Minneapolis police back reforms, condemn Floyd killing

  • A group of Minneapolis police officers has condemned the officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death and say they are ready to back the police chief’s promised overhaul of the department.

  • The police killing of  Floyd has triggered anti-racism protests around the world. A number of monuments with links to colonialism and slavery have been defaced or pulled down in Europe and the United States as demands for racial justice continue.

  • One of the four former Minneapolis police officers who was charged over the death of Floyd was released on $750,000 bail.

  • Floyd died on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has sparked nationwide calls for policing reforms.

    Friday, June 12

    07:45 GMT – Athletes to be allowed knee protest at Commonwealth Games

    Athletes competing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England will be allowed to take a knee in support of worldwide anti-racism movements, competition organisers said.

    Commonwealth Games organisers said they would respect people’s rights to voice their opinions.

    “The movement is challenging all institutions to really look introspectively at what we can do to be more fair, more free, have better equality. Sport is no different,” Commonwealth Games chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters.

    “We are comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation and we need to embrace it.”

  • 07:30 GMT – Police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force: experts

    With calls for police reforms across the US, instructors and researchers say officers lack sufficient training on how and when to use force, leaving them unprepared to handle tense situations.

    Better training can’t fix all the issues facing the nation’s police departments, but experts believe it would have a big impact.

    “The skills are not taught well enough to be retained and now the officer is scrambling to find something that works,” said William Lewinski, executive director at Minnesota-based Force Science Institute, which provides research, training and consulting to law enforcement agencies.

    Its two-year study of three large US police academies says skills like using a baton or taking down an aggressive offender deteriorate dramatically within two weeks.

    07:00 GMT – EPL player names to be replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’

    English Premier League players will pay tribute to worldwide anti-racism movements by wearing shirts with the words “Black Lives Matter” on the back during the opening round of fixtures at the season’s restart next week, British media reported

    The words will replace player surnames on the back of the shirt and BLM logos will also embroidered on the player’s kits, the Guardian newspaper said.

    The Premier League will resume on June 17 after a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    06:45 GMT – Why are so many Black Americans being killed by police?

    The police killing of George Floyd triggered unprecedented anti-racism protests across the US and around the world.

    #AJStartHere talks to the people on the front line of race issues and asks what does it mean to be Black in America?

    06:30 GMT – Seattle mayor to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’

    The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, has told Donald Trump to “go back to your bunker”, escalating a spat after the president threatened to intervene over a police-free autonomous zone protesters have set up in the western US city.

    Trump had threatened to intervene in the neighborhood in Seattle dubbed “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or CHAZ, which was agreed upon by demonstrators and the city’s police department.

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