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June 7 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

Here are the latest updates on protests across the country about George Floyd's death.
Image: A protester takes a knee during a demonstration in Holyrood Park, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 7, 2020.
A protester takes a knee during a demonstration in Holyrood Park, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 7, 2020.Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

This live coverage has now ended. Continue reading June 8 coverage of George Floyd's death and the nationwide protests.

As the national anger over the death of George Floyd showed little sign of abating, from coast to coast demonstrators marched in cities across the country.

Thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to protest both Floyd's death and President Donald Trump's use of military personnel in response to largely peaceful demonstrations. Marchers also filed across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, while others walked the boulevards of Hollywood and a Nashville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Floyd's family members gathered for a song- and prayer-filled private memorial service in North Carolina on Saturday after an earlier public viewing of his body drew long lines of mourners from around the country.

Elsewhere, British anti-racism protesters briefly clashed with mounted police as thousands gathered in central London, while demonstrations also took place in, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Tokyo and a number of other cities around the world.

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910d ago / 3:46 PM UTC

Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes shifting funds away from NYPD

Hours after announcing he would be lifting the curfew in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a series of reforms to the New York Police Department in response to the protests over the death of George Floyd that have gripped the city in the past week.

During his Sunday press conference, de Blasio announced four proposals:

1. Shift funding from NYPD to youth and social services

2. Reform 50-a, the law used to prevent police misconduct records from being released to the public

3. NYPD will no long be responsible for vendor enforcement

4. Bring community voices into senior level of NYPD

"In New York City, it takes too long for there to be accountability for officer’s who do the wrong thing," de Blasio said, NBC New York reports

910d ago / 1:47 PM UTC

Jesse Jackson calls on Congress to pass anti-lynching law

Image: Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson prays in front of George Floyd's coffin during a memorial service for George Floyd following his death in Minneapolis police custody, in Minneapolis
Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson prays in front of George Floyd's coffin during a memorial service on Thursday.Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling for Congress to pass an anti-lynching law and eliminate protections for police officers from lawsuits.

Jackson made the plea Saturday during a news conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was to meet with Mayor Greg Fischer and the family of the late Breonna Taylor.

The 26-year-old African-American woman, an emergency room technician, was shot at least eight times in her home after a brief confrontation with police who were there to serve a warrant in mid-March.

910d ago / 12:40 PM UTC

Minneapolis mayor leaves rally after boos from crowd

The mayor of Minneapolis jeered by protesters Saturday after telling them he was opposed to their demands to de-fund the city's police department after George Floyd died under the knee of one the force's former officers. 

A video showed Jacob Frey leaving the crowd as he was showered with angry chants of “Go home, Jacob, go home,” and “Shame, shame.”

The mayor had told the crowd that he did not support the “full abolition” of the police department, but instead favored police reforms. 

910d ago / 12:10 PM UTC

NYC curfew lifted, effective immediately, Mayor de Blasio says

910d ago / 11:16 AM UTC

Protests expected to continue around the globe on Sunday

Massive protests against police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd are expected to continue around the world on Sunday.

Dozens of people gathered in front of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday and stood in pouring rain holding photos of Floyd and signs that read "Black Lives Matter."

Image: Black Lives Matter protest Paris
Demonstrators hold placards reading 'end police brutality' near the U.S. embassy compound in Paris, France on Saturday.Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP - Getty Images

Demonstrations are expected to continue in London on Sunday — where protestors on Saturday briefly clashed with police — and across the rest of Europe in Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, and Nice.

There is also a “Say their names” vigil scheduled in Seoul, South Korea and other peaceful demonstrations in Brazil and Thailand.

Some governments have expressed concern about the gathering of large groups in the midst of the pandemic. In Paris, police officially banned protests on Saturday citing fears of the respiratory illness, and U.K. officials urged people to stay home for the same reason. Both were ignored.

910d ago / 10:14 AM UTC

Police use flash bang devices, pepper spray to disperse Seattle protesters

Police used flash bang devices and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of protesters in Seattle on Saturday night, the ninth consecutive day of George Floyd protests in the city.

The mayhem in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood followed a large, peaceful demonstration earlier in the day with medical workers demonstrating against racism and police brutality. It also came a day after Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best imposed a 30-day moratorium on the department’s use of one kind of tear gas.

NBC affiliate KING-TV reported that a small group of protesters started throwing objects at officers about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Police ordered the crowd to move, then used incendiary devices.

