Hundreds of people held a private memorial in honor of George Floyd in his North Carolina birth town.
A protest in Portland, Oregon, turned to unrestÂ late Saturday, with police reportedly firing pepper balls and threatening forceÂ to disperse a crowd, after a day of peaceful demonstrations across the country and a stirring memorial service for George Floyd.
In Portland, a crowd protesting police brutality demonstrated for hours outside the county Justice Center, separated from officers by a chain-link fence. Protesters pushed on the fence, threw things over it and used homemade reflectors to shine light back at police,Â according to The Oregonian. Portland Police said demonstrators were trying to cut through the fence, pointing lasers at officersÂ andÂ throwing at them balloons filled with paint, water bottles, full beer cans, glass, fireworks and smoke bombs.
As midnight approached, police declared the assembly unlawful and told protesters to leave or they’d be “subject to use of force” or arrest. When most did not, groups of police herded crowds toward a nearby park. At least 50 people were arrested, Portland Police announced on Twitter early Sunday.
The unrest in Portland followed other peaceful demonstrations in the city byÂ thousands of people on Saturday. ItÂ contrasted with the peaceful outcomes in several major protests nationwide.
Protesters have continued to call for justice for Floyd, a black man killed when a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes as other officers stood by. Amid the demonstrations Saturday, multiple other police departments announced actions against officers tied to misconduct allegations.
Some recent developments:
- WashingtonÂ MayorÂ Muriel BowserÂ joined the crowd outside the White House and has demandedÂ Trump withdraw military and federal law enforcement from the city.
- Minneapolis officials voted Friday on the first changes to the police department since Floyd was killed on Memorial Day.Â
- Facing pressure from players,Â NFLC commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to do his part to fight against racismÂ and systematic oppression. USA TODAY’s Christine Brennan writes how this could be a watershed moment.
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â–º Emmett Till’s lynching ignited a civil rights movement. Historians say George Floyd’s death could do the same.Â
Protests continue nationwide
Protesters briefly stopped traffic whenÂ marchingÂ across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco,Â coveredÂ miles of highway near the LOVE statue in Philadelphia and chanted â€œRevolution, nothing less!â€ on Los Angeles’s Hollywood Boulevard Saturday. That’s in addition to the biggestÂ day of demonstrations yet in Washington, D.C.Â
In Philadelphia, moms with strollers, priests and nuns, groups of school teachersÂ and LGBTQ organizations were among the crowds that marched through downtown. Crowds surrounded the cityâ€™s police and National Guard troops at the Philadelphia Municipal Building. Still visible there:Â burn marks from patrol carsÂ toppled and torched by demonstrators in protests that turned violent and destructive last weekend. Later Saturday, the Philadelphia Inquirer said its top editor had resigned after outcry over a headline that had declared “Buildings Matter, Too.”Â
Late-night protests in Atlanta ended at the Georgia Capitol, where dozens of demonstrators faced a statue of former Gov. John Brown Gordon, a Confederate general believed to have been a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. “Tear down Gordon!” they shouted before dispersing, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
And inÂ Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey was booed by a large crowd after saying he did not support abolishing the city’s police department. As the mayor walked through the cr, chants of “Shame!” and “Go home, Jacob!” rang out in a video of the incident published by the New York Times.
Thousands gather inÂ WashingtonÂ on ninth day of protests
InÂ the ninth â€“ and by far the largest â€“Â day of demonstrations in the nation’s capital, thousands of protesters from all walks of lifeÂ poured into downtownÂ Washington Saturday.
ProtestersÂ gathered at the city’s most iconic sitesÂ â€“Â the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial and near the White House â€“ for simultaneous marches and mass demonstrations with an almost festive air.Â Â Even if protesters were not celebrating, the tension that had marked earlier demonstrations was not evident.Â
After marching down Constitution Avenue, thousands of protesters knelt at an intersection north of the Lincoln Memorial. Music blared up and down 16th Street, a main city artery.Â Most people wore masks to guard against COVID-19, but the idea of social distancing seemed a thing of the past.
The District of ColumbiaÂ metropolitan police declined to provide a crowd estimate, and with thousands of protesters gathered at multiple sites across the city, it was difficult to get an accurate assessment.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters on Friday that local officials were projecting between 100,000 and 200,000 protesters.
President Donald Trump spentÂ the day inside the White House and hadÂ no public appearances. Just before 7 p.m., he tweeted a message that seemed aimed at the scene outside his front door: “LAW & ORDER!”
After nightfall, half a dozen Secret Services agents engaged protesters outside the U.S. Treasury building in Washington Saturday. “Do you want an all-white police force?” asked one black officer. “When I take this uniform off, Iâ€™m still black.â€
â€“Â Rebecca Morin, David Jackson, Joey Garrison, Kristine Phillips, Nicholas Chu and John Fritze
Second Floyd memorial held in North Carolina
Floyd’s death while in police custody sparked “a movement” nationwide, his eulogist said, asÂ hundreds of mourners gatheredÂ SaturdayÂ in Raeford, North Carolina,Â to mourn his death while in police custody.Â
The memorial was heldÂ inside a churchÂ just outside Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Floyd was born. Before the service,Â the 46-year-old’s body was placed in the center of the lobby, where mourners from the public were allowed in groups of 10.
Rev. Christoppher D. Stackhouse delivered a stirring eulogy about Floyd, noting “there was something different about that day” he died under police custody in Minneapolis.
