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Police and protesters broke ground in Portland early Wednesday and tensions were high in New York City, but protests in most major cities Tuesday night were relatively calm. Many cities reinforced their curfew, with New York and Washington authorities ordering people off the streets while it was still daylight.
In Los Angeles, Police Chief Michel Moore apologized for his comment on Monday that the death of Floyd, an African-American father who died on Memorial Day during a confrontation with Minneapolis police, is “on the hands” of those encouraging criminal acts in protest. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday met with calls to fire Moore.
At least 9,300 people have been arrested in protests around the country, according to a compilation by the Associated Press. Los Angeles has registered 2,700 arrests, followed by New York with about 1,500.
A closer look at some recent developments:
- Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s daughter, gave her first public comment since his death. She complained tearfully that he will miss their 6-year-old future milestones, like graduating and getting married.
- A California police officer is on leave and is under investigation for viral videos showing his “disruptive” behavior and misbehavior toward protesters in San Jose.
- Six Atlanta police are facing charges over an incident captured on video where they are seen with stunning weapons and forcibly removing two students from a car.
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Excitement but less violence in New York City
Thousands of protesters marched in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday night in opposition to the 8 o’clock curfew but with less violence and damage than the city absorbed the night before. Government Andrew Cuomo had called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to call in the National Guard following Monday night’s concerns. The mayor declined. Security concerns and political circles diverted much of the attention away from the message sent by thousands of people, including Eloise Paterson, who says she worries about her son if he is stopped by police.
“I’m terrified if my son just goes out to jog,” said Paterson, a 54-year-old African American. “I hope people realize it’s not about looting. The looters have nothing to do with us. We are out here because we want our children to be safe. “
– Christopher Maag, NorthJersey.com
Curfew is lifted, violence arises in Portland
A peaceful protest that drew thousands to central Portland handed out in chaos hundreds of protesters tried to tear down protective fences and threw bottles, bats and batteries at police, Chief Jami Resch said Wednesday. The police declared an illegal assembly and launched flash grenades and tear gas to stop the disturbance. No number of arrests was immediately available. Mayor Ted Wheeler had canceled one o’clock. curfew earlier Tuesday citing Monday night’s peaceful rally
“There are many thousands of you who are not involved in the violence and destruction, and I thank you,” she said. “I know that the others who commit criminal acts do not represent you.”
The Pope says the world cannot turn “an eye for racism”
Pope Francis says he “witnessed with great concern for the disturbing social unrest” in the United States and demanded national reconciliation.
“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim that we defend the sacred in every human life,” said the pope during his weekly audience held in the presence of bishops due to coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.
At the same time, the pledge warned “nothing is gained through violence and so much is lost.”
LA. the police chief apologizes for remarks in the midst of conversations about his shots
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has apologized and discouraged calls that he fired after he resembled the looters in the city with those responsible for George Floyd’s death.
“We had no protests last night. We had criminal acts,” Moore said Monday. “We didn’t have people mourning this man’s death, George Floyd. We had people who capitalized. His death is on their hands, as much as they are the officers.”
Moore tweeted an apology, saying he was wrong.
“While I immediately corrected myself, I realize that my original words were extremely offensive,” Moore said via Twitter. “Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to sue the two. I deeply regret and apologize for my characterization.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was called out on social media, with people demanding he fire Moore. Later Tuesday, protesters gathered at Garcetti’s home.
On Tuesday, more than 1,000 protesters made their way for a second day through the streets of Hollywood, and hundreds more demonstrated in downtown Los Angeles, sometimes kneeling in mass and others demanding Moore’s departure.
California police on leave for “disruptive” behavior towards protesters
A California police officer is on leave and under internal investigation after several viral videos showed his lewd behavior toward protesters last week in the wake of George Floyd’s death, local officials said.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called the films “disruptive” during a news conference on Sunday, and Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Officer Jared Yuen would be “responsible for his actions and will have to deal with the consequences.”
