Mass protests go on but violence down after officials & family members’ pleas as George Floyd case given to Minnesota AG

MASS protests have continued across the United States – but violence is down following officials and family members’ pleas as George Floyd’s case is given to the Minnesota Attorney General.

On Sunday, Governor Tim Walz appointed the states AG Keith Ellison to the prosecution of any cases arising from the 46-year-old’s death.

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has been appointed George Floyd’s case[/caption]

Ellison confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “It with a large degree of humility and a great seriousness, I accept for my office the responsibility for leadership on this critical case involving the killing of George Floyd.

“We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case.”

Ellison will assist Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the case – and the pair plan to meet on Monday to begin their work.

The governor said that he had spoken to Floyd’s family, who said they wanted Ellison to take on the case.

Terrence said that his brother was a ‘gentle giant’
America has been protesting the death of George Floyd

Floyd’s family also spoke out further on Sunday, expressing that they condemn the violent protests taking place across the country and say that George stood for peace.

George’s younger brother Terrance told ABC: “I’m outraged too. Sometimes I get angry. I want to go crazy.

“My brother wasn’t about that. You’ll hear a lot of people saying, ‘He was a gentle giant.’”

Despite days of chaos, Sunday’s protests did not appear to reach the levels of mass destruction that have been seen in the past five nights.

Instead, some police officers were seen showing solidarity with the protesters.

Cops in Miami and New York knelt in honor of the late George Floyd.

Floyd died on Monday after white officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

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Police officers in Miami kneeled in tribute to George Floyd[/caption]

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Cops in New York also paid their respects[/caption]

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Sunday’s protests appeared to be a lot more peaceful[/caption]

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Marches took place in New York[/caption]

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Protesters in Pennsylvania simulated the position that George Floyd was in during custody[/caption]

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Demonstrators followed suit in Wisconsin[/caption]

However, in other parts of the country where violence is still rife, the National Guard have been deployed.

In Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee called for the soldiers to remain mobilized across the state to help quell the riots.

“The right to peaceful protest is foundational to our country, but the violence and vandalism that occurred in Nashville last night was unlawful and tears at the fabric of our community,” the governor said in a statement.

“We have reason to believe that many of those involved in unlawful acts are not Tennesseans and we will be working with law enforcement to investigate this further and bring those responsible to justice.”

The soldiers have also been deployed in Illinois, after Mayor Lightfoot pleaded for the officers to help cease violence in Chicago.

Governor JB Pritzker said: “Early this morning Mayor Lightfoot requested deployment of the Illinois National Guard to assist the City of Chicago in its work to protect communities and keep people safe.

“As governor it’s my job to respond when our municipalities ask for assistance.”

Pritzker singed a disaster proclamation and deployed 375 military police officers to the city.

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Looting continued in California[/caption]

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Firefighters put out a fire in a looted GAP store[/caption]

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Looters carried trashbags of stolen goods[/caption]

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Police officers were present in Santa Monica[/caption]

However, in California, riots still continued despite the Guard’s presence.

On Sunday, the state saw an elevation in violence – with “protesters” breaking into stores and stealing stock.

In Santa Monica, Los Angeles, banks, retail stores and independent businesses were being looted.

Some of the stores were even having fires set alight inside of them.

Nearly 400 people were arrested in Los Angeles on Saturday, forcing officials to put curfews in place for the rest of the weekend.

Los Angeles County declared a 6pm to 6am curfew for its 10 million residents, though the cities of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, imposed 4pm curfews.

San Francisco set a curfew of 8pm and San Jose had an 8.30pm curfew.

However, many Californians appeared to flout the time restrictions.

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Protesters have been advised to wear face masks[/caption]

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Officials are worried the mass protests will lead to another wave of the virus[/caption]

Experts that the continual large protests across the country could lead to new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN that she was worried about the protests could lead to an increase in COVID-19 infections in communities of color, who she noted have been “hit harder.”

Bottoms said: “I’m extremely concerned when we are seeing mass gatherings.

“…We’re going to see the other side of this in a couple of weeks.”

The Mayor has also urged protesters to get tested for the infection.

Larry Hogan, the Governor of Maryland, also told CNN that the protests could cause a spike.

“There’s no question that when you put a hundred or thousands of people together in close proximity when we’ve got this virus all over the streets, it’s not healthy.

“… Two weeks from now across America we’re going to find out whether or not this gives us a spike and drives the numbers back up.”

Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told CBS that Minnesota had seen a rise in cases before the protests and predicted this would only go up.

“This country isn’t through this epidemic. This is continuing to expand, but at a much slower rate, but it’s still expanding.”

Dr Theodore Long, who is leading New York City’s contact tracing efforts, also urged protesters to get tested for the coronavirus.

“We strongly encourage anybody who is out in the protests to wear a mask, practice proper hand hygiene and to the extent possible, socially distance, though we know that’s not always going to be feasible,” the doctor said, according to the New York Times.

 

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