910d ago / 9:36 AM UTC

U.K. health minister: Protests against police brutality "undoubtedly a risk" for coronavirus spread

Protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are "undoubtedly a risk" for increasing the spread of coronavirus, Britain's health minister said Sunday.  

"I support very strongly the argument that's being made by those who are protesting for more equality and against discrimination," Matt Hancock said in an interview with Britain's Sky News Sunday. "But the virus itself doesn't discriminate and gathering in large groups is temporarily against the rules, precisely because it increases the risk of the spread of this virus."

With the number of deaths in the U.K. now exceeding 40,000, London remains under partial lockdown, but mass gatherings are still banned and many businesses are still shuttered.  

"I would urge people to make their argument, and I will support you in making that argument," Hancock said. "But please don't spread this virus, which has already done so much damage and which we are starting to get under control."

911d ago / 9:01 AM UTC

14 London police officers injured after Saturday clashes with protesters

A mounted police officer lays on the road after being unseated from their horse during a demonstration near the entrance to Downing Street in central London on Saturday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S.Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP - Getty Images

Fourteen officers with London’s Metropolitan Police were injured after a solidarity protest against the death of George Floyd in the British capital took a violent turn Saturday evening.

The Metropolitan Police said a small group of protesters began throwing missiles and flares at officers after the majority of demonstrators left the area near Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence, resulting in a mounted police officer falling from her horse.

She is currently receiving hospital treatment, but her injuries are not life-threatening, the force said. 

The police force commissioner, Cressida Dick, called the number of officers injured “shocking and completely unacceptable” Sunday.

911d ago / 8:17 AM UTC

In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up

Image: Black Live Matter Protest Klamath Falls Oregon May 31st 2020
Demonstrators participate in a anti-antifa protest in Klamath Falls, Oregon on May 31. Aurora Simpson / PhotoArt by Aurora

About 200 protesters came to Sugarman’s Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung up in cities across the United States, the group was made up of white, black and Latino people, members of the Native American Klamath Tribes, and the LGBTQ community; a diverse coalition in a county of 68,000 where 9 out of every ten residents are white, according to Census estimates. They held signs, many of which have become common during recent protests: "Black Lives Matter" and "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Though it was a small gathering, they had company.

Just across the street, hundreds of their mostly white neighbors were there for decidedly different reasons. They leaned in front of local businesses The Daily Bagel and Rick's Smoke Shop wearing military fatigues and bulletproof vests, with blue bands tied around their arms. Most everyone seemed to be carrying something: flags, baseball bats, hammers and axes. But mostly, they carried guns.

Read the full story here. 

911d ago / 4:33 AM UTC

Police in Rhode Island drew guns on African American firefighter in uniform

An African American firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island, said Saturday he was in uniform when he was recently stopped by police officers who drew their guns on him earlier in the week.

Terrell Paci, 23, said two officers who work for the same city drew their guns on him as he was sitting in a friend's vehicle outside his fire station, according to NBC affiliate WJAR. He said the officers told him they were looking for a suspect reportedly waving a gun in the area.

"The situation makes clear that even in uniform — a young black man is not immune from the impact of systemic, institutional racism," Derek Silva, the president of the Providence Firefighters Union, said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said the incident was under investigation. Paci joined George Floyd protesters Friday. "Why is a young black male in uniform at his job a threat to a police officer?" he asked WJAR.

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Philadelphia Inquirer executive editor resigns after publishing controversial headline

Philadelphia Inquirer executive editor Stan Wischnowski announced his resignation Saturday, just days after some 40 journalists called out "sick and tired" from work following a controversial headline published in the newspaper. 

On Tuesday, the Inquirer ran a story titled "Buildings Matter, Too," which looked at the destruction of businesses across the city as some protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent. 

The headline drew immediate backlash from dozens of reporters and countless readers, who called it tone deaf at best and insulting at worst. The Inquirer issued an apology, saying the headline was "offensive, inappropriate and we should not have printed it."

"We deeply regret that we did," the statement read in part. "We also know that an apology on its own is not sufficient."

Wischnowski worked at the Inquirer for 20 years, according to the newspaper.

911d ago / 7:45 PM UTC

'White Coats for Black Lives': Medical workers on virus frontlines join protesters

Image: Medical workers protest
Medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic march down 16th towards the White House on Saturday, June 6, in a show of support for those protesting George Floyd's death.Lauren Egan / NBC News