The latest news on the protests against the death of George Floyd Tuesday. (This file will be updated throughout the day).
“Cops” is gone. The Paramount Network confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed the reality show from its schedule when protests across the United States called for police reform. At the end of last month, the network temporarily removed the show from its schedule.
“‘ Cops ’is not on Paramount Network, and we have no current or future plans to return,” a network spokesperson said.
Paramount Network’s predecessor Spike TV picked up “Cops” in 2013 after the show was canceled by Fox, its home network for 25 years. The show’s 33rd season was scheduled to air on Paramount on June 15.
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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles police officer charged with assault for punching an unarmed trespass suspect more than a dozen times during a videotaped passerby, officials said on Tuesday. prosecutors.
Constable Frank Hernandez was charged with assault under authority.
A video of a passerby and cameras worn by officers shows Hernandez hitting the man on April 27 while he was holding his hands behind his back, as if he were going to be handcuffed.
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PEARLAND, Texas – The body of George Floyd is on the final leg of a journey across the United States, allowing those in mourning to honor and share his legacy.
A horse-drawn carriage transported her body to a cemetery in the Houston suburb of Pearland on Tuesday. Two white horses pulled him and the gold-colored coffin was visible inside the car.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was among the people leading the procession, walking him to the cemetery. Cars and buses followed. Many vehicles honked their horns when entering.
Hundreds of people had been gathered near the cemetery for hours awaiting arrival. A brass band played while the coffin was taken to a mausoleum where Floyd will be buried in a private family service.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Officials in two north Texas counties voted to remove Confederate monuments from courthouses.
County commissioners of Tarrant and Denton voted Tuesday to remove the monuments, which were erected in the last century by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Tarrant’s commissioners voted 4-0 with one abstention for the withdrawal. Commissioner Roy Brooks proposed removal, saying it “looks like it is not a memorial at all, but was erected in 1953 to remind black citizens of this county and state that the rules Jim Crow were still in effect. ” effect. “
Commissioners from both counties said their actions were taken to promote racial harmony amid protests over the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer.
PORTLAND, Oregon. – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday he will make changes to police services, including ending the use of patrol officers on public transit and redirecting $ 7 million from the budget. police to other areas.
Wheeler said at a press conference that he also plans to dissolve the armed violence reduction unit, ban blockades and reform the use of consent searches in traffic stops. He said bold action was needed following nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd in remembrance day custody in Minneapolis.
Wheeler said the officers will be removed from public transportation by the end of the year and that a more reliable police accountability committee will be created. The current independent police review committee reports to the city’s auditor’s office.
Brussels, Belgium – A 150-year-old statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, whose forces captured the Congo in the late 19th century and led an exploitation regime that killed millions of people, was removed on Tuesday from a public square in Antwerp, to protest racism continued around the world.
It was a striking moment for a country that sometimes struggled to cope with one of the most sordid eras in the history of European colonialism. For decades, many Belgians have learned that the country has brought “civilization” to the African region, and some have defended Leopold as a fundamental figure. Streets and parks bear his name, and statues of the king can be found throughout the country.
However, there has been increasing pressure in recent years, particularly from young Belgians, to deal with the country’s heritage in Central Africa – a movement supported by global protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police. .
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HOUSTON – George Floyd’s funeral is over and his coffin is on its way to a Texas cemetery to be buried there.
After emotional tributes from Floyd’s family, a song by Ne-Yo, a recorded message from Joe Biden and a funeral eulogy from Reverend Al Sharpton, Floyd’s golden coffin was carried on the pall bearers of Fountain of Praise Church in Houston.
Many members of the family section of the church reached out toward the coffin upon departure, when the hymn “I will wear a crown” resounded in the church.
PEARLAND, Texas—People are allowed to go to the Houston suburban mausoleum, where George Floyd’s body is said to be buried.
Some people took photos on Tuesday as they looked more closely at the Pearland, Texas cemetery site. Floyd’s funeral was in a Houston church, where he lived most of his life. A private cemetery service was to be held for Floyd’s family after the arrival of his coffin. Inside the mausoleum, a small podium was installed with 24 chairs in three rows. Outside the rear mausoleum, 42 more chairs were set up in a tent.
HOUSTON—Pastor Steve Wells told those mourning at the funeral of George Floyd that they had “raised the conscience of a nation”.
Wells thanked the audience at the predominantly black Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on Tuesday for inviting him, a white speaker, to address them.
He laughed and shouted when he said that maybe we should be forgiven for leaving white people out of the program and said, “You’ve been silent for long enough, why don’t you shut up one more day ? “
Wells raised a standing ovation when he said that predominantly white churches like his should act now, that their conscience had been stirred, to end the racism that he believed had killed Floyd.
Another pastor, Ralph Douglas West Sr., compared Floyd to Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, claiming that all three were born in the dark but changed the world.
ROME-Dozens of young Catholics gathered at dusk on a small Tiber island in Rome to pray for peaceful coexistence in the United States.
Then, shaking lit candles, the participants knelt on one knee in the small cobbled square outside the Basilica of St. Bartholomew for several minutes of silence Tuesday evening as George Floyd’s funeral was held in Houston.
The brief commemoration, called to highlight the need to fight against all forms of racism, social discrimination and violence, was organized by Young People for Peace. The youth movement has ties to a Catholic organization based in Rome which maintains close relations with the Vatican.
HOUSTON—George Floyd lovingly remembered Tuesday as Big Floyd – a “gentle giant”, a father and brother, an athlete and a mentor, and now a force for change – at the funeral of the black man whose death was triggered a global judgment on police brutality and racial prejudice.
