Riots after death by police officers: George Floyd death: Trump is sued – 3 police officers soon on bail?
The death of the African American George Floyd shakes the United States: there are repeated riots in numerous cities. US President Trump has threatened to stop military violence in the country if necessary.
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 murder case, including up to 40 years in prison.
UScivil rights activist sue Trump over police action against demonstrators
6:15 p.m .: US civil rights activists have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for using tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters outside the White House. The operation on Monday was illegal because the demonstrators had behaved peacefully, the civil rights organization ACLU and other groups argue in their lawsuit filed on Thursday. The lawsuit was also directed against Justice Secretary Bill Barr and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
After the massive police operation, Trump had walked to a church near his office. The day before, St. John’s Church had been damaged by fire during the protests against racism and excessive police violence and smeared with graffiti. The President had his picture taken in front of the church with the Bible in his hand.
Trump has carried out a “criminal attack” on protesters, ACLU representative Scott Michelman said. This would “shake the foundations of the nation’s constitutional order.”
The police operation at the White House has sparked much criticism in the United States. Trump’s designated challenger in the November election, Joe Biden, was outraged that Trump “had tear gas and rubber bullets fired at protesters” for a photo op. Justice Minister Barr defended the police operation on Thursday. He asserted that this had nothing to do with Trump’s walking to the church afterwards.
Nationwide anti-racism protests have been taking place in the United States since last week. They were triggered by the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis. There were repeated riots in the course of the protests.
Court documents show: three police officers could be released on bail
11.31 p.m .: In the case of African American George Floyd, who was killed in a brutal arrest, three former police officers involved could soon be released on bail. They would have to deposit $ 1 million as collateral, as court documents from the state of Minnesota showed on Thursday. Should they accept certain conditions, including a ban on contacts with Floyd’s family, the amount would be reduced to $ 750,000. The process is scheduled to start in a few months.
The three former police officers are accused of complicity in the murder of Floyd. They face long prison terms. A fourth ex-cop, Derek C., is considered the prime suspect. Among other things, he is accused of second-degree murder, which means up to 40 years in prison. He is due to be brought before the judge next week.
Floyd had died in a brutal arrest in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday last week. Derek C. had pressed his knee into the neck of the Floyd lying on the floor for almost nine minutes – despite all requests from the 46-year-old to let him breathe. The officer and three other police officers involved were released immediately after the incident became known.
Funeral service in Minneapolis for George Floyd
9.41 p.m .: A funeral service in Minneapolis commemorates the African American George Floyd, who was killed in a police operation in the US city.
Relatives, friends, politicians and personalities such as civil rights icon Jesse Jackson took part in the ceremony at Christian University North Central on Thursday. The well-known pastor and civil rights activist Al Sharpton was supposed to deliver the funeral speech. A golden coffin with Floyd’s body was laid out in the room.
Additional ceremonies are scheduled to take place elsewhere in the coming days. Next Tuesday, Floyd will be buried in the Texas city of Houston, where he grew up.
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“Heard how he pleaded”: Freund describes George Floyd’s last minutes
7.30 p.m .: According to a friend who was present, George Floyd did not resist the arrest. “He has been humble from the start trying to show that he is not resisting in any form,” Maurice Lester Hall told The New York Times on Wednesday night. “I heard him plead: ‘Please, why is that all?'”
According to the New York Times, Hall was sitting in the passenger seat of the car from which the police dragged Floyd when he was arrested. Later, a white policeman knocked Floyd’s neck on the floor for almost nine minutes, although the African American repeatedly complained that he was unable to breathe.
“He was screaming for help because he was dying,” Hall told The New York Times. “I will always remember the fear on Floyd’s face because he is such a king. I can’t let go of that: seeing an adult man cry, and then seeing an adult man die.”
Hall left Minneapolis after Floyd’s death, according to the New York Times. The 42-year-old was tracked down by police at the beginning of the week in Houston, Texas, and questioned about Floyd’s death. There were therefore several arrest warrants against Hall for earlier offenses.
George Floyd’s daughter does not yet know how her father was killed
3.37 p.m .: The six-year-old Gianna does not yet know the story behind her father’s death. The little girl should not experience the cruel circumstances at first. One thing her mother Roxie made clear to the little ones: “Dad changed the world”.
The six-year-old and her mother Roxie Washington appeared on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning, where Gianna said with a smile: “I miss him. He always played with me. “
As the “Dailymail” reports, her mother reveals that Gianna doesn’t know the whole story. “I told her that her father died because he couldn’t breathe,” she said.
“He loved me very much”: George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter speaks out
“Shocking failure”: ex-presidents scourge racism – and button up Trump
10.42 a.m .: The four former US presidents still alive have now condemned systematic racism in the United States. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama commented on the continuing inequality and disadvantage of black people in the United States. All of them also sounded – more or less directly – criticism of the government of President Donald Trump. Trump has condemned Floyd’s death several times. However, he is accused of not clearly positioning himself against racism and of not showing enough understanding for the anger about continued discrimination.
Obama, the only black US president to date, described the peaceful protests as an opportunity to make progress in the fight against “institutionalized racism” in the United States. It was impressive and a sign of hope that people of all walks of life and skin tones took part in protests across the country, Obama said on Wednesday (local time). The recent events are an “incredible opportunity” because many people are aware of existing disadvantages for the first time. There is a “change of mindset”, he said.
Carter said: “We need a government that is as good as its population, and we are better than that.” And Bush described the problem of racism as “shocking failure” of society.
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Charges against police officer Chauvin exacerbated once again
06.32 a.m .: After the death of African-American George Floyd during his brutal arrest, three other US police officers have been formally accused. Arrest warrants have been issued for helping with a homicide, Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison said in Minneapolis on Wednesday. At the same time, the allegations against the chiefly accused police officer Derek Chauvin, who had pressed Floyd’s knee on the neck for minutes, were intensified.
He is now charged with “second degree murder”. This roughly corresponds to homicide in a particularly serious case and can be punished with up to 40 years in prison. So far, Chauvin has been charged with a “third degree murder”, which results in up to 25 years in prison. A “first degree murder” would correspond to the definition of murder in Germany and would be punished with life imprisonment.
Chauvin had been arrested last week. The three other policemen Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, who were involved in Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis on Monday last week, had only been released from the police force. Floyd’s family and numerous demonstrators across the country had asked to be arrested.
Autopsy shows: killed George Floyd was infected with the corona virus
06.28 a.m .: African American George Floyd, killed in a brutal police operation, was infected with the corona virus, according to an official autopsy. However, the infection was not related to his death, especially since it had been known since April and “most likely” he had no symptoms, as the autopsy report released on Wednesday evening (local time) said. Floyd’s family agreed to the publication, it said.
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