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NBC News 1 Jun 2020

Some Police Officers Show Support For George Floyd Protesters

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Amid growing protests over the death of George Floyd, some police officers denounced his death, and sometimes joined the protests.


Thousand of protesters gathered in Minneapolis demanding justice for George Floyd after he died in police custody. The protest reached its boiling point when police fired tear gas at demonstrators. CBS News chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues spoke to Floyd's family. He joined CBSN to share what they said and what's next for the officers involved.
Thousands of people have gathered in Houston, Texas for the funeral of George Floyd, the African-American man whose death while being detained by police has caused outrage around the world.

Four police officers in Minneaoplis where Mr Floyd died have been sacked and charged over their involvement in his death.

The episode has exposed America's racial divisions to the greatest degree since the 1960s. The nation's politics, in a presidential election year, is equally polarised.

The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Mr Floyd's death was "one of the great inflection points in American history". President Trump has accused Mr Biden of wanting to help "robbers and rapists" by taking funds from the police.

The death of George Floyd and the violent behaviour of the Minneapolis police have led to a wave of demonstrations against racism across the UK, including the toppling of a statue of the slave-trader Edward Colston in Bristol. Attention has now turned to other public memorials including one to the imperialist Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College in Oxford.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Barbara Plett Usher in Houston, Texas and Reeta Chakrabarti in Oxford.
The Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd will be facing second-degree murder charges. The other three officers involved have also been charged.

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The nation's capital saw heightened security as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd. Three other officers were charged in his death, and charges were upgraded for a fourth. Meanwhile, current and former top White House officials spoke against how President Trump is handling the protests. Natalie Brand joins CBSN with the latest.

