Monday, June 1, 2020. New York City – On Sunday, May 31, 2020, there were more protests in New York City to demand justice for George Floyd. I covered the rally at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn. People marched from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Protestors crossed the Manhattan Bridge to Chinatown. There were hundreds of people.
There will be more rallies today, Monday, June 1, 2020.
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested and killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.
The Minneapolis police officer who spent almost nine minutes kneeling on the neck of George Floyd was Derek Chauvin. He was charged with murder on Friday, May 29, 2020. Police officers J Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane stood by as Floyd’s strained cries grew silent. People want the three officers face charges too. The three officers are also responsible for Floyd’s death.
This weekend, Jake Gardner (a white man) killed James Scurlock (a 22 years old Black man). Today, Prosecutors said they will not charge the Omaha bar owner who killed James. Gardner’s concealed carry permit was expired.
People call for Jake Gardner to be charged with murder in the death of James Scurlock.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Bernie Sanders said on Twitter, “We need real police department reform. Every police officer involved in a killing must be held accountable, and those found guilty must be punished with the full force of the law. Every killing of a person held in police custody must be investigated by the Department of Justice.”
On Friday, May 29, 2020, Bernie Sanders said on Twitter, “Every officer involved in George Floyd’s murder must be arrested and held criminally accountable. Going forward, the DOJ must independently investigate every time a person dies in police custody. That includes officers who passively stand by and allow these killings to happen.
Having met with so many families brutalized by police violence, it’s clear we cannot wait any longer to act forcefully and boldly to root out the cancer of systemic racism and police violence against people of color. This must end.”
Kenya Evelyn wrote on The Guardian, “The Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar, a former Democratic presidential candidate, has faced backlash for what critics have called a tame demand for “a complete and thorough outside investigation”, and is now being questioned on her record. Between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar, the state’s then top prosecutor, declined to press charges against more than a dozen officers accused of killing civilians.
Although Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time of an October 2006 police shooting involving Chauvin, she did not prosecute and instead the case went to a grand jury that declined to charge the officers with wrongdoing in 2008.”
The Guardian reports that, “Protests take place in cities around the world. On Sunday, thousands of people demonstrated in central London, chanting: “No Justice! No peace!” in Trafalgar Square before marching to the US embassy, where they faced a line of police.
There were protests outside the US embassy in Copenhagen on Sunday, while hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Berlin for the second day in a row, carrying signs that read: “Silence is violence”; “Hold cops accountable”; and “Who do you call when police murder?”
At least four solidarity gatherings were held in New Zealand on Monday, with massive crowds kneeling at a demonstration in Auckland. Tens of thousands of people marched from Aotea Square, in central Auckland, to the US embassy carrying signs with messages such as “Be kind”, “Silence is Betrayal” and “Do Better, Be Better”.”
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