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

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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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Canadian pilot draws tribute to George Floyd with airplane

A Canadian pilot used his airplane to draw a tribute to George Floyd over the skies of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday.

The tribute, a raised fist, was captured by flight tracking imagery and took approximately 2½ hours to draw, according to data from FlightAware

The pilot, Dimitri Neonakis, wrote on his Facebook page that the tribute was his way of showing support to those demonstrating against the death of George Floyd. 

“While I was up there moving around free, the words of George Floyd “I can’t Breath” came to mind a few times, a stark contrast,” Neonakis wrote

Neonakis has drawn other tributes reacting to tragic events, including a heart after the deadly mass shooting in Nova Scotia in April.

Photo: Solidarity in Italy

A girl raises her fist during a demonstration against racism in Milan, Italy, on Sunday.Claudio Furlan / LaPresse via AP

Joe Biden to visit with family of George Floyd on Monday

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., on June 1, 2020,Andrew Harnik / AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden will head to Houston on Monday to personally show his condolences to the family of George Floyd, the Biden campaign announced Sunday. 

“Vice President Biden will travel to Houston Monday to express his condolences in-person to the Floyd family. He is also recording a video message for the funeral service,” campaign spokesman T.J. Ducklo said in a statement to NBC News.

The Floyd family’s personal lawyer, Benjamin Crump, initially raised eyebrows when he said during a virtual livestream last week that the presumptive Democratic nominee was expected to attend the private funeral in Houston on Tuesday.

Acting on Biden’s wish to personally give his condolences to the Floyd family, the campaign considered multiple options of how best he could pay his respects without disrupting the memorial services this past week. Now that the Democratic candidate is protected by Secret Service, they concluded that attending last Tuesday’s service would have caused too much logistical trouble, so they opted for a private family meeting on Monday with no press in attendance.

4 injured after SUV plows into Brooklyn protesters, driver arrested

A suspect was arrested after an SUV drove through a crowd of kneeling protesters in New York City on Saturday night, leaving four people injured. The driver now faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of marijuana, the NYPD said in a statement to NBC News.

Jacob Leiper, a 44-year-old Queens resident, struck a cyclist after he approached the intersection between Saint John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue, according to police.

“In an effort to go around the crowd and circumvent the delay, the vehicle operator did drive onto the sidewalk, where he encountered more protestors, some of which struck his car and climbed on it as well,” the NYPD said.

Video posted on social media showed the car driving on the sidewalk into the protesters and hurriedly leaving the scene. Another video posted by Brooklyn resident Chris Welch showed the NYPD arresting Leiper.

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

Jesse Jackson calls on Congress to pass anti-lynching law

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.

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. 

NYC curfew lifted, effective immediately, Mayor de Blasio says

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."

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.

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.

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."