Anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests have rocked much of the U.S. for a week now. Yesterday evening, President Trump threatened to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halt the violence that has dogged many of the demonstrations. Shortly after his Rose Garden speech — and ahead of Washington’s curfew — law enforcement officers used tear gas to clear a path through protesters so that Trump could walk to an Episcopal church for a photo opportunity in front of the arson damaged building. Last night got particularly violent in some areas. In St Louis, four police officers were injured in a shooting.
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George Floyd Autopsy:
An independent autopsy requested by the family of George Floyd differs from the official one described in a criminal complaint against the Minneapolis police officer charged in his death. The family says the independent post-mortem has found that he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his neck and back. Floyd died last Monday after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Floyd’s brother Terrence is pleading for peace in the streets, saying destruction is “not going to bring my brother back at all.”
Here is a report on yesterday’s protests from Global News:
Protester Loses Eye After Being Struck By Police Tear Gas Canister
A 21-year-old protester lost his right eye after he was struck by a tear gas canister during George Floyd demonstrations in Indiana. Balin Brake, who is enrolled at Indiana Tech, said he ran when cops ordered the crowd to disperse Saturday at protests in Fort Wayne. But officers started deploying tear gas and one of the canisters struck his shoe. He then turned around to see what happened and the second can hit him in the face, injuring his right eye. “He saw [the canister] hit the ground after it hit him,” Brake’s mother, Rachel Simonis, said. Other protesters carried him to medics and he was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save his eye, according to the reports. Fort Wayne police denied Sunday that officers aimed the tear gas can at any protester’s head.
Protester Is Shot Dead By Police In Louisville As They Dispersed Group Ignoring Curfew Amid George Floyd Demonstrations
A protester was shot dead by law enforcement officers in Louisville on the fourth night of unrest following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd. It’s not clear if the man was shot by National Guard – who were brought in on Saturday to quell the unrest in the city – or by a police officer. The man, understood to be the owner of a local barbecue restaurant, was killed when a large crowd gathered in a parking lot after the dusk to dawn 9 p.m. curfew began. Officers tried to break up the crowd when one person fired a shot at the police who shot back. It’s also unclear if the man who died is the one who first fired the shot. Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad called the man a protester, however witnesses said they were not part of the demonstrations. The victim would be the first person killed by an officer during the nation-wide unrest. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Police Chief Conrad said: “It’s very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue we’re going to work on and work through.”
Trudeau on Canadian Racism:
Following days of often violent protests in the U.S. and several Canadian demonstrations in support of those protesting — Prime Minister Trudeau says more needs to be done here to end anti-black racism. Trudeau says Canadians can’t pretend racism does not exist in Canada. He says the federal government has invested millions of dollars to combat racism, including supporting a number of initiatives over the years that include developing anti-racism strategies and the better collection of data.
Here are the Prime Minister’s remarks:
Singh on Canadian Racism:
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh wants new measures including better data on carding and more training for police officers to combat systemic racism in Canada. Singh commented on the violence this weekend in the U.S. over the death of a black man in Minnesota. He says Canada has its own issues that need to be addressed. Singh outlined his proposals in Ottawa today as protests continued to rage south of the border over the death of George Floyd — a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck.
Here are Mr. Singh’s remarks:
Police in Montreal say they have arrested 11 people and received 70 reports of damage to stores and other acts of mischief following an anti-racism demonstration on the weekend that saw clashes between protesters and officers after the formal rally. The demonstrators had gathered to denounce racism and police impunity following the death of George Floyd. Montreal police declared the gathering illegal after they say projectiles were thrown at officers, who responded with pepper spray and tear gas.
Contains files from The Canada Press
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