George Floyd protesters take to streets of affluent Washington DC suburb

Carla Harmon
June 3, 2020

The protests have been largely peaceful.

According to the video and the criminal complaint, Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe, as witnesses protested that he was dying, and even as Lane twice asked to turn him onto his side.

Davis called on police forces across the country to "continue to work with our protesters and individuals in our communities so they can have the opportunity and the space to express themselves".

Clashes between protesters and police and looting of some stores in New York City gave way to relative quiet by night's end.

Trump, a Republican seeking re-election in November, has used hardline rhetoric, urging police to "get tough" on Twitter on Wednesday, a day after his likely challenger, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, vowed to heal the racial divide.

In Los Angeles, many demonstrators who defied a curfew were arrested, but calm was restored by mid-evening to the extent that television switched back to regular programming. Many cities intensified their curfews, with authorities in Washington also ordering people off streets before sundown.

In Washington, however, where the CBC's Paul Hunter is based, the earlier curfew had little impact.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of cities coast to coast for an eighth night in protest over the death of Floyd and brutality against other black Americans.

Trump's militaristic rhetoric and the growing role of the US armed forces has alarmed some current and former officials. On Monday, law enforcement officers on foot and mounted on horses cleared peaceful protesters away from Lafayette Park near the White House so Trump could walk to St. John's Church, where a fire broke out during earlier protests.

George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 after a white officer used his knee to pin Floyd's neck to the ground for almost nine minutes.

She added the human rights department will "use their investigatory authority as a tool to support the city and their efforts to make deep, systematic change".

The mother of George Floyd's young daughter spoke out Tuesday, demanding "justice" for Floyd and for 6-year-old Gianna. Minneapolis Police chief Medaria Arradondo fired the four officers and said they were "complicit" in Floyd's death, and Floyd's family and protesters nationwide have called for them to be arrested and convicted for the killing.

"We also need nationwide standards", she said. George Floyd was a real person.

He said an investigation led by State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero will review the department's policies and actions of the past 10 years.

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, is surrounded by family members as he speaks at a protest rally against his brother's death, in Houston, Texas.

Derek Chauvin, the white officer who held Floyd's neck to the ground with his knee, now faces third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said prosecutors are working as fast as they can to determine if the three other officers at the scene should be charged too.

The police cracked down as the curfew went into effect, and many arrests were expected as they tried to disperse the crowds.

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