Hundreds of mourners wearing coronavirus masks packed a Houston church just over two weeks after Floyd was pinned to the sidewalk by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled around his neck what prosecutors said 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
A cellphone video of the encounter, including Floyd’s calls to “I can’t breathe,” sparked protests and dispersed violence in the United States and around the world, transforming Floyd, 46, a man who in life was little known beyond the public housing project where it was raised in the third district of Houston – a global symbol of injustice.
“Third Ward, Cuney Homes, was where he was born,” Floyd’s brother Rodney told the mourners. “But everyone will remember him around the world. It will change the world. ”
Reverend William Lawson, who once walked with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., said of Floyd: “A movement was born, a worldwide movement. But this movement is not going to stop after two weeks, three weeks, a month. This movement will change the world. “
After the funeral, Floyd’s body was to be taken in a horse-drawn carriage to a cemetery on the outskirts of Pearland, where it was to be placed next to his mother.
“George Floyd was not consumable. This is why we are here, “said Democratic Representative Al Green of Houston to the crowd at Fountain of Praise Church. “His crime was that he was born black. It was his only crime. George Floyd deserved the dignity and respect that we give to everyone simply because they are the children of a common God. “
“No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations: why? Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said in a video praise broadcast on the service. “The time has come for racial justice. This is the answer we have to give our children when they ask why. “
HOUSTON—Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo said the death of George Floyd was a sacrifice that “changed the world” before it happened during his memorial service.
Ne-Yo shed tears on Tuesday singing a rendition of G.C. “It’s so hard to say goodbye to Cameron yesterday.” The singer stopped a few times to pull himself together during his performance.
“Fifty states are protesting at the same time,” he said. “This man changed the world. He changed the world for the better. I want to personally thank George Floyd for his sacrifice, so that my children can go much later. I appreciate the sacrifice. I really do. ”
HOUSTON—George Floyd’s family paid tearful tributes to him and made passionate demands for justice during his funeral.
The group of family and close friends gathered around the podium at Fountain of Praise Church in Houston and spoke one by one to talk about their lost loved one.
Aunt Kathleen McGee laughed when she remembered that the child the family knew was Perry Jr., calling him “a pesky little rascal, but we loved him.”
Sister LaTonya Floyd was almost too overwhelmed to speak, wiping her tears and lowering her mask to say “I will miss my brother very much and I love you. And thank God for giving me my own personal Superman. “
Brooke Williams, Floyd’s niece, called for a change in what she called “a corrupt and broken system.”
Two brothers and a close friend also spoke of crying Floyd, whose death last month after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee to his neck for more than eight minutes prompted worldwide protests.
Three Democratic lawmakers are calling on federal watchdogs to investigate whether US park police broke laws by bringing protesters from the square to the White House last week.
The request was made in a letter published Tuesday to the interior inspector general, Mark Lee Greenblatt. Officials were in the early stages of examining the request, said IG spokeswoman Nancy DiPaolo.
Park police and other security forces pressured chemical agents and clubbed and baton protesters and journalists in the Lafayette Square clearance near the White House on June 1, as Protests were mounting across the country after the murder of George Floyd in police custody. Trump administration officials denied that the federal forces were making room for President Donald Trump to stage photos nearby.
The request for an inquiry was made by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, and Vice Chair of the committee, Representative Debra Haaland of New -Mexico.
“The rights of the First Amendment to freedom of expression, to peaceful assembly and to freedom of the press are the building blocks of all other rights,” said the three lawmakers. “Any action by the park police to muzzle these rights is an affront to all Americans and should be dealt with quickly.”
The park police are a small force reporting to the National Parks Service of the Interior that is responsible for law enforcement in Lafayette Square across from the White House, the Statue of Liberty in New York and a small number of other highly visited federal sites.
Spokesmen for the park service and the interior ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told Grijalva in a letter last week that park police were “under siege” following violent attacks in the square.
Democratic lawmakers say accounts of witnesses and journalists and photos and videos made public so far do not support allegations of this scale of violence by protesters.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A predominantly black county known as the cradle of African American emancipation is covering a Confederate memorial erected more than a century ago and is looking for ways to permanently eradicate it, a head of government said on Tuesday.
Workers used a tarp and ropes to cover the square base of an 111-year-old statue because it was recently spray painted with obscenities, said Macon County Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell , in an interview. Unable to do more because of the strong winds, the crews will seek to cover the statue itself later, he said.
Eastern Alabama County, which is over 80% black, is also researching what will be needed to remove the statue from its base and move it elsewhere, perhaps to a nearby heritage museum, a said Maxwell.
“It’s part of the county’s history, whether you like it or not, and we want to preserve it,” said Maxwell.
Confederate monuments across the country have fallen in recent years amid controversial debate over whether they are proud monuments of the heritage of the South or hated symbols of racism and past slavery. The debate has intensified again in national protests against police misconduct and racism.
Built by a heritage group from the Old South, the United Daughters of Confederation, the monument was dedicated in 1909 to the era of white supremacy legally rooted in the South. He was marked with anti-Ku Klux Klan graffiti over the weekend amid protests against the assassination by George Floyd police in Minnesota.
WASHINGTON-Republican Senator Tim Scott offers a national database of police shootings. Senator Rand Paul wants to stop sending surplus US military equipment to local law enforcement. And Senator GOP Mitt Romney is trying to put together a bipartisan set of bills in response to police violence.
Despite President Donald Trump’s “law and order” approach to protests over the death of George Floyd, Republicans in Congress are quickly, albeit discreetly, trying to legislate to change police practices and accountability after the deaths of Black Americans in the hands of the police.
