George Floyd: US protests over police brutality intensify

  • Another round of protests is gripping major cities across the United States against police brutality and violence, especially against unarmed Black people.
  • Several states have called in National Guard troops to help quell the protests, some of which have turned violent. Cities nationwide have also implemented curfews, but protesters appear undeterred.
  • Protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have pledged to continue until all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, are charged. Floyd died on Monday after a white officer knelt on his neck. Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The other officers have not been charged.
  • Trump orders Pentagon to put military police on alert, saying they may be deployed to Minnesota.

    Sunday, May 31

    07:58 – Trump ‘didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak’: George Floyd’s brother

    The brother of George Floyd said he was not given “the opportunity to even speak” when President Donald Trump called the Floyd family on Friday.

    “It was so fast. He didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak. It was hard,” Philonise Floyd told MSNBC.

    “I was trying to talk to him but he just kept like pushing me off like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about,'” he said.

    “And I just told him I want justice, I said I can’t believe they committed a modern day lynching in broad day light. I can’t stand it,” Philonise Floyd added. “I just want to understand, why do we have to go through this?”

    07:25 GMT – Protests raise concerns over new waves of coronavirus

    Protesters in Atlanta said they had to take to the streets to protest against police brutality despite the dangers associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

    “It’s not OK that in the middle of a pandemic we have to be out here risking our lives,” Spence Ingram, a Black woman marching in Atlanta, told The Associated Press news agency.

    It came as health experts and officials raised concerns over the virus’s spread during the protests that keep gripping major cities across the US.

    “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said, adding that “there is still a pandemic in America that’s killing Black and Brown people at higher numbers.”

    06:57 GMT – Journalists hit by police in Minneapolis

    Two members of a Reuters TV crew were shot with rubber bullets in Minneapolis shortly after a curfew as they were covering the protest.

    “My security advisor and I were post with rubber bullets tonight. He had PRESS labeled clearly and visibly on his bulletproof vest,” one of the two reporters Julio-Cesar Chavez said in a tweet as he posted a photo of a previous moment when a police officer was aiming directly at him.

    Chavez explained in a second tweet that he was shot in the arm and the back of his neck with rubber bullets, while his security adviser was shot in the face, but saved by the gas mask he was wearing.

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