04 June 2020

Over Ten Thousand arrested, protests against George Floyd killing continue

Some Other Update

  • All four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s death have been charged. Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder, up from third-degree murder. He also faces a second-degree manslaughter charge. The other three are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
  • US President Donald Trump was rebuked by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, who said he was trying to sow divisions. Trump’s current defense chief, Mark Esper, also said he opposed Trump’s threat to send in the military to quell unrest.
  • Several major cities scaled back or lifted curfews imposed for the past few days. As protests continue, police in riot gear charged into a crowd of about 1,000 protesters defying a local curfew in New York City’s Brooklyn borough, albeit peacefully, near an outdoor plaza, clubbed journalists as they scurried for cover in heavy rain.

More than 10,000 people have been arrested in protests across the US, according to an Associated Press tally of known arrests.

In a nearly 1 day (24-hour) period from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, 41 of the 52 people cited with protest-related arrests had Minnesota driver’s licenses, according to the Hennepin County sheriff.

In the nation’s capital, 86 percent of the more than 400 people arrested as of Wednesday afternoon were from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

In Los Angeles, an online fundraising campaign has gathered $2 million so far to help more than 3,000 people arrested in demonstrations since Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis.

src – aljazeera

Los Angeles Chief Michel Moore told the city’s Police Commission the bulk of the arrests, about 2,500, were for failure to disperse or curfew violations.

The rest were for hard crimes including burglary, looting, attacks on police officers and other violence, Moore said to the panel, which functions as the police department’s civilian oversight board.

The only other US city with an arrest toll that comes close to Los Angeles’ is New York, with about 2,000, according to AP’s tally.

The AP tally didn’t bring into account any also arrests still unreported from Wednesday night.