GOP senators, at risk of losing control of the house in this fall’s election, distance themselves from the tone and substance of Trump’s response as they carefully approach a subject that many have long avoided while the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining support.
“I think we should all be optimistic right now,” Scott, the only black GOP senator, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We have no reason not to be. “
The burst of legislative activity in the Republican ranks – the GOP leadership named Scott to lead a task force – is a brutal turnaround after years of black death with law enforcement. It comes as Trump attacks militants who want to “defeat the police” and Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, have unveiled the most radical police overhaul in years, with the passage of House expected .
Lawmakers watch protests erupt across the country, from the largest cities to the smallest cities, and recognize the arrival of a mass movement for law enforcement changes as politically impossible to ignore.
HOUSTON—Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee said that the death of George Floyd has sparked a plethora of protests around the world involving people of different races.
Lee said at Floyd’s memorial service on Tuesday that his death had helped highlight police brutality against unarmed black men and women.
“I want to thank these young street walkers,” she said. “Many of them could not be there. They are black and brown, they are Asian. They are white. They protest and march. And I say as a mom, “I hear your cry. That’s what George Floyd wanted us to know. ”
Lee said she couldn’t get Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” out of her head. But the member said that her death had a purpose.
“Its mission has turned into a goal,” she said. “And this goal has been heard around the world. There are people who stand up and never sit down until you get justice. “
PEARLAND, Texas—Hundreds of people have lined up in the Texas heat along a road in the outskirts of Houston that leads to the cemetery where George Floyd will be buried.
Many arrived hours in advance to Pearland, Texas, to secure a place on Tuesday as they waited for the procession after Floyd’s funeral was finished in a Houston church.
There was no shade along the parade route to Pearland and a heat advisory was issued for the area with temperatures in the 1990s.
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Marcus Brooks and a group of friends and graduates from Jack Yates High School, where Floyd graduated, pitched a tent on the grass. Brooks, 47, said he had the specially created crimson and gold tent in the colors of Yates High School, where Floyd played closely. Past and present members of the football team signed the tent.
“We are here for a purpose,” said Brooks. “This goal is because first he is our brother. Second, we want to see change. I don’t want to see any black man, no man, but certainly not a black man sitting on the ground in the hands of the wrong police. ”
SEATTLE—A Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department on Tuesday to end the violent tactics it has used to break up largely peaceful protests in recent days.
Black Lives Matter, Seattle-King County, has filed an emergency complaint with the United States District Court.
“These daily demonstrations are fueled by people from all over the city who demand that the police stop using excessive force against blacks, and they demand that Seattle dismantle its racist systems of oppression”, Livio De La Cruz, member of the Black Lives Matter Seattle -King County’s board of directors said in a written statement. “It is unacceptable for the Seattle Police Department to react to these protests with more excessive force, including the use of tear gas and flashbang grenades.”
Police used tear gas, pepper spray and other less deadly weapons against crowds who protested racism and police brutality after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan and police chief Carmen Best apologized to peaceful protesters who were subjected to chemical weapons, but even after promising a 30-day ban on using CS gas , a type of tear gas, last Friday, officers used it again two nights later, saying that unruly demonstrators were encroaching on their position.
Under pressure from city councilors, protesters and dozens of other elected officials who demanded that officers recall their tactics, the police department removed barricades near his east compound building on Monday in the Capitol neighborhood. Hill, where protesters and riot brigades clashed every night. Protesters were allowed to walk and demonstrate outside the building, and the night remained peaceful.
The trial alleged that the use of less lethal chemicals and projectiles had violated the Fourth Amendment protections against excessive force as well as the First Amendment freedom of speech protections. He also said that the use of tear gas and pepper spray was particularly reckless during a respiratory pandemic and could increase the risks associated with COVID-19.
“On an almost nightly basis, the SPD used indiscriminate force against demonstrators, legal observers, journalists and medical personnel.” the trial declares.
HOUSTON—Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that he will sign an executive order banning chokeholds in the city.
Turner’s announcement came Tuesday at the funeral of George Floyd at a church in Houston, the city where he has lived most of his life.
“In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot,” said Turner. “In this city, you have a duty to intervene. “
Harris County Sheriff, who includes Houston, said earlier today that his office would immediately implement a new “reporting duty” policy for MPs and increase audits of pistol and body camera use . Sheriff Ed Gonzales announced the guidelines in a series of tweets.
Gonzalez said his office is already banning the use of choke
HOUSTON—Joe Biden called for racial justice in a message to those mourning at the funeral of George Floyd.
The former vice-president and presumed democratic presidential candidate spoke via video at Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday, one day after meeting privately with Floyd’s family.
Biden said in his recorded remarks that “when we get justice for George Floyd, we will really be on the road to racial justice in America,” adding a message to Floyd’s daughter saying, “So, Gianna, your dad will have changed the world. ”
Over 500 mourners gathered for service at Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, where Floyd was raised.
PARIS-Thousands of people gathered on Place de la République in Paris on Tuesday to pay tribute to George Floyd and show solidarity with the American protesters.
Protesters observed 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in tribute to Floyd, whose funeral was on Tuesday in Houston. Most of them knelt in honor of the black man.
French singer Camelia Jordana and others sang a poignant a cappella version of the classic anthem of civil rights “We Shall Overcome”.
Protesters exposed brutality and racism in the police, waving a variety of banners and signs, including “Black Lives Matter” “I Can’t Breathe” and “Racism Kills”.
French authorities have authorized the event to take place despite the ban on public gatherings in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
Similar rallies were held Tuesday in other French cities.
ATLANTA—Two Atlanta police officers who were fired after the video showed them using stun guns on two students who got out of a car during a large demonstration against police brutality are looking for their jobs.
