+++ The George Floyd case in the news ticker +++: Esken accuses police of “latent racism” – criticism follows
The death of the African American George Floyd shakes the United States: there are repeated riots in numerous cities. After Donald Trump had the National Guard on site in Washington, the US President has now ordered the forces home. An incident occurs at a demo in Seattle. All information in the FOCUS Online news ticker.
The essentials in brief: Protests, curfews and fierce criticism of the president: The United States has not come to rest in a brutal police operation a week and a half ago since the death of African American George Floyd. The responsible public prosecutor’s office tightened their charges and had all of the former officials involved arrested. The policeman, who is held responsible for Floyd’s death, is now facing a second-degree trial, including up to 40 years in prison.
Esken accuses the police of “latent racism” – and faces violent headwinds
06.37 a.m .: The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday): “In Germany, too, there is latent racism in the ranks of the security forces, which must be recognized and combated by measures by the internal leadership.” The vast majority of police officers are very critical of such tendencies and suffer from the potential loss of confidence that results. When dealing with cases of unjustified police violence, the impression must not arise that the police corps spirit plays a greater role than the rights of the citizens. An independent body should therefore be entrusted with dealing with such complaints.
Union political spokesman Mathias Middelberg (CDU) replied: “The police are certainly not free of people with racist attitudes, but I don’t see racism as a structural problem in our police force.” Esken’s “general suspicion” goes too far. The SPD boss’s call for another nationwide complaints office was also superfluous. There are already independent complaints offices or ombudsmen at the state police. “At the federal level there is the anti-discrimination office and there is the cabinet committee of the federal government to fight right-wing extremism and racism, which was just established in March.”
Interior Minister Georg Maier of Thuringia also criticized Esken’s allegations. “There is no justification for structurally questioning the integrity of our police force,” the SPD politician told the Funke media group’s newspapers (Tuesday). One knows of individual cases, which one pursues with “all toughness of the rule of law”. The following applies: zero tolerance for racism. Politicians have to stand behind the work of police officers, especially now, he said.
Protests on the “Walk of Fame”: Trump’s star sprayed black
04.41 a.m .: Donald Trump’s star on the famous “Walk of Fame” in Hollywood has been sprayed black in protests after the death of African American George Floyd. The Internet service “TMZ.com” and other US media published photos and social media posts of the damaged badge on Monday. The letters BLM (Black Lives Matter) were also written in color on the sidewalk.
Tens of thousands of people attended a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration in Hollywood on Sunday. According to the broadcaster CBS, the badge was cleaned on Monday (local time). The nearly 2700-star Walk of Fame that runs through central Hollywood is administered by the local Chamber of Commerce. It is not the first time that Trump’s star has been damaged.
Oregon: White police chief vacates her post after criticism – and determines African Americans as successors
02.32 a.m .: She faced criticism for dealing with the protests after the murder of African American George Floyd. The white police chief has now resigned from Portland in the US state of Oregon and has appointed an African-American colleague as her successor. She followed demands for change and the change in the leadership of the police agency “comes from the heart,” wrote Jami Resch on Monday (local time) on Twitter.
Resch had started her job less than six months ago, according to local media reports, and now asked Lieutenant Chuck Lovell if he wanted to replace her. “It will be difficult. I have no illusions,” Lovell said at a press conference on Monday (local time). But it was also difficult to take to the streets every day and demand justice.
Former Vice President Biden: Floyd will change the world
Tuesday, June 9th, 2:03 am: The death of African-American George Floyd marks a turning point in US history, according to US Democratic President-elect, Joe Biden. The ex-vice president met with his wife Jill in the Texas city of Houston for around an hour on Monday, relatives of Floyd, including his six-year-old daughter Gianna. She had recently said that her father had changed the world. “I think her father will change the world,” Biden told CBS, alluding to Gianna’s statement. “I think what happened here is one of those major turning points in American history when it comes to civil liberties, civil rights, and the fair treatment of people with dignity.”
