Demonstrations erupted in cities across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in the hands of Minneapolis police.
Derek Chauvin, the police officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, was arrested Friday and charged with murder and manslaughter. The anger in response to Floyd’s killing descended into rioting and looting in several cities.
Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Denver, Salt Lake City, Nashville and Minneapolis among others have imposed curfews as they brace for more unrest Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The governors of Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Washington and Kentucky have mobilized their state National Guards.
President Donald Trump and the Pentagon have said they stand ready to provide federal forces to Minnesota if requested to quell unrest.
Thousands protest in London in solidarity with U.S. demonstrators
8:40 a.m. — Thousands of people gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday waving placards and chanting in solidarity with protesters in the U.S. angry over the police killing of George Floyd and wider racial discrimination. Crowds were gathered despite social distancing rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
U.K. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab called the footage of Floyd’s murder “very distressing” and called for deescalation, while the country’s opposition leader Keir Starmer tweeted, “George Floyd must not become just another name. His shocking death should be the catalyst for change.”