Nearly 40 U.S. cities impose curfews amid race protests

Source:CGTN 01-06-20 09:55 Updated BJT
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SUMMARY

A Minneapolis prosecutor has charged the city's now fired police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and manslaughter following the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was seen in the footage of an amateur video pressing his knee on the neck of the unarmed male African American for several minutes although the latter had been arrested, handcuffed and pinned to the ground. The 46-year-old man later died. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident have been sacked.

Nearly 40 cities have imposed curfews and National Guard troops have been activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C., according to local media reports. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County. 

Police have arrested at least 1,669 people in 22 cities in recent days with nearly a third in Los Angeles, according to AP.

The White House was briefly locked down as some protesters in the U.S. capital gathered outside the property Friday night.

Here's what we know so far:

- Washington D.C. has issued a citywide curfew. The National Guard has been activated in D.C. to help protect the White House.

- Four police officers have been fired in Minneapolis over their involvement in the arrest and eventual death of Floyd. Chauvin, one of the four, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

- Several cities in the United States have imposed weekend curfews amid ongoing protests. 

- Minnesota's governor has mobilized the state's National Guard, activating the largest domestic deployment in the Guard's 164-year history.

- A 19-year-old man was shot dead on Friday night in downtown Detroit amid protests.

- Two Federal Protective Service officers were shot and one died amid protests Friday night in Oakland.

TIMELINE

08:34, 01-Jun-2020

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in connection with the death of George Floyd, is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing at 1:00 p.m. CT on Monday, CNN reported citing jail records.

The police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for minutes in Minneapolis was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, amid a nationwide outrage following the 46-year-old black man's death.

Nearly 40 cities have imposed curfews and National Guard troops have been activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C. amid an array of race protests.

Police have arrested at least 1,669 people in 22 cities in recent days with nearly a third in Los Angeles, according to AP.

08:07, 01-Jun-2020

Tanker truck drives into protesters in Minneapolis

A tanker truck ploughed into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators near downtown Minneapolis in the U.S. on Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

"The truck driver was injured and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries," the department said, adding that the motorist is under arrest.

No protesters were hit by the truck.

07:40, 01-Jun-2020

Washington D.C. declares citywide curfew

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a citywide curfew, joining a host of cities to implement such a measure amid protests over the death of George Floyd.

In a tweet, the mayor said people are not allowed on the streets from 11:00 p.m. ET on Sunday through 6:00 a.m. ET on Monday.

Bowser has also activated the D.C. National Guard to support the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

 07:14, 01-Jun-2020

'Black Lives Matter' protests spread across Europe over George Floyd killing

Thousands of protesters in Germany and the UK are chanting "I can't breathe" in tribute to an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody in America on Monday.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. embassy in Berlin are holding banners reading "Black Lives Matter," after George Floyd's death led to a global backlash against police brutality and racism.

Protests erupted on Tuesday across the U.S. after a video of the incident in Minneapolis, in which a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on Floyd's neck, pinning him to the ground as he pleaded "I can't breathe," went viral on social media.

George Floyd's subsequent death caused widespread anger against police brutality as calls rang out for justice and for all four police officers at the scene to be held accountable. After days of protests – some violent – 44-year-old Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and negligent manslaughter.

01:36, 01-Jun-2020 

Journalists covering nationwide protests over the death of a black man at police hands in Minneapolis have found themselves under attack, by police and at times by protesters.

The arrest and handcuffing Friday of a black CNN journalist by police in Minneapolis -- even as he was reporting live on camera following the death of George Floyd -- may have drawn the widest coverage.

The journalist, Omar Jimenez, was released an hour later after the Minnesota governor personally intervened.

But there have been several other serious incidents across the country, notably in Louisville, Kentucky, where a riot-squad policeman fired what appeared to be pepper-spray pellets at a local TV crew filming the scene.

"I'm getting shot!" Kaitlin Rust, a reporter with local TV channel WAVE-3, cried out on camera.

And in Minneapolis, freelance journalist Linda Tirado was struck in the left eye by a rubber bullet fired by police, and said later on Twitter that she had permanently lost vision in that eye.

"Authorities in cities across the US need to instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests without fear of injury or retaliation," said a statement from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Members of the media have also come under attack by protesters. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, photographer Ian Smith said he was subjected to a beating until other demonstrators came to his defense.

In Atlanta, the headquarters of news network CNN was attacked Friday by several dozen people. Someone in the crowd lobbed a flash grenade into the building's lobby as police stood guard there.

And on Saturday morning, a Fox News journalist who was reporting from a position in front of the White House was pummeled and chased by demonstrators until police intervened.

"If you are a protester, do what you feel is right, but don't stop us from doing what we know is the job we have to do for the public. Please do not target, intimidate, humiliate or block our efforts," said a statement from the Society of Professional Journalists.

22:58, 31-May-2020 

About 1, 000 people are shot to death by police officers in the U.S. every year, according to a database maintained by the Washington Post. Research shows the victims are more likely to be African-Americans and Hispanics. Officers who kill on duty very seldom face criminal charges, claiming they were acting out of self-defense.

21:53, 31-May-2020 

In New York City, police cars clashed with protesters marching against the death of George Floyd. This sparked further outrage, prompting demonstrators to retaliate. In Houston, reports said a female protester was knocked down and injured after a police officer on horseback blew a whistle and rode through to disperse the crowds.

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng
01-06-20 09:55 BJT
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