The death of African-American George Floyd by police officers 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. Incidents occur repeatedly during demonstrations in the USA and Europe. All information in the FOCUS Online news ticker.
The essentials in brief:
- After the violent death of African-American George Floyd, protests and criticism of the president have increased in the United States
- All officials involved have been arrested – the policeman who is held responsible for Floyd’s death is now facing a second-degree trial, among other things, for murder
- Hundreds attended Floyd’s funeral service, with US civil rights activist William Lawson indirectly calling for Trump to be voted out
- Los Angeles police prohibit stranglehold
Fear of new wave of infections: US National Guardsmen infected after protests
Wednesday, June 10th, 6:17 p.m .: The United States National Guard has seen cases of coronavirus infection after serving in anti-racism protests in Washington. This was announced on Tuesday by a spokeswoman for the National Guard unit of the capital. She did not want to disclose the number of cases of infection. The contagion cases among the soldiers are likely to fuel concerns that the current mass protests in the United States could promote the renewed spread of the virus.
The Washington National Guard’s infections were found, according to the spokeswoman, after the force had been involved in protests near the White House. Many of the demonstrators wore respirators, but not all. Many members of the security forces did not wear masks.
The members of the group had been tested for the coronavirus before and after their protests, the spokeswoman said. President Donald Trump ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Washington on Sunday. The situation in the capital is now “under perfect control,” he said. There have been repeated riots on the fringes of the nationwide anti-racism demonstrations.
The United States National Guard consists of reservists. It was last used in many US cities to contain the riots. 1,700 National Guard members had been mobilized in Washington.
When Geroge Floyd’s coffin is carried out of the church, visitors raise their fists
11:04 pm: After a moving memorial service for George Floyd, the body of the African American killed in a brutal police operation is on the way to his final resting place. When his coffin was brought out of The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas, many visitors raised their fists as a sign of the fight against racism, as shown on TV pictures. Escorted by the police, Floyd’s body is now taken to a cemetery in the neighboring town of Pearland. The last mile (about 1.6 kilometers) of the procession, his coffin is said to be transported in a horse-drawn carriage. According to consistent media reports, Floyd is then buried next to his mother’s grave on Tuesday.
US civil rights activist indirectly calls for Trump to be voted out of office at Floyd funeral service
9:45 pm: US civil rights activist William Lawson indirectly called for the elections of US President Donald Trump at the funeral service for George Floyd. The struggle to overcome racism must not end after George Floyd’s funeral, the retired pastor said Tuesday in the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston. “We can make sure that we don’t stop the fight.” With applause from the mourners, Lawson added, “Of course, the first thing we need to do is sweep out the White House.” He did not mention Trump’s name.
Looking at Floyd’s death and subsequent protests, Lawson said far beyond the United States: “His death has given rise to a movement, a worldwide movement. And this movement will not stop after two weeks, three weeks, one month. This movement will change the world. “
Five streets in New York will be called “Black Lives Matter” in the future
9.05 p.m .: After days of protests against racism and police brutality after the death of African American George Floyd, five streets in New York are to be named “Black Lives Matter” in the future. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that a major street in each of the five metropolitan areas of the metropolis – Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Bronx – should be renamed accordingly. In addition, the lettering should be painted on a street in every district, for example in Manhattan near the town hall.
Previously, the Mayor of the US capital Washington, Muriel Bowser, had arranged that the square in front of the White House should now be called “Black Lives Matter” square. In addition, she had “Black Lives Matter” painted in huge yellow letters on the street there – in German, for example: Black lives count. The protests were triggered by the death of African-American George Floyd in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis in late May.
“We’re Celebrating His Life”: Hundreds in Texas mourn George Floyd
8 p.m .: “We’re celebrating his life”: The funeral service for the funeral of the African American George Floyd, who was killed in a brutal police operation, began in Houston, Texas. 500 guests were invited to the ceremony in the “Fountain of Praise” church on Tuesday – relatives, friends, politicians and celebrities such as rapper Paul Wall and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Many of the guests appeared in white clothes.
“We celebrate his life,” said Pastor Remus Wright at the beginning of the service. Co-Pastor Mia Wright added: “We can cry, we can grieve, we will find comfort and we will find hope.” As was the case last week at a ceremony in Minneapolis, the funeral speech was to be given by the well-known pastor and civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
Already on Monday, more than 6,000 people said goodbye to Floyd. On Tuesday morning, policemen stood trellis and saluted when Floyd’s coffin was brought to church. The father of the family, who grew up in Houston and spent most of his life there, is buried alongside his mother, Larcenia, who died in 2018.
Floyd’s violent death two weeks ago has sparked nationwide protests against police violence and racism. A white policeman had put his knee on the neck of the 46-year-old for almost nine minutes after he was arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, although Floyd repeatedly complained that he was unable to breathe. Floyd’s sentence “I can’t breathe” went around the world.
Police officer Derek Chauvin was released after the crime, arrested and accused of “second degree murder”. This can be punished with up to 40 years in prison in the United States. Three other police officers who were involved in Floyd’s arrest are charged with the aid.
The Floyd case has given fresh impetus to US police reforms. Critics complain that police officers usually go unpunished if they use excessive force in operations. In the United States, blacks are often victims of police violence.
Could be “Antifa provocateur”: Donald Trump blames 75-year-old for police attacks in Buffalo
5:35 p.m .: The police attack on a 75-year-old protester in the US city of Buffalo caused outrage last week – now President Donald Trump has spoken of a possible “card game”. The protester Martin Gugino could be an “antifa provocateur”, Trump wrote on Tuesday in the short message service Twitter. “I looked at it, it fell harder than it was hit.”