A video shows Yuen grinning into a demonstrator camera as he swings side by side. A second video shows Yuen telling a demonstrator to “shut up, bitch” just moments before shooting his projectile shooter at protesters. Another video shows him saying, “Let’s get this (expletive).”
A protester in the background responds by saying, “This is fun for them. They have smiles on their faces.”
– Jessica Flores
The mother of Floyd’s daughter talks about her loss
The mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter complained that he will miss the girl’s future milestones, as a graduate and marry, in her first public comments since he died in police custody May 25.
From a podium at the Minneapolis City Hall, where Floyd moved from Houston to seek better job opportunities, Roxie Washington said she wanted to speak up for him and their daughter Gianna, who joined her. Washington also said she wants justice for Floyd.
“He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never lead her down the aisle, said Washington, who struggled to fight tears. “If there is a problem she has had and needs her dad, she no longer has it.”
– Mark Emmert
Entrepreneurs express frustration, solidarity with protesters
Several dozen Milwaukee companies, some already weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, face a difficult recovery after being burgled and injured during civil unrest. They included three small grocery stores, several mobile phone shops, a Walgreen pharmacy and a clothing store on the city’s north side over the weekend.
Some of the companies remained closed on Monday, while others reopened with boarded windows and doors. Social leaders and social activists condemned the loss of property. “The uprising and the looting has ended now. It hurts everyone in the community, “said Darryl Farmer with the Black Panthers of Milwaukee.
Charnjit Kaur, who owns a Metro PCS phone shop and clothing store in Milwaukee, said her company had $ 100,000 in losses from looters who kicked in the doors and windows and stole almost everything.
Nas Sarsour, who owns a Cricket Wireless opened again on Monday, said he supported the protests, but that the looting made it worse in a neighborhood already struggling with job losses in the pandemic. “People have the right to be angry. They have the right to protest. But they do not have the right to come and break into local businesses, he said.
– Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The ABC show “Black-ish” re-uses the section on police brutality 2016
As the country confronts police brutality and mistreatment of black people in the wake of Floyd killed, ABC resubmitted a groundbreaking section of 2016 of “Black-ish” on Tuesday that confronted the troubling issues.
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris talked about the early relaunch of the episode in an Instagram post Tuesday, saying it’s “1,562 days since we first shared that episode with the world and it breaks my heart on so many levels that this episode feels as fast as it did then and awful foresight of what is happening to black people in this country today. “
– Patrick Ryan and Bill Keveney
GOP senators criticize Trump: ‘God’s word as a political prop’
Republican senators shared on President Donald Trump’s decision on Monday to push back protesters from an area surrounding the White House so he could visit a historic church across the street to take a photo with a Bible.
“I oppose clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo option that treats God’s word as a political prop,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Said in a statement. “Although there is no right to revolt or destroy property, he said, there is a” fundamental – a constitutional – right to protest. ”
Sen. Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, said he did not approve the move.
“Since it relates to the tear gas situation and the Bible … it is not something that I thought was helpful or what I would do without any questions,” he told Politico. “If your question is: Should you use tear gas to clear a road so the president can go and take a photo? The answer is ‘no.’
– Christal Hayes
Six Atlanta officers charged in the incident with students
Six Atlanta police officers who in a video forcefully pulled two young college students out of their car during protests on Saturday have been charged, mostly for aggravated assault, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. Two of the officers, investigators Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner, were dismissed on Sunday. The incident was captured on body cam video and condemned by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Messiah Young and his girlfriend Taniyah Pilgrim were caught in traffic Saturday night during protests over George Floyd’s killing when they were contacted by officers shouting commands. The video shows the officers using stun guns on the couple, breaking the car window with a baton and reaching out to both students, who are heard screaming and asking what happened.
“We understand that our officers work very long hours under a tremendous amount of stress, but we also understand that the use of excessive force is never acceptable,” Bottoms said.
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Contributions: The Associated Press; Jessica Flores and Erick Smith, USA TODAY
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