A white former Minneapolis police officer was charged with murder on Friday after a bystander's video showed him pinning his knee into the neck of an unarmed black man who later died, an incident that triggered three nights of violent protests.
After a night of violent protests and looting, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Friday called for calm while the officer at the center of the controversy was arrested and charged with murder.
Derek Chauvin, the white policeman seen on a bystander's video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter The protests in Minneapolis this week were sparked by outrage over Monday’s death of 46-year-old Floyd.
A bystander's cell phone footage showed Floyd repeatedly moaning and gasping while he pleaded to Chauvin, "Please, I can't breathe." After several minutes, Floyd gradually grows quiet and stops moving.
Earlier on Friday, Governor Walz called for "swift" justice for the officers involved and promised a reckoning with the racial inequities behind the unrest.
"I understand clearly there is no trust in many of our communities... Help us use a humane way to get the streets to restore the justice..." But he said that first the state's National Guard would work to restore order following three nights of unrest.
Walz also apologized for the arrest of a CNN TV crew who were led off in handcuffs while reporting live on television early on Friday close to a police precinct that was burned overnight.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday at a news conference did not take questions about the controversy in Minnesota, but did weigh in on the unrest earlier in the day with incendiary language that prompted Twitter to hide his tweet behind a warning that accused him of "glorifying violence" in violation of its rules.
Trump tweeted: "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen…Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.
Thank you” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday struck a different tone.
“It’s time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truths... We need justice for George Floyd.
We need real police reform." Trump later had a more measured response: "Terrible event... I asked that the DOJ to expedite the federal investigation into his death.
Do it immediately... We also have to make the statement that we have peaceful protesters.
We can't allow a situation like happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos." More protests were expected in several U.S. cities on Friday over the killing of Floyd and other unarmed black people, including Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
Law enforcement has kept tabs on demonstrators since anti-police-brutality protests first broke out after the death of George Floyd. According to Business Insider, leaked documents reveal police exchanged protesters' Twitter handles. They also monitored protest plans in private Slack and Telegram channels, and kept lists of people who responded to protest events on Facebook. Records also show law enforcement focusing heavily on perceived threats against officers' lives posted to social media.
Former President Barack Obama has brought "solace" to George Floyd's family. Obama and Floyd's family had an emotional 25-minute phone call recently, reports Business Insider. Al Sharpton spoke with the New York Times, revealing some of the finer details. "I want you to have hope. I want you to know that Michelle and I will do anything you want me to do." Obama The call shows how powerful Obama's role remains in American public life.
June 27 (Reuters) - Princeton University is renaming its public policy school and Wilson College after concluding that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s racist thinking and policies “make him an inappropriate namesake.” Announcing the move on Saturday, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said it related to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks, Black Americans who died at the hands of police in recent months.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC in USA, where it was vandalised during 'Black Lives Matter' protest was restored to its old glory and inaugurated again in Washington DC. The inauguration was done by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and Ambassador of India to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. The statue, which is across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised with graffiti and spray painting in June during nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Rev. Dr. Bernice King, the youngest child of deceased civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by police in a Wendy's drive-thru parking lot, telling his family, "I am here to stand with you."
A New York police officer was suspended on Sunday after a video posted online appeared to show him rendering a Black man unconscious in a chokehold during an arrest, a few days after city council members voted to make it a crime for police to use the grip. Freddie Joyner has more.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Wednesday (June 10) announced that he will convene a special legislative session starting Friday, with police reform and building a stronger economy at the top of his priorities.
Major U.S. cities feared another night of violent protests on Sunday over the death of George Floyd in police custody, cleaning up broken glass and burned out cars after curfews failed to stop confrontations between activists and law enforcement. Lisa Bernhard has more.
President Trump offered to send U.S. military troops to Minneapolis "quickly" to help deal with an outbreak of violence that was said to be instigated by anarchists and outside agitators. Conway G. Gittens has the story.
The President of Unites States of America, Donald Trump has called coronavirus "plague from China" and accused Beijing of allowing it to happen. While addressing, the US President said, "Plague from China, that is what it is, should have never happened but they did allow it to happen. We had just signed a brand new trade deal and the ink wasn't even dry when it came over."
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to avoid disclosing to the House Judiciary Committee grand jury materials related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report documenting Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but justices likely won't rule on the case until after the Nov. 3 election. Colette Luke has more.
A man died in a shooting on Saturday night at a park in central Louisville, Kentucky, where demonstrators had gathered to protest over the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by officers in her home using an incorrect no-knock warrant. Louisville Metro police said there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park at about 9pm on Saturday, adding that there were also calls saying the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department tried to resuscitate a man who later died. Another shooting victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Video posted on social media appeared to show a man opening fire into the park as people scrambled for cover.
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A Louisville, Kentucky police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor has been fired. According to CNN, Det. Brett Hankison was terminated via a letter signed by the police chief. The letter stated that his employment with the department "is terminated," effective immediately. Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old Black EMT. She was killed when police broke down the door to her apartment in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times.
There has been speculation that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is suffering from cognitive decline. During a press conference, his first in months, Biden was asked by a reporter if he had been tested for “cognitive decline.” According to the Hill, Biden became enraged said “I’ve been tested. I’ve been tested constantly.” Biden went on to say he could “hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.
General Mark Milley said accompanying the president for a photo op preceded by a violent crackdown on protesters created the perception "of the military involved in domestic politics." This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
A mounting wave of protests calling for police reform swept across the United States on Sunday, while a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledges to disband the city's police department in favor of a community-led model. Libby Hogan reports.
The mayor of Washington, D.C., may lack authority over the National Guard and federal agents policing her streets, but she has other ways of rebuking the White House. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had suggested to some governors to call in the National Guard in the face of mostly peaceful nationwide protests sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.
Protesters defied curfews and threats of military force on Wednesday in nationwide protests across police brutality, while President Donald Trump touted the use of the National Guard to tamp down unrest. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
The class action lawsuit is seeking damages on behalf of all protesters over "alleged wrongful curfew arrests and unconstitutional assaults the Denver Police made on peaceful protesters and following..