Gugino also apparently “scanned police communications to turn off the equipment,” the president continued. Possibly it is a “card game”.
A video of the police attack on Gugino in Buffalo, New York, had caused outrage last week: two police officers had knocked down the 75-year-old in demonstrations against police violence after the death of African-American George Floyd. Gugino fell backwards on the floor and lay motionless and bleeding. He is still in the hospital.
The two police officers were suspended. New York governor Andrew Cuomo condemned her actions as “completely unjustified and extremely disgraceful”.
In his tweet, Trump referred to the right-wing broadcaster OANN on Tuesday, which repeatedly spreads conspiracy theories. OANN had reported that the Buffalo incident may have been a “provocation” by Antifa. Gugino tried to scan the police communication with his cell phone.
The video of the incident shows that the protester is holding a cell phone in his hand as he approaches the police. Scanner apps that can be used to eavesdrop on radio communications from police officers are legal and widespread in the United States.
Trump, who has repeatedly blamed Antifa for rioting on the fringes of police violence and racism, made his tweet in Houston a few hours before George Floyd’s funeral. Floyd had been killed in a brutal police operation in the city of Minneapolis two weeks ago. A white policeman pressed his knee on the African American’s neck for almost nine minutes, although Floyd repeatedly complained that he was unable to breathe.
Funeral in Texas: thousands commemorate Floyd
3.16pm: Before the funeral of African American George Floyd, who was killed in a brutal police operation, in Houston, more than 6,000 people said goodbye to the 46-year-old’s coffin on Monday. Many mourners knelt before the body of Floyd or said silent prayers. In Washington, the opposition Democrats in Congress thought Floyd would kneel. The White House immediately rejected a police reform proposed by the Democrats.
The coffin was kept in the Fountain of Praise church in Floyd’s hometown of Houston for six hours. Because of the corona pandemic, most of the funeral guests wore respirators.
The memory of Floyd “brings us closer together as a country,” said 41-year-old Kevin Sherrod, who had come to church with his wife and two sons. “Being here with my boys means a lot to me. This is an important point in history and they will always remember that they were part of it.”
Floyd laid out in Texas – Biden visits family, Trump talks about law enforcement
1:05 p.m .: A good two weeks after his death in a brutal police operation, African-American George Floyd is buried in Texas on Tuesday. The day before was marked by mourning: Hundreds of people said goodbye to a church on the laid-up coffin in the metropolis of Houston.
The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, met with Floyd’s family. “It is difficult enough to grieve, but it is much more difficult to do it in public,” Biden said afterwards to CBS. “It is much more difficult when the whole world watches you.”
Trump met security officials in front of the cameras in front of the running cameras, whom he attested to law enforcement records. Biden spoke in Houston where Floyd had grown up and where the funeral service takes place on Tuesday, among others with his six-year-old daughter Gianna.
Los Angeles police prohibit stranglehold
11.42 a.m .: The Los Angeles police have suspended a controversial arrest method with immediate effect. The stranglehold, which stops the blood supply to the brain, should initially no longer be used, the city’s police department (LAPD) announced on Monday (local time) on its website. In addition, he will initially be banned from the training program for police officers. This moratorium should apply until an investigation report is submitted. In its communication, the LAPD did not specifically address the current US protests against police violence.
California’s governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that it wanted to ban the stranglehold. He had promised a legal regulation. Similar efforts have been made in many places in the United States: New York state governor Andrew Cuomo presented a bill on Friday that would, among other things, ban the stranglehold on police operations. Minneapolis, where African-American George Floyd died in an arrest, also announced major police reforms. Officials should no longer use strangleholds there in the future, Mayor Jacob Frey had said.
Suspected Ku-Klux Klan member is said to have attacked protesters by car
8:31 am: A suspected supporter of the racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has been arrested in Virginia, who is said to have intentionally driven his car into a group of anti-racism protesters. The 36-year-old is accused of assault and vandalism, among other things, as the public prosecutor of the Henrico district announced on Monday via the short message service Twitter. According to media reports, the man should describe himself as a KKK leadership member.
A protester was slightly injured in the incident near Richmond City on Sunday, the media said. The arrested man drove his vehicle directly to the peaceful group of demonstrators, then accelerated and drove into the group, Prosecutor Shannon Taylor said.
The incident commemorates the fatal car attack on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. At that time, a neo-Nazi had driven into a group of people who had demonstrated against a march by right-wing extremists. A woman was killed and 29 other people injured. The attacker was sentenced to life and another 419 years in prison.
Current nationwide protests against racism in the United States were sparked by the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation in the state of Minnesota two weeks ago.
After George Floyd’s death: Lewis Hamilton on racist monuments: “Demolish them. Everywhere”
07.36 a.m .: “All statues of racist men who made money selling a human being should be demolished,” Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton writes on his Instagram channel. Hamilton posts impressions of an anti-racism demonstration in Bristol. A statue of Edward Colston was torn down there – a benefactor who supported British poorhouses and schools in the 17th and early 18th centuries, but who made his money primarily through the slave trade.
Hamilton writes on Instagram: “Colston was a monster that bought and sold people and forced them into slavery until they died.” He should never have received a statue, according to the Formula 1 driver. Hamilton is “proud” of those who demolished the monument and demands: “tear it down. Everywhere.”
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: George 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 for eight minutes and 46 seconds in the Capitol building in Washington, DC 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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