Former investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter sued Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and police chief Erika Shields on Monday.
The trial alleges that the police were dismissed in violation of the city code, without investigation, without notice or pre-disciplinary hearing.
Bottoms and Shields said it had examined the body camera images of the May 30 incident and decided to fire the officers immediately and place three more on the desk. Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard laid criminal charges on June 2 against Gardner, Streeter and four other officers involved in the incident.
Gardner and Streeter charged with aggravated assault – Gardner for using a Taser against Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, and Streeter, for using a Taser against Messiah Young, 22 – according to warrants.
Pilgrim and Young, who are dating, are students at various historically black colleges near downtown Atlanta. Pilgrim was released the night of the incident without charge. Young was arrested and charged with having escaped from police, but the mayor said she had ordered the charges dropped.
Shields has since questioned the timing and relevance of the charges against the police.
In their trial, the dismissed officers asked for reinstatement in their employment, as well as back wages and benefits. Le procès indique que les officiers n’ont pas bénéficié d’une procédure régulière et que les autres officiers qui «se sont livrés à une conduite essentiellement similaire» n’ont pas été licenciés.
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HOUSTON—Alors qu’ils se réunissaient pour mettre George Floyd au repos mardi matin, sa famille élargie de tout le pays a déclaré espérer que le mouvement qui avait commencé à la suite de sa mort se poursuivrait.
Le révérend Al Sharpton devrait livrer l’éloge funèbre de Floyd, 46 ans. À l’intérieur du sanctuaire de l’église du côté sud-ouest de Houston où la chorale se préparait pour le service, des sièges étaient déjà réservés aux célébrités, y compris les politiciens, les chanteurs, les pro joueurs de football et stars d’Hollywood. D’énormes coeurs de fleurs et de roses bordaient les couloirs.
« Il s’agit du plus grand mouvement de défense des droits civiques de notre temps », a déclaré l’oncle de Floyd, Selwyn Jones, alors qu’il se préparait pour le dernier des trois services tenus ces derniers jours pour honorer la vie de son neveu. « Nous devons trouver un moyen de prendre position. “
Les frères Floyd, Rodney et Philonise «P.J.» Floyd est apparu du jour au lendemain avec l’avocat de la famille, Benjamin Crump, lors d’une veillée aux chandelles sur les terrains de football du lycée Yates, où Floyd a joué une fois.
« Nous exigeons maintenant une justice égale pour George Floyd! » Crump a crié sous les applaudissements et les acclamations de la foule de plusieurs centaines de personnes, appelant la vidéo de près de neuf minutes de Floyd retenu « un documentaire où il a raconté sa mort ».
« Nous allons empêcher tout le monde d’avoir peur de la police », a déclaré P.J. Floyd alors que les officiers de police de Houston, y compris le chef Art Acevedo, se pressaient avec la foule, se serrant la main.
« Quel est son prénom? » Floyd a crié, et la foule a hurlé: « George Floyd! “
« Nous nous réunissons dans le monde entier » pour lutter contre la brutalité policière, a déclaré Rodney Floyd au rassemblement. « Nous sommes fatigués d’être traités comme un tiers d’un être humain. “
Depuis la mort de son neveu le mois dernier aux mains de la police de Minneapolis, Jones, 54 ans, a participé à des manifestations près de son domicile dans le Dakota du Sud. Ce mois-ci, il a voyagé pour assister à chacun des services de son neveu: d’abord à Minneapolis, puis près du lieu de naissance de Floyd à Raeford, en Caroline du Nord, et maintenant à Houston, où il a été élevé.
Jones et d’autres proches ont déclaré qu’ils prévoyaient de continuer à travailler après les funérailles non seulement pour poursuivre les quatre policiers accusés du décès de Floyd le 25 mai, mais aussi pour lutter contre la brutalité et le racisme de la police à l’échelle nationale.
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ATLANTA—Le secrétaire américain à la Défense, Mark Esper, et le secrétaire à l’Armée, Ryan McCarthy, sont « ouverts » à discuter du changement de nom de 10 installations militaires qui honorent des personnalités confédérées, dont les Forts Benning et Gordon en Géorgie, a annoncé mardi l’armée américaine.
L’armée n’a pas dit ce qui a motivé sa position, ce qui a été signalé pour la première fois par Politico. Mais cette décision fait suite à des jours de protestations qui ont secoué la nation depuis la mort violente d’hommes noirs non armés à Minneapolis et dans le sud-est de la Géorgie, George Floyd et Ahmaud Arbery, ainsi que Breonna Taylor, une femme noire à Louisville, Kentucky, tuée à son domicile par des agents exécutant un mandat d’interdiction de frappe.
La déclaration de l’armée est également intervenue quelques jours seulement après que le Corps des Marines des États-Unis a annoncé l’interdiction de l’affichage public de drapeaux de bataille confédérés dans les installations maritimes, une ordonnance qui s’applique également aux tasses, affiches et autocollants pour pare-chocs.
En plus des Forts Benning et Gordon, huit autres bases portent le nom d’officiers confédérés: Fort Bragg en Caroline du Nord; Forts Pickett, A.P. Hill et Lee en Virginie; Fort Polk et Camp Beauregard en Louisiane; Fort Hood au Texas; et Fort Rucker en Alabama.
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LES NATIONS UNIES-Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies appelle à une lutte mondiale contre le racisme et la discrimination à la suite de «l’acte meurtrier de brutalité policière» contre George Floyd qui a provoqué de nombreuses manifestations aux États-Unis et dans les villes du monde entier.
António Guterres a déclaré dans une lettre adressée au personnel que «la position des Nations Unies sur le racisme est limpide: ce fléau viole la Charte des Nations Unies et avilit nos valeurs fondamentales».
