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BBC News 3 Jun 2020

More US police officers charged over George Floyd death as protests continue

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All four police officers who were present when George Floyd was arrested in the US city of Minneapolis are now facing charges in connection with his death.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who was filmed kneeling on his neck, has had his charge increased to second degree murder. Three other police officers who were there have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.

George Floyd's death has sparked huge protests in cities across America. The US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has distanced himself from President Trump's suggestion that the military could be deployed to end the protests.

In London thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest over his death in an event organised by the campaign group Black Lives Matter.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Barbara Plett Usher, Clive Myrie and Chi Chi Izundu.


The four former police officers charged in connection with George Floyd's death appeared in court on Tuesday.

A Minneapolis judge heard arguments on whether to release police body cam footage.

The judge also reversed his decision to impose a gag order on the proceedings.

CGTN's Dan Williams reports.
Several Minneapolis Police Department officers have decided to leave their jobs in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. They also cite a lack of support from the department.
A grocery store worker called police to report a man used a counterfeit $20 bill, leading to the confrontation that ended in George Floyd's death. As Moustafa Bayoumi, a professor at Brooklyn College, explains, nuisance abatement laws force shop owners to act as "third party police." He joined CBSN to discuss how these laws disproportionately impact minority communities.
NBC News' Morgan Radford takes an in-depth look at the aftermath from the national unrest over George Floyd's death in police custody.

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