Hours after George Floyd’s brother asked protesters to abstain from violence, the Minneapolis site where Floyd died last week was being treated as a sacred memorial.
The subdued scene was in sharp contrast with what was taking place in other cities across the country overnight where protesters were undeterred by curfews, enforced in an effort to curb the unrest that has erupted in the week since Floyd’s death in police custody.
Live updates”Our cities are boiling over because people are in pain,” Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds told CNN’s Don Lemon Monday night. “It’s about years and years and years of a lack of access to justice. It’s a lack of accountability on the part of the police departments.
It’s about the good officers not calling out the bad ones.”
Floyd’s family as well as many mayors and governors support the protests but have condemned the looting and violence that has led to multiple arrests nationwide.
Protesters have also been met with tear gas and rubber bullets by some police departments, though there have been examples of police joining demonstrators.
Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, spoke to those gathered in support of his brother Monday, delivering a simple message for those committing violence.”He would not want y’all to be doing this,” he said.
On the day Terrance Floyd appealed to protesters for peace, President Trump took an aggressive tact with demonstrators. Crowds were pushed back with tear gas to the clear the way for the President to be photographed in front of a historic church. He also threatened military deployment against the protest across the country.
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