Mourners in George Floyd’s hometown of Houston will be able to view his casket today, as the series of memorials in his honour reach their final stop. A six-hour public viewing will be held at a local church, with thousands expected to pay their respects, including Joe Biden (the democratic candidate for U.S. president.) Floyd died May 25th after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped responding, sparking the latest global push to end racism and police violence. George Floyd’s funeral will be held tomorrow.
Minneapolis To Disband Their Police Department:
Minneapolis City Council members plan to dismantle the city’s “toxic” police department following the murder of George Floyd. Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared at a rally in a city park yesterday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it. The council members ended up standing before hundreds of people on a grassy hill and pledged to begin the process of taking apart the police department in its current form and invest in community-led safety initiatives instead.
Democrats to Introduce a Bill:
As anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests continue across the U.S., Democrats in Congress have come up with legislation to overhaul police accountability. Their package is expected today. The “Justice in Policing Act” would overhaul legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force episodes and set new standards for police training.
Buffalo Police Officers Resign:
Fifty seven officers have resigned from their positions on a Buffalo Police squad in support of two colleagues who were suspended after they were filmed shoving a 75-year-old peace activist to the ground, causing him to crack open his head. The two officers were suspended without pay and are now under criminal investigation after footage showed them knocking Martin Gugino to the ground and leaving him with critical injuries in front of Buffalo’s City Hall in upstate New York on Thursday night prior to the city’s 8pm curfew. All members of the department’s Emergency Response Team have since resigned. “Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” PBA president John Evans said. The 57 officers have not resigned from the Buffalo Police Department – only the Emergency Response Team they were serving on.
National Guard to Stand Down in Washington, DC:
President Trump is ordering the National Guard to leave Washington DC, after massive protests against police brutality. They ended with largely peaceful expressions that organizers hope will sustain their movement. Last week Trump used the National Guard to clear a path for him though peaceful protesters so he could walk to a church across from the White House for a photo op. It was a move denounced by church leaders as insulting.
Contains files from the Canadian Press
Photo Credit: The Floyd family