Guterres a déclaré que «la primauté de la raison, de la tolérance, du respect mutuel» dans le monde est désormais remise en question «de façon spectaculaire» par le nationalisme, l’irrationalité, le populisme, la xénophobie, le racisme, le suprémacisme blanc et différentes formes de néonazisme. Il a déclaré qu’un problème central n’est pas seulement la brutalité policière, mais «la difficulté de nombreuses autorités à faire face à la diversité», à commencer par le soi-disant profilage.
Le secrétaire général a appelé à ce que toutes les forces de police soient pleinement formées aux droits de l’homme, ajoutant que «la violence policière est souvent l’expression de la frustration des policiers eux-mêmes, ainsi que du manque de soutien psychosocial adéquat à leur égard».
MIAMI—Le procureur en chef du comté de Miami-Dade a déclaré que des accusations de violation du couvre-feu ne seraient pas engagées contre la plupart des personnes impliquées dans les récentes manifestations contre les violences policières contre les Afro-Américains.
La procureure de l’État, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, a déclaré mardi dans un communiqué qu’elle considérait peu utile de poursuivre les violations du couvre-feu. L’accusation est un délit qui n’implique généralement aucune peine d’emprisonnement. Il y a eu des dizaines d’arrestations de ce type lors de manifestations qui ont commencé après la mort de George Floyd, un homme noir, en garde à vue à Minneapolis.
La plupart des manifestations dans la région de Miami ont été pacifiques, mais il y a eu plus de 100 arrestations pour violation du couvre-feu.
NAIROBI, Kenya—Des dizaines de manifestants se sont rassemblés devant l’ambassade des États-Unis dans la capitale du Kenya pour protester contre le meurtre de George Floyd et la violence policière aux États-Unis et au Kenya.
D’autres personnes à l’extérieur du Parlement ont présenté de faux cercueils pour symboliser les Kenyans tués par la police.
L’Autorité indépendante de surveillance de la police du Kenya a déclaré ce mois-ci que 15 décès étaient directement liés aux actions de la police pendant l’application du couvre-feu COVID-19 et elle enquête sur six autres.
Hadija Hussein dit que son fils de 13 ans a été abattu alors qu’il se tenait sur le balcon de la famille en mars alors que la police imposait le couvre-feu. La police a d’abord dit qu’il avait été touché par une balle perdue.
Hussein dit que la mort de son fils était très similaire à celle de Floyd.
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Le maire de Londres a annoncé mardi que davantage de statues de figures impérialistes pourraient être retirées des rues de Grande-Bretagne après que des manifestants eurent abattu le monument à un marchand d’esclaves, alors que le meurtre de George Floyd à Minneapolis continuait de déclencher des protestations – et de provoquer des changements – dans le monde entier.
Le jour où Floyd a été enterré dans sa ville natale de Houston, au Texas, le maire de Londres, Sadiq Khan, a déclaré qu’il mettait en place une commission pour veiller à ce que les monuments de la capitale britannique reflètent sa diversité. Il examinera les statues, les peintures murales, les arts de la rue, les noms de rues et autres monuments commémoratifs et examinera les legs à célébrer, a déclaré le bureau du maire.
«C’est une vérité inconfortable que notre nation et notre ville doivent une grande partie de leurs richesses à leur rôle dans la traite des esclaves et bien que cela se reflète dans notre domaine public, la contribution de beaucoup de nos communautés à la vie dans notre capitale a été délibérément ignoré », a déclaré Khan.
Les manifestations internationales contre l’injustice raciale et la violence policière que la mort de Floyd a provoquées le 25 mai ne montrent aucun signe de ralentissement. A white police officer who pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes has been charged with murder.
In Britain, where more than 200 demonstrations have been held so far, people gathered in London’s Parliament Square for a vigil timed to coincide with Floyd’s funeral.
Elsewhere in England, demonstrators gathered to demand the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a Victorian imperialist in southern Africa who made a fortune from mines and endowed Oxford University’s Rhodes scholarships.
Several hundred supporters of the Rhodes Must Fall group chanted “Take it down” before holding a silent sit-down vigil in the street to memorialize Floyd.
NEW YORK—A New York City police officer caught on video violently shoving a woman to the ground during a Brooklyn protest over George Floyd’s death was charged Tuesday with assault.
Officer Vincent D’Andraia, 28, was released on his own recognizance after a video arraignment and ordered to stay away from protester Dounya Zayer, who was hospitalized after hitting her head on the pavement in the May 29 altercation. She said she suffered a concussion and a seizure.
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D’Andraia is also charged with criminal mischief, harassment and menacing. His lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf. D’Andraia did not say anything as he appeared on video from behind bars in a suit and protective face mask because of the coronavirus pandemic. He is due back in court in October.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement announcing the charges that he “cannot tolerate the use of excessive force” against anyone exercising their constitutional right to protest, adding he was “deeply troubled by this unnecessary assault.”
Police suspended D’Andraia last week without pay. The officer, who had been assigned to Brooklyn’s 73rd Precinct, was also stripped of his weapons at that time, his lawyer, Stephen Worth said.
D’Andraia is the first New York City police officer to face criminal charges stemming from alleged misconduct exhibited during the days of unrest that have roiled the city in the wake of Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and police brutality against people of colour.
HOUSTON—Hundreds of mourners packed a Houston church Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd.
“So much for social distancing today,” the Rev. Remus Wright told mourners, gently but firmly instructing those attending to don face masks because of the coronavirus.
Beaucoup de gens se sont éventés avec des fans de papier portant une image de Floyd.
