George Floyd, the black man whose death has inspired a worldwide reckoning over racial injustice will be buried in Houston today. Floyd, who was 46 when he was killed while in Minneapolis police custody, will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage and laid to rest next to his mother.
A judge has ordered bail at $1.25 million dollars for a white Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing yesterday in which he appeared on closed-circuit television from prison. In setting bail, Judge Denise Reilly acknowledged Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank’s assertion that the case had prompted “a strong reaction in the community to put it mildly.” Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson raised no objections and agreed to make arrangements to have the firearm Chauvin admitted to having at his home removed should he post bail. Chauvin also faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Prime Minister Trudeau says fixing centuries of racial injustice in Canada won’t happen overnight. But he says recent protests have shown him more needs to be done quickly to tackle violence against black Canadians and indigenous people. Trudeau says this week, he’ll propose equipping police with body-worn cameras to the country’s premiers. He says he spoke with RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki this morning, who assured him she will use all available tools to take quick, solid action.
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