US USA: Vigil in Minneapolis in tribute to George Floyd
'No justice, no peace': Protests, violence continue in Minneapolis, New York City, other US cities following George Floyd's death
Protests nationwide continued in the wake of the death of George Floyd, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a local emergency on Thursday.Hundreds of protesters flooded Minneapolis streets Thursday evening for a march through downtown. Traffic was halted as a crowd of people stretched for up to four blocks. Protesters shouted “I can’t breathe” and “no justice, no peace; prosecute the police” as volunteer marshals in highlighter-colored vests directed traffic.
USA-POLICE-EVENTS: USA: Vigil in Minneapolis in tribute to George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota ( Reuters) - Several hundred people gathered for a vigil Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the street where George Floyd was arrested last week by city police, an intervention after which the 46-year-old black man died.
Some people raised their hands in tribute to Floyd, who had become the new symbol of police violence against the African-American community, while other participants in the vigil were in tears.
The demonstrations organized across the United States during the day took place generally in calm, the clashes between protesters and law enforcement being more rare, whereas Tuesday evening had again given rise to incidents .
28 people arrested in Nashville during Saturday protests against police violence
Following Saturday's "I Will Breathe" rally in Nashville to protest police brutality, 28 people were arrested when police and demonstrators clashed. © Larry McCormack / The Tennessean Protesters run away from tear gas outside the Metro Courthouse in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, May 30, 2020 after the “I Will Breathe” rally to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day.
In the eyes of the authorities and certain organizers of the protest movement, most of the outbursts are the work of external agitators and criminal elements seeking to take advantage of the situation.
The charges against the now ex-police officer responsible for the death of Floyd were redefined Wednesday by the American courts, which charged Derek Chauvin with second degree murder.
In the federal capital Washington, demonstrators again marched through the city center, chanting "no justice, no peace" and "black lives matter".
(Brendan O'Brien, with Nathan Layne, Rich McKay, Lisa Lambert; French version Jean Terzian)
‘We got you.’ A Collier deputy worried about walking with George Floyd protesters. Two women stepped up to escort him. .
At a protest last week, a deputy turned to Lisa Martinez and Cherry Estelomme in a heated moment: “If you guys make sure I don’t get jumped, I’ll walk with you.” The two women did not hesitate. They moved to either side of McCoy. Lisa asked, “You walking or you talkin’?” “Let’s go,” Cherry said. “Let’s go walk. Let’s go walk, man, let’s go walk.” She repeated the refrain as they linked arms and led McCoy from the crowd to the clear road.