Dozens of Floyd’s family members, most dressed in white, were led into the sanctuary by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist. Ils ont été rejoints par le rappeur Trae tha Truth, qui a aidé à organiser une marche la semaine dernière à Houston en présence de 60 000 personnes.
Floyd “often spoke about being world famous one day and he has managed to make that happen in his death,” the funeral program said.
The funeral came a day after about 6,000 people attended a public memorial, also in Houston, waiting for hours under a baking sun to pay their respects to Floyd, whose body lay in an open gold-coloured casket.
HOUSTON— Dozens of George Floyd’s family members, most dressed in white, were led into the Fountain of Praise church by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist for Floyd’s funeral. Ils ont été rejoints par le rappeur Trae tha Truth, qui a aidé à organiser une marche la semaine dernière à Houston en présence de 60 000 personnes.
The mourners inside the church included Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, both Democrats from the Houston area, and the city’s police chief, Art Acevedo.
Floyd, a bouncer who had lost his job because of the coronavirus outbreak, was seized by police after being accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.
Quatre officiers de Minneapolis ont été arrêtés lors de sa mort: Derek Chauvin, 44 ans, a été accusé de meurtre au deuxième degré. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane et Tou Thao ont été inculpés de complicité. Tous les quatre pourraient purger jusqu’à 40 ans de prison.
Some of the mostly peaceful demonstrations that erupted after Floyd’s death were marked by bursts of arson, assaults, vandalism and smash-and-grab raids on businesses, with more than 10,000 people arrested. Mais les manifestations de ces derniers jours ont été extrêmement pacifiques.
HOUSTON—The sheriff of Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, says his office will immediately implement increased audits on the use of tasers and body cameras.
Sheriff Ed Gonzales announced the directives in a series of tweets as Houston prepared for the funeral of George Floyd.
Gonzalez says his office already prohibits the use of chokeholds, but he’d make it clearer in policy. Gonzales says he supports law enforcement reform, but disagrees with “defunding,” which calls for some police resources to be spent on social services.
The sheriff says he’d advocate for better pay for law enforcement to attract better candidates.
« Monsieur. Floyd’s death reminds us that much work remains to be done,” Gonzalez tweeted. “We must build momentum toward a more effective, equitable and thoughtful approach to law enforcement.”
HOUSTON—At least 50 people gathered outside the Fountain of Praise church to pay their respects to George Floyd, ahead of the private funeral service that was set to begin at noon.
“There’s a real big change going on and everybody, especially Black, right now should be a part of that,” said Kersey Biagase, who travelled more than three hours from Port Barre, Louisiana, with his girlfriend, Brandi Pickney.
The couple wore matching T-shirts she designed, printed with Floyd’s name and “I Can’t Breathe,” the words he uttered before his death.
Several police officers from Texas Southern University stood guard at the sanctuary entrance, wearing face masks printed with Floyd’s dying words. L’école historiquement noire est à côté du projet de logement de Houston où Floyd a grandi.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—A Confederate statue that had been in a northeast Florida park for more than a century was removed in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday ahead of a protest demanding racial equality.
The statue of a Confederate soldier had sat atop a 62-foot (19-metre) monument memorializing Confederate soldiers in downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Park next to City Hall until it was removed before dawn without any announcement from city officials.
Mayor Lenny Curry had previously avoided taking a stance on the divisive issue of honouring the Confederacy on public property, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was leading a protest Tuesday outside of City Hall to call for racial justice following the death of George Floyd. At the start of the protest, Curry said other Confederate statues would be coming down. One such statue, “Women of the Southland,” in another Jacksonville park was splattered with red paint over the weekend.
“The confederate monument is gone, and the others in this city will be removed as well,” Curry said. “We hear your voices. We have heard your voices.”
President Donald Trump took an unlikely pot shot Tuesday at the 75-year-old Buffalo anti-racism protester who was shoved to the ground by police in a viral video that led to criminal charges against the cops.
Trump suggested the injured elderly demonstrator, Martin Gugino, could be a member of the radical antifa group and provoked the caught-on-tape confrontation.
“He fell harder than was pushed,” Trump wrote on Twitter without offering any evidence of his claims. “Could be a set-up?”
Gugino was left bloody and dazed by the confrontation last Thursday. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Two Buffalo police officers are facing assault charges for knocking him to the pavement.
Trump launched the improbable cheap shot at Gugino Tuesday after apparently watching a story about him on the far right-wing One America News Network.
Gugino belongs to a peace organization in Buffalo and there is no evidence that he has any ties to antifa, the loose-knit group that takes credit for confronting white nationalists.
He was protesting the killing of George Floyd in Niagara Square in Buffalo when a group of baton-wielding cops decided to clear the area. Two officers knocked Gugino to the ground.
Dozens of fellow Buffalo police officers say they will quit the tactical unit involved in the incident after their two colleagues were charged with assault.
HOUSTON—George Floyd’s body arrived at a Houston church Tuesday for a private funeral, to be followed by burial, capping six days of mourning for the Black man whose death inspired a global reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice.
Floyd, 46, was to be laid to rest next to his mother in the suburb of Pearland. He cried out for his mother as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck May 25.
Floyd’s death touched off international protests and scattered violence and drew new attention to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. by police and the criminal justice system. In the past two weeks, sweeping and previously unthinkable things have taken place: Confederate statues have been toppled, and many cities are debating overhauling, dismantling or cutting funding for police departments. Dans certains endroits, les autorités ont interdit à la police d’utiliser des étouffes ou repensent autrement les politiques sur le recours à la force.
Floyd’s death has also reshaped the presidential race.
To be re-elected, President Donald Trump must rebound from one of the lowest points of his presidency, with recent polls showing that 8 in 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and even spiralling out of control.
