George Floyd Protests Update: New York City Lifts Curfew
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by Axios | 6.7.20
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have been rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events on Saturday.
The latest: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday morning that the city would be lifting its curfew, effective immediately. "Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city," he tweeted.
What's happening: Washington, D.C., saw tens of thousands of protesters march all day in what was likely the largest demonstration yet. The presence of federal law enforcement appeared to have been greatly reduced, and the protests remained largely peaceful.
- Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed by protesters after said he wouldn't to commit to defunding the police, adding "I do not support the full abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department," per New York Times video from the scene.
- Seattle police set off flash bangs at a protest in the city on Saturday night, a day after the police chief announced a ban on tear gas.
- In New York City, protesters continued to march in Brooklyn late Saturday, hours after the curfew came into effect, the Times reports.
- Denver Broncos players and staff led a protest in the city, wearing t-shirts that read, "If you ain't with us, you against us." A federal judge restricted law enforcement's ability to use tear gas and fire rubber bullets on protesters.
- Sacramento Police Department tweeted that it has suspended the use of the carotid control hold following direction from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he has directed police not to use tear gas unless there is "a serious and immediate threat to life safety," per KGW. "I stand in solidarity with our non-violent demonstrators, who are sending a strong message that we are long overdue for meaningful reform and restorative justice," he added.
- In San Francisco, thousands of protesters marched across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday afternoon, blocking traffic as part of their demonstration.
- In Buffalo, two police officers were charged with assault on Saturday after a video emerged of them shoving a 75-year-old protester while clearing a demonstration in the wake of George Floyd's killing.
- Curfews are continuing to expire across the U.S., including in Denver, Minneapolis and Atlanta.
The impact: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he's "very concerned" about the protests that have followed George Floyd's death resulting in a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S.
The bottom line: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.
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