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EXAMPLES OF UNITY, GIVING US HOPE FOR WHAT’S TO COME.
GIVING US HOPE FOR WHAT’S TO COME. HERE’S GADI SCHWARTZ.
WHAT’S TO COME. HERE’S GADI SCHWARTZ. >> Reporter: THE
HERE’S GADI SCHWARTZ. >> Reporter: THE SCENES ARE
>> Reporter: THE SCENES ARE DISHEARTENING, THE
SCENES ARE DISHEARTENING, THE DISTRUST, THE DOUBT,
DISHEARTENING, THE DISTRUST, THE DOUBT, THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY
DISTRUST, THE DOUBT, THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY THE YOUNGEST AMONG US,
THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY THE YOUNGEST AMONG US, AM I NEXT, IS MY DAD
THE YOUNGEST AMONG US, AM I NEXT, IS MY DAD NEXT?
AM I NEXT, IS MY DAD NEXT? THE PLEA, PLEASE STOP
NEXT? THE PLEA, PLEASE STOP KILLING US.
THE PLEA, PLEASE STOP KILLING US. PEACE SEEMS OUT OF
KILLING US. PEACE SEEMS OUT OF REACH, BUT ON THE
PEACE SEEMS OUT OF REACH, BUT ON THE PICTURES OF DIVISION,
REACH, BUT ON THE PICTURES OF DIVISION, THERE ARE MOMENTS LIKE
PICTURES OF DIVISION, THERE ARE MOMENTS LIKE THESE.
THERE ARE MOMENTS LIKE THESE. >> DON’T THINK FOR A
THESE. >> DON’T THINK FOR A SECOND THAT HE
>> DON’T THINK FOR A SECOND THAT HE REPRESENTS WHO THESE
SECOND THAT HE REPRESENTS WHO THESE COPS ARE FROM ALL OVER
REPRESENTS WHO THESE COPS ARE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY AND AROUND
COPS ARE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY AND AROUND THIS NATION.
THE COUNTY AND AROUND THIS NATION. WE ARE OUT THERE TO
THIS NATION. WE ARE OUT THERE TO HELP PEOPLE, NOT DO
WE ARE OUT THERE TO HELP PEOPLE, NOT DO THAT NONSENSE.
HELP PEOPLE, NOT DO THAT NONSENSE. >> Reporter: IN FLINT,
THAT NONSENSE. >> Reporter: IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, CHRIS
>> Reporter: IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, CHRIS SWANSON SAYING THE
MICHIGAN, CHRIS SWANSON SAYING THE POLICE FORCE IS WITH
SWANSON SAYING THE POLICE FORCE IS WITH THEM.
POLICE FORCE IS WITH THEM. >> I TOOK THE HELMET
THEM. >> I TOOK THE HELMET OUT AND LAID THE
>> I TOOK THE HELMET OUT AND LAID THE BATONS DOWN.
OUT AND LAID THE BATONS DOWN. I WANT TO MAKE THIS A
BATONS DOWN. I WANT TO MAKE THIS A PARADE, NOT A PROTEST.
I WANT TO MAKE THIS A PARADE, NOT A PROTEST. >> Reporter: ACROSS
PARADE, NOT A PROTEST. >> Reporter: ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SOME
>> Reporter: ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SOME OFFICERS IN PROTECTIVE
THE COUNTRY, SOME OFFICERS IN PROTECTIVE GEAR TAKING A KNEE,
OFFICERS IN PROTECTIVE GEAR TAKING A KNEE, AND FAR SLIGHT MOMENT
GEAR TAKING A KNEE, AND FAR SLIGHT MOMENT THEY AND THE CROWD
AND FAR SLIGHT MOMENT THEY AND THE CROWD BECOME ONE.
THEY AND THE CROWD BECOME ONE. FOR POLICE IN CORAL
BECOME ONE. FOR POLICE IN CORAL GABLES
FOR POLICE IN CORAL GABLES GABLES, KEEPS THE
GABLES GABLES, KEEPS THE PEACE --
GABLES, KEEPS THE PEACE -- >> I’M HURT AS MUCH AS
PEACE -- >> I’M HURT AS MUCH AS I SAW WHEN I DO WHEN A
>> I’M HURT AS MUCH AS I SAW WHEN I DO WHEN A COP GETS KILLED.
I SAW WHEN I DO WHEN A COP GETS KILLED. >> Reporter: A POLICE
COP GETS KILLED. >> Reporter: A POLICE CHIEF
>> Reporter: A POLICE CHIEF CHIEF WALKING IN LOCK
CHIEF CHIEF WALKING IN LOCK STEP WITH PROTESTERS.
CHIEF WALKING IN LOCK STEP WITH PROTESTERS. >> IT’S AN OUTRAGE.
STEP WITH PROTESTERS. >> IT’S AN OUTRAGE. I UNDERSTAND.
>> IT’S AN OUTRAGE. I UNDERSTAND. RIGHTFULLY SO.
I UNDERSTAND. RIGHTFULLY SO. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER
RIGHTFULLY SO. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER AS LAW ENFORCEMENT.
WE HAVE TO BE BETTER AS LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER.
AS LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER. >> Reporter: HOUSTON’S
WE HAVE TO BE BETTER. >> Reporter: HOUSTON’S CHIEF ACEVEDO SPENDING
>> Reporter: HOUSTON’S CHIEF ACEVEDO SPENDING THE WEEKEND TRYING TO
CHIEF ACEVEDO SPENDING THE WEEKEND TRYING TO HEAL HIS CITY.
THE WEEKEND TRYING TO HEAL HIS CITY. >> THIS CITY IS A CITY
HEAL HIS CITY. >> THIS CITY IS A CITY OF BLACK AND WHITE AND
>> THIS CITY IS A CITY OF BLACK AND WHITE AND BROWN AND LEGAL AND
OF BLACK AND WHITE AND BROWN AND LEGAL AND ILLEGAL ALL GETTING
BROWN AND LEGAL AND ILLEGAL ALL GETTING TOGETHER BECAUSE WE
ILLEGAL ALL GETTING TOGETHER BECAUSE WE JUDGE EACH OTHER BY
TOGETHER BECAUSE WE JUDGE EACH OTHER BY THE CONTENT OF YOUR
JUDGE EACH OTHER BY THE CONTENT OF YOUR HEARTS.
THE CONTENT OF YOUR HEARTS. >> Reporter: GLIMPSES
HEARTS. >> Reporter: GLIMPSES OF HOPE BREAKING
>> Reporter: GLIMPSES OF HOPE BREAKING THROUGH THE DAYS OF
OF HOPE BREAKING THROUGH THE DAYS OF RAGE, OFFERING A
THROUGH THE DAYS OF RAGE, OFFERING A CHANCE THAT SOMEHOW

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