Meanwhile, former Vice-President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, met with Floyd’s family Monday, according to a photo posted on Twitter by the civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton. Biden planned to provide a video message for Floyd’s funeral.
Over the past six days, memorials for Floyd were held in Minneapolis, where he lived in recent years, and Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born.
The memorials have drawn the families of other Black victims whose names have become part of the debate over race — among them Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.
“It just hurts,” said Philonise Floyd, Floyd’s brother, sobbing as he ticked off some of their names outside the Fountain of Praise church in Houston. “We will get justice. We will get it. We will not let this door close. “
WASHINGTON—A new poll suggests Americans are more convinced than Canadians are that a second, more powerful wave of COVID-19 is on its way.
The online poll by Leger and the Association of Canadian Studies finds 44 per cent of U.S. respondents fear a stronger second wave, compared with 37 per cent of those surveyed in Canada.
The poll also finds, however, 41 per cent of participants saying they believe that wave can still be avoided, compared with 37 per cent of Canadian respondents who felt the same way.
Nearly half of those in Canada, 48 per cent, said they believe the opposite: that another spike in cases will be impossible to avoid, compared with 36 per cent of Americans.
New data from Johns Hopkins University shows a number of U.S. states are already seeing spikes in new cases, including the border states of Michigan, North Dakota and Vermont.
The poll, which was conducted May 29 to 31 among members of Leger’s online panel, does not carry a valid margin of error since online polls are not considered representative of the population at large.
INDIANAPOLIS—A driver of a minivan is co-operating with police after reportedly striking several people on Monument Circle in Indianapolis during a protest of the death of George Floyd.
Indianapolis police officer Genae Cook tells The Indianapolis Star that no one was believed to be seriously injured in the collision on Monday night. Cook says the driver was located and other people were detained for questioning in the ongoing investigation.
“There was damage done to the vehicle and the vehicle attempted to leave the area,” according to Cook.
A witness told the newspaper the minivan pulled from behind a truck that was blocked by some protesters. The truck was attempting to back up.
Bystander video shows what appears to be at least three people bouncing off the hood of the car as it drives away.
NEW YORK—A New York City police officer surrendered to face criminal charges Tuesday, over a week after he was recorded on video shoving a woman to the ground and cursing at her during a protest against police brutality, the police commissioner and law enforcement officials said.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office plans to charge the officer, Vincent D’Andraia, with misdemeanour assault, harassment and menacing over the May 29 incident, one law enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation.
Cellphone video showed him knocking the victim, Dounya Zayer, 20, to the ground and calling her a “bitch” after she asked him why he told her to get out of the street.
The expected arrest of D’Andraia, who turned himself in at the 84th Precinct station house, on assault charges is highly unusual and seemed to reflect the growing political pressure on the police and prosecutors to hold officers accountable for misconduct. Mass protests against police brutality swept the nation after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes in Minneapolis.
D’Andraia, who has been suspended without pay, is the first city police officer in New York to face arrest over his conduct during the large protests that have sprung up every day since Floyd died May 25.
MILWAUKEE —A state representative is calling for the disbarment of a lawyer who spat on a high school student during an anti-racism rally and march in a Milwaukee suburb.
State Rep. David Bowen attended the protest Saturday and wants lawyer Stephanie Rapkin disbarred, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Rapkin, who is white, arrived at the protest in Shorewood and parked her car in the street, blocking the march.
When protesters approached to urge her to move her car, video shows Rapkin spitting on a Black teen, Eric Lucas, a junior at Shorewood High School. The 17-year-old helped organize and lead the march.
«Je continue d’être bouleversé mentalement et physiquement. To be assaulted by an adult in my own community during a pandemic was traumatic,” Lucas told the newspaper. “Again and again, I am viewed not as a child but as a colour.”
MINNEAPOLIS—Law enforcement agencies have acknowledged police officers punctured the tires of numerous unoccupied vehicles parked during the height of recent unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon says troopers deflated tires to stop vehicles from “driving dangerously and at high speeds in and around protesters and law enforcement.”
Troopers also targeted vehicles “that contained items used to cause harm during violent protests” such as rocks, concrete and sticks, Gordon said Monday, according to the Star Tribune.
Deputies from Anoka County also deflated tires on vehicles during the protests connected to Floyd’s death, according to Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Knotz. Deputies were following orders from the state-led Multiagency Command Center, which was co-ordinating law enforcement during the protests, Knotz said.
Les quatre pneus de la voiture du journaliste de Star Tribune ont été tailladés dans un parking de Kmart alors qu’il était à pied pour couvrir les manifestations et les troubles, a rapporté le journal.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Charlotte City Council voted 9-2 to stop funding chemical agents for police use after officers boxed in and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd.
After a demonstrator documented the use of gas last Tuesday in a widely shared video, the mayor condemned it and the police chief called it “disturbing.”
The city’s police department has spent $103,000 on chemical agents in 2020, City Budget Director Ryan Bergman said. Taking them away is “one step toward defunding the entire police department,” Tin Nguyen, an organizer and attorney, told the Charlotte Observer.
Council member Ed Driggs, who voted against the ban, called it a “gratuitous dig at police.”
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday its deputies would stop using tear gas in protests, citing tensions with the community. A local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police slammed the city council’s decision as “dangerous” following the vote.
TOKYO—Japanese public broadcaster NHK apologized Tuesday for an animated video it produced trying to explain the ongoing protests in the U.S. that instead sparked outrage that its depiction of Black Americans was offensive.