Floyd was a gentle giant who loved banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches, Stackhouse said.Â
“A movement is happening today, and George Floyd sparked that fuel,” Stackhouse said. “He sparked the fuel that is going to change this nation.”
As the memorial started, a crowd of peaceful protesters lined the road outside. Â A group of black men on horses rode into the parking lot, followed a few minutes later by a local motorcycle group. Flowers and signs lined the street, including one that read “George Floyd changed the world.”
â€“Â Ken Alltucker, Melody Brown-Peyton, Michael Futch, Rachael Riley
Thousands rally in London, across Australia
Following a series of protests seen across the world, thousands of people took a knee and observed a minute of silence Saturday in London in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. More protests were planned in the city and across England over the weekend.
In Australia, thousands of people also joinedÂ protests across the country. Dozens also gathered in Mexico City, Seoul, Tokyo, Rome and Berlin.
In Paris, police banned a protest planned for Saturday, citing fears of coronavirus spread and public unrest.
‘Love and humanity’: Couple married in Philadelphia amid protest
As thousands of people marched from Philadelphia’s Museum of Art to City Hall on Saturday, aÂ bride and groom in wedding attire emerged fromÂ the Logan HotelÂ and joined the protesters in a celebratory moment ofÂ love and hope.
Rachel Lopez, a professor of law at Drexel University, told USA TODAY that she was marching along when she came upon the wedding party. In Lopez’s video of the moment, the crowd parts for the bride and groom as they hold hands and kiss in the middle of the street, the marchers cheering and holding up “Black Lives Matter” signs.
“With all of the horrifying and shameful videos circulating on the internet right now, I am glad that mine is one of love and humanity!”Â Lopez said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the happy couple was Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon.
AG Barr unapologeticÂ for ordering law enforcementÂ to clear protesters
Attorney General William BarrÂ was unapologetic for ordering law enforcement to clear protesters from a street near the White House on Monday, asserting that some in the demonstration were throwing “projectiles” and had defied at least three orders to move to accommodate a larger security perimeter.
In his first public comments on the aggressive federal action that continues to fan a firestorm of criticism, the attorney general also defended President Donald Trump’s controversial visit to a nearby church later that evening after the street-clearing operation.
“It was not a political act,” Barr said of the visit where the president was photographed with a bible. “It was entirely appropriate for him to do.”
Barr claimed that his decision to expand the security perimeter around Lafayette Square was made early Monday, well before Trump’s decision to visit St. John’s Church, and was not coordinated.
â€“ Kevin Johnson
Judge limits police use of tear gas, rubber bullets in Denver
A federal judge is limiting police use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other non-lethal weapons against people protesting police brutality in Denver.
In a temporary restraining order issued late Friday, U.S. District Judge Brooke Jackson says the four people who sued the city had made a strong case the police had used excessive force. He says an on-scene supervisor with the rank of captain or above must approve the use of any chemical weapons and projectiles. They also must wear body cameras.Â
Denver police say they would comply with the order but would ask for some changes given the limitations of staffing and cameras.
â€“ Associated Press
Seattle mayor bans use of type of tear gas
Seattleâ€™s mayor has banned the police use of one type of tear gas as protests continue over the killing of George Floyd. Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference Friday that the ban on CS gas would last for 30 days.
The move came hours after three civilian police watchdog groups urged city leaders to do so. Police Chief Carmen Best says officials will review police crowd control policies.Â
Local health officials had also expressed concerns over the use of the gas and other respiratory irritants based on the potential to increase spread of the coronavirus.
â€“ Associated Press
Town hall on racism comes to ‘Sesame Street’
In a program aimed to educate children about racism, CNN and “Sesame Street”Â joined forces for a town hall Saturday.Â
Big Bird joined CNN commentator Van Jones, CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill in moderating the event, featuring other “Sesame Street” characters talking to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
â€“ Bryan Alexander
Two Chicago officers relieved of police powers afterÂ brutal encounter seen in video
Two Chicago officers have been relieved of their police powers after viral cellphone video showed officers dragging two people out of a car, one of whom says an officer pressed his knee into her neck.
Bystander video of the Chicago incident posted to social media appears to show a swarm of about a dozen male officers surrounding a small car in a strip mall parking lot on a sunny day, beating the car and its windows with batons. Officers appear to pull a person out of the passengerâ€™s side door and another person out on the driverâ€™s side. At least two officers appear to hold down the person pulled out of the passengerâ€™s side.
The Chicago Police DepartmentÂ relieved the two officersÂ Friday, one day after the department’s civilian police oversight agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA),Â recommended the departmentÂ “either modify their duty status or relieve them temporarily of police power until COPA can further assess the events and circumstances surrounding the use of force.”
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Michael Jordan, NFL say it’s time to address racial equality
Charlotte Hornets owner and Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and his Jordan Brand have pledged $100 million over 10 years to organizations “dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education,” Jordan Brand announced in a statement Friday afternoon.
And a day after a group of players released a video and challenged the NFL to join their fight against racism and systematic oppression, commissioner Roger Goodell responded with a video of his own and said he wants to do his part.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League.Â And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” Goodell said in a statement. “We are listening. I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”
The statement did not mentionÂ then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who four years ago began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and social injustices, earningÂ him banishment from the league the following offseason.
â€“ Jeff Zillgitt and Mike Jones
Contributing: Associated Press;Â James McGinnis, Bucks County Courier Times; Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY
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