teargassing, beating, or using rubber bullets on peaceful protesters have also been documented.
The Number Ten spokesperson said: “The violence is clearly very alarming.
“People must be allowed to protest peacefully.”
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY JOINS CRITICISM OF TRUMP
The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined church leaders in the US to condemn Donald Trump after protesters were teargassed to make way for a photo-op.
Police yesterday cleared demonstrators outside the White House so the president could pose for a photo holding a bible in front of a church.
Welby shared a social media post by Michael Curry, the American bishop who spoke at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Curry said Trump “used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes” and that the stunt “did nothing to help us or to heal us”.
Commenting on the post, Welby said: “I thank God for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s leadership and for all in the US who are striving for racial justice and reconciliation.”
LAPD MAKES 1,200 ARRESTS IN ONE DAY
The Los Angeles Police Department made 1,200 arrest on Monday, NBC News reports.
The figure of roughly equal to amount of people usually arrested over the course of a week.
A law enforcement source told NBC News that the majority of the arrest were for breaches of curfew or, to a lesser extent, looting.
Officials said they expected the number of arrests to rise this week as officers became more accustomed to the tactics of looters.
FLOYD CLIP ‘REMINDED ME OF BEING BEATEN BY POLICE AS A CHILD’, SAYS FORMER NYPD CAPT
A former NYPD captain has spoken of how watching the George Floyd footage reminded him of being beaten by police as a child.
Capt. Eric Adams, who spent more 20 years in the police and also founded a group to combat police brutality, was speaking during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“I cannot tell you what I feel right now,” he said.
“When we saw George Floyd on the ground with a foot on his neck, it reminded me of, as a child, being beaten by police and urinating blood for weeks after.
“And going into a police department and fighting against police abuse.
“This is a moment for me. Seeing young people taking to the streets across our country. It brings me joy.”
He went on to express concern about those protests that have descended into violence, saying: “You cannot end violence by using violence.
AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATING US POLICE ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS
The Australian government is investigating an alleged attack by US police on two Australian journalists covering unrest outside the White House, its foreign minister has said.
Marise Payne was speaking after footage broadcast on live television appeared to show an officer hitting a man holding a television camera with his riot shield.
The officer then appears to punch the man before pushing him along the street.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly asked the Australian Embassy in Washington DC to investigate the incident with a view to launching a formal complaint.
Payne said: “I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia's strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington.”
ACHIEVING JUSTICE FOR ALL IS THE DUTY OF ALL, SAYS GEORGE BUSH
Former president George W Bush has released a long statement on the death of George Floyd, saying it is the responsibility of all Americans to help achieve justice for all.
“We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised,” he wrote.
“We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress.
“But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice.
“The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system.
“And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.”
AT LEAST 125 VIOLATIONS OF PRESS FREEDOM RECORDED
At least 125 violations of press freedom have been recorded by journalists covering unrest in the US following the death of George Floyd, a media watchdog has said.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said that dozens of journalists had been targeted with tear gas, pepper spray, or rubber bullets, in a number of cases while displaying their press credentials.
Up to 20 arrests of journalists have also been reported.
The group went on to call on local and state authorities to ensure that the press is exempted from any curfews and that such exemptions are honoured.
EU ‘SHOCKED AND APPALLED’ BY GEORGE FLOYD DEATH
The European Union is ‘shocked and appalled’ by the death of George Floyd, the body’s foreign policy chief has said.
Speaking to reporters, Josep Borrell called the behaviour of the officers involved an “abuse of power”.
“Like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd,” he said.
“All societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force.
“We condemn racism of any kind.
“We trust in the ability of the Americans to come together, to heal as a nation”.
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