The animated clip featured a Black man with large muscles wearing a white tank top and raising his fist on a street with fires burning and other Black men and women standing nearby. The man cited the wealth disparity between white and Black Americans and the impact from the coronavirus as reasons for the protests.
The clip, which lasted less than 90 seconds and first aired on a Sunday evening news talk show, did not mention police brutality or George Floyd. Social media users condemned NHK on Tuesday for lacking understanding of the issues and spreading racial stereotypes.
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LONDON—More statues of imperialist figures could be removed from Britain’s streets, following the unauthorized felling of a monument to slave trader Edward Colston in the city of Bristol, the mayor of London said Tuesday.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was setting up a commission to ensure the city’s monuments reflected its diversity. The Public Sector Diversity Commission will review statues, murals, street art, street names and other memorials and review legacies to be celebrated, said the mayor’s office.
“It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been wilfully ignored,” Khan said.
Debate over who should be publicly commemorated has been reignited in Britain by the felling of a monument to Colston, a 17th-century slave trader and philanthropist. His bronze statue was pulled from its perch in Bristol, southwest England, during a Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday and dumped in the city’s harbour.
Many Bristolians welcomed the statue’s removal, but the British government called it an act of vandalism and urged police to prosecute the perpetrators.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that it was “a cold reality” that people of colour in Britain experienced discrimination, and promised his government was committed to “eradicating prejudice and creating opportunity.”
But he said those who attacked police or desecrated public monuments should face “the full force of the law.”
HOUSTON—George Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother Tuesday.
His funeral will be private. Some 6,000 people attended a public memorial service Monday in Houston, where he grew up.
Sous un soleil de plomb du Texas, des personnes en deuil portant des T-shirts avec l’image de Floyd ou les mots «Je ne peux pas respirer» – l’une des autres choses qu’il a crié à plusieurs reprises alors qu’il était coincé par le policier – ont attendu pendant des heures pour leur rendre hommage. Floyd’s body, dressed in a brown suit, rested in an open gold coffin.
Shortly after the memorial was finished, Floyd’s coffin was placed in a hearse and escorted by police to a funeral home.
As the hearse walked away, Daniel Osarobo, 39, a Houston resident who immigrated from Nigeria, could be heard saying, “Stay in power. Repose en paix. “
«J’ai été arrêté par la police. I understand the situation. I can only imagine,” said Osarobo, who works as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. “What if it was me? What if he was my brother? What if it was my sister? What if he was my son?
Calls for “defunding the police” have cropped up in many communities, and people around the world have taken to the streets in solidarity, saying that reforms and dialogue must not stop with Floyd’s funeral.
The memorials have drawn the families of Black victims in other high-profile killings whose names have become seared into America’s conversations on race — among them Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.
“It just hurts,” said George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd, sobbing as he ticked off some of their names in front of the Praise Fountain Church. “We will get justice. We will get it. We will not let this door close. “
For 14 nights, hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Cities have imposed curfews, some of the protests having been spoiled by arson, assaults and break-ins against businesses. More than 10,000 people have been arrested across the country, according to information followed by the Associated Press.
But the protests in recent days have been extremely peaceful – and over the weekend, several police departments appeared to withdraw from the aggressive tactics. Des milliers de manifestants de Los Angeles arrêtés pour avoir violé le couvre-feu et d’autres ordres de la police ne seront pas inculpés d’un crime, ont annoncé lundi les procureurs.
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ATLANTA—In the two weeks since George Floyd was killed, police departments have banned chokeholds, Confederate monuments have fallen and officers have been arrested and charged amid large global protests against violence by police and racism.
The moves are far short of the overhaul of police, prosecutors’ offices, courts and other institutions that protesters seek. But some advocates and demonstrators say they are encouraged by the swiftness of the response to Floyd’s death — incremental as it may be.
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ATLANTA—Two police officers who were fired after video showed them using stun guns on a couple of college students during a large protest in Atlanta are looking to get their jobs back.
Former Investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter filed a court order through their attorney Monday against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields.
The lawsuit alleges that the officers were fired in violation of the city’s code; without investigation, proper notice or a pre-disciplinary hearing.
Bottoms said that she and Shields reviewed body camera footage from the May 30 traffic stop and decided to immediately fire the officers and place three others on desk duty.
Gardner and Streeter have been charged with aggravated assault — Gardner for using a Taser against 20-year-old Taniyah Pilgrim and Streeter for using a Taser against 22-year-old Messiah Young — according to a warrant. Shields has since questioned the timing and appropriateness of the charges.
The fired officers want their jobs to be reinstated, as well as back pay and benefits, according to Monday’s court order. It states they were denied due process, and that the other officers who “engaged in substantially similar conduct,” were not dismissed.
Neither Bottoms nor the police department responded to a request for comment late Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
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LOS ANGELES—Thousands of Los Angeles protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said Monday as hundreds took to the city streets carrying caskets to signify the death of George Floyd and others killed by police.
City Attorney Mike Feuer said his office will develop a court alternative that carries no punishment for those cited for violating curfew or failing to obey orders to leave demonstrations over the death of Floyd, a Black man who died two weeks ago after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes.
The city had the largest number of the 10,000 protest arrests in the U.S. tracked by The Associated Press. Demonstrations over police brutality and racial injustice have gripped the nation for nearly two weeks
In the Los Angeles area, police and sheriff’s deputies arrested more than 3,000 people over days of mostly peaceful protests. About 2,500 of those were in the city for violating curfew or dispersal orders, according to figures the Los Angeles Police Department provided June 2.
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Multiple Star reporters and editors have contributed to this article, including Sabrina Melchiori, Tania Pereira, Justin Smirlies and more. With files from the Associated Press, the New York Times, Bloomberg and McClatchy wire services.