The Latest On Anti-Racism Protests And The Death Of George Floyd

Despite an 8pm curfew thousands of defiant demonstrators continued to march through the streets on New York City, late into the night– but much of the recent destruction and looting seems to have been tempered. Mayor Bill de Blasio shifted the citywide curfew from 11pm to the earlier hour, while at the same time rejecting President Trump’s demands that he bring in the National Guard. Just after midnight Wednesday, most of the city’s streets were cleared aside from police patrolling, especially in hot-spot areas for demonstrations.

Floyd Autopsy:

An attorney for George Floyd’s family says a medical examiner’s finding that Floyd had drugs in his system when he died is a “red herring.” Ben Crump says it’s to draw attention away from the police officer who pressed his knee into the handcuffed man’s neck for several minutes. He says the finding is an attempt to assassinate Floyd’s character, “after they assassinated him right then on the video.” The state of Minnesota has filed a human rights complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of Floyd’s death.

Floyd’s Family:

The mother of George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, Gianna, says she wanted the world to know that her little girl lost a good father who would never get to see his daughter grow up. Roxie Washington spoke to the media yesterday, saying she and her daughter have suffered a loss that can’t be replaced. Floyd died on Memorial Day after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.

Charges Laid Against Police Officers:

Charges have been laid against six Atlanta police officers involved in a protest arrest incident involving two college students over the weekend. Two officers were fired Monday after video of the altercation went viral. The footage shows police officers in riot gear and gas masks surrounding a car driven by a man with a female passenger, dragging them out of the vehicle and shooting them with stun guns.

Fake Twitter Accounts Inciting Violence:

A Twitter account that tweeted a call to violence and claimed to be representing the position of “Antifa” was in fact created by a known white supremacist group, Twitter said Monday. The company removed the account.  Before it emerged the account was run by white supremacists, Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s son, pointed his 2.8 million Instagram followers to the account as an example how dangerous Antifa is.  “This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules.”  Although the account only had a few hundred followers, it is an example of white supremacists seeking to inflame tensions in the United States by posing as left-wing activists online.

Trump on Protesters:

President Trump is demanding New York’s governor call in the National Guard to quell protests against the death of a black man in police custody last week. He’s called the demonstrators “lowlifes and losers.” Trump’s tweet came a day after he called state leaders “weak,” and threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn’t do it. More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence.

 Trudeau on Racism:

Prime Minister Trudeau says as Canadians watch what’s unfolding in the U.S. with “horror and consternation,” it is a time to pull people together, and to listen and learn what injustices continue for racialized communities. Trudeau paused for a full 20 seconds yesterday when asked about President Trump’s talk of deploying the military to stop those protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. He answered that Canadians must be aware of the challenges facing black Canadians and other minorities in their own country.

Singh on Racism:

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he wants to know how many more people must plead to breathe, or to live, before governments take aggressive action to stem racism. Protests continue throughout the U.S. following the death of George Floyd. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says people of all races in both Canada and the U.S. should always feel safe, especially when around law enforcement personnel.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Twitter


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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan