US police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force

  • 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

    12:30 GMT – London protest cancelled due to far-right activists

    A Black Lives Matter group in London said it was calling off a planned protest on Saturday because the presence of far-right activists would make it unsafe, though some anti-racism demonstrators are still likely to gather. Another anti-racism protest on Friday looked set to go ahead.

    Authorities have urged protesters not to gather because of the continued risk of spreading the coronavirus. Gatherings of more than six people are currently barred in England, though police have allowed previous demonstrations to take place.

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “extremely concerned that further protests in central London not only risk spreading COVID-19, but could lead to disorder, vandalism and violence”.

    12:00 GMT – Palestinians know deadly US police tactics all too well

    Following the killing of George Floyd, as US riot police fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters, pepper spray and stun grenades at protesters, Palestinians shared tips on social media on how to best deal with the assaults.

    Many in the Palestinian territories are well experienced with such tactics by security forces while living under a decades-long occupation by Israeli forces in the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip.

    11:00 GMT – Cricketer says nickname controversy opportunity to educate on racism

    Former West Indies cricket captain Daren Sammy says he has accepted a former team-mate’s explanation of a potentially racist nickname he was given at the Sunrisers Hyderabad and hopes the issue can be used to educate players about racism.

    Earlier this week, the 36-year-old sought clarification from his former team-mates over the nickname “kallu” – Hindi slang for black – used for him when he was part of the Indian Premier League franchise during 2013-14.

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