Bail for police officers charged at $ 1 million
11.40 p.m .: A white policeman charged with killing African American George Floyd could be bailed out on bail pending a possible sentence. At least $ 1 million would have to be deposited as security for his temporary release, the Minnesota state court said on Monday at the beginning of the police officer’s first hearing. According to a corresponding document, it was determined that the accused should not leave the state and should not work as a police officer. In addition, he is therefore prohibited from contacting Floyd’s family, and he must also hand in his firearms.
Among other things, the investigators charged the police officer with second-degree murder. This is a sentence of up to 40 years in the United States. Three other police officers involved were also charged.
Monday’s hearing was the first in the case, the next is scheduled for June 29. Floyd’s brutal death had sparked outcry, protests, and sometimes violent riots in many US cities.
Hundreds say goodbye in Texas: George Floyd laid out in a golden coffin
10:32 pm: African American George Floyd, who was killed in a police operation, was laid out in a church in the US state of Texas before the funeral. Hundreds of visitors to The Fountain of Praise Church in the southwest of the city of Houston said goodbye to Floyd on Monday, whose brutal death in late May sparked a nationwide outcry, protests, and riots.
Floyd’s shiny gold coffin in the church was open, TV pictures showed people being released to his body one after the other. Among them were several uniformed men and a man who knelt before the victim. Several people also raised their fists in front of the coffin as a sign of the fight against racism. Due to the danger from the corona virus, strict security measures apply at the funeral service. Photos showed how the body temperature of visitors in front of the church was measured. People – mostly wearing a face mask – were asked to keep their distance.
Floyd is due to be buried in Pearland near Houston on Tuesday. Floyd had grown up in Houston.
Stranglehold to be banned: France wants to suspend police officers in the event of racism
6:20 pm: France wants to crack down on racism and excessive police violence: Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced on Monday in Paris the “systematic” suspension of any official who has been proven to be racist. Controversial police methods such as the stranglehold on arrests are also to be banned.
The Interior Ministry is responding to protests by tens of thousands of French against police violence. Around 23,000 people remembered the death of Black Adama Traoré, who died in police custody in a Paris suburb in 2016. The demonstrations were influenced by the mass protests in the United States after the death of African American George Floyd.
Interior Minister Castaner also promised to reform disciplinary procedures. Their number had skyrocketed in the past year in connection with violence against “yellow vests”. For most officials, however, this had no consequences.
Remembering George Floyd: Democrats kneel for almost nine minutes
5:19 p.m .: In memory of the brutal death of African-American George Floyd, leading US Democrats in Congress were on their knees for almost nine minutes. Party members, including House Representative Nancy Pelosi, remained silent in the state capitol in Washington for eight minutes and 46 seconds on Monday – the time a white police officer had his knee on the neck of the man on the ground two weeks ago Floyd had pressed.
Man shoots participants at anti-racism rally in Seattle
11.37 a.m .: A protester was shot at an anti-racism rally in the US city of Seattle. The alleged perpetrator was arrested, the police said. Recordings on Q13Fox TV showed a man steering his car towards the demonstrators and then walking towards the crowd with a pistol in hand.
According to the rescue workers, a protester was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound. According to Q13Fox, the man had shot him in the arm from his car. The police said they arrested a suspect and seized a gun. There are apparently no other victims.
The nationwide protests against racism and police violence are in response to the violent death of African American George Floyd. The 46-year-old was killed in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis two weeks ago.
After George Floyd’s Death: Is Police Reform in the USA?
09.48 a.m .: Two weeks after Floyd’s death in a brutal police operation, anti-racism efforts in the United States are increasingly focused on police reform. African American MPs from the opposition Democrats plan to bring a legislative initiative to Congress to strengthen police control across the country this Monday.
Among other things, the apparently aims to make it easier for police officers to be prosecuted for operations with fatal consequences. However, it is highly uncertain whether the advance has a chance. The House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats, while the Senate – the other Chamber of Congress – is controlled by the Republican Party of President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Provisional Minister of Homeland Security Chad Wolf denied that there was systemic racism in the police. Justice Minister Bill Barr said on CBS that he was against any law change that would weaken the protection of police officers from legal persecution. Police reform initiatives are already underway in several US cities.
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