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June 8 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

George Floyd's death has sparked protests across the country. Here are the latest updates.
Image: Pallbearers bring George Floyd's casket into the Fountain of Praise Church for a memorial and viewing services in Houston, Texas, on June 8, 2020.
Pallbearers bring George Floyd's casket into the Fountain of Praise Church for a memorial and viewing services in Houston, Texas, on June 8, 2020.Mario Tama / Getty Images

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Friends and family of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose death touched off a national debate about systemic racism, were joined at a Houston memorial on Monday by thousands of strangers who showed up to pay their final respects.

On Sunday night, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council agreed to dismantle the city's police department after the death of Floyd in police custody, Councilman Jeremiah Ellison told NBC News. He said the council would work to disband the department in its "current iteration."

Speaking Sunday at a community meeting before the vote, the council's president, Lisa Bender, vowed to "re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe."

In Washington, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, joined demonstrators marching to the White House on Sunday in protest of Floyd's death.

“We need a voice against racism. We need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say black lives matter,” Romney, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, said.

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1017d ago / 6:10 PM UTC

Rev. Al Sharpton posts picture with Joe Biden and family of George Floyd

1017d ago / 5:24 PM UTC

New fence around the White House becomes a canvas for protesters

1017d ago / 5:15 PM UTC

Biden comes out against defunding police departments

1017d ago / 4:20 PM UTC

Philadelphia couple marries amid peaceful protests

1017d ago / 3:42 PM UTC

France to abandon police chokeholds, security chief says

1017d ago / 2:57 PM UTC

Pelosi, top Democrats unveil police reform bill

1017d ago / 2:23 PM UTC

Philadelphia police union cheers embattled officer

1017d ago / 2:02 PM UTC

Martin Luther King III lays flowers at site where George Floyd was killed

1017d ago / 1:27 PM UTC

St. Louis man charged with murder in fatal shooting of retired police captain

1017d ago / 1:22 PM UTC

NYPD misconduct often involves minority youth, report says

1017d ago / 12:45 PM UTC

Thousands expected to pay final respects to George Floyd in Houston

1017d ago / 12:13 PM UTC

What does protester rallying cry 'defund the police' mean?

1017d ago / 11:57 AM UTC

George Floyd's family appeals to U.N. for support for police reform


1017d ago / 11:41 AM UTC

Man drives into Seattle George Floyd protest, shoots one protester

1017d ago / 9:54 AM UTC

New York City begins to reopen after coronavirus lockdown, curfew lifted

1017d ago / 2:48 AM UTC
1018d ago / 2:16 AM UTC

Cincinnati Reds great Joey Votto says #BlackLivesMatter

1018d ago / 1:34 AM UTC

Protesters call to defund the police

1018d ago / 1:28 AM UTC

Majority of Minneapolis City Council commits to dismantling city's police department