George Floyd

Sports • Basketball
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
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The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Wednesday NBA playoff game five against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is paralysed.

Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated: "We're tired of the killings and the injustice."

Some NBA players didn't want to resume the season after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. They decided to play, but with most players kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during pregame warmups.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Californian Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the party's vice presidential nomination, as the first Black and South Asian woman to do so in history.

In her speech, Harris addressed her late mother, stating: "Oh, how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America."

Harris said that she and Biden both share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love," and that Americans are "united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect."

Addressing racism and police brutality, Harris said that there was no vaccine for racism, therefore "we've got work to do. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. for our children, for all of us."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Fifteen US mayors sign letter opposing use of federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd.
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. Credit: unsplash.com/Tito Texidor III

Fifteen US mayors have addressed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf opposing the use of federal federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters. The letter is calling the act of deploying federal forces against protesters an "abuse of power" and is demanding the withdrawal of "extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from Portland and other American cities.

"These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes -- not our democracy [...] The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national uprising and reckoning. The majority of the protests have been peaceful and aimed at improving our communities. Where this is not the case, it still does not justify the use of federal forces. Unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values," the letter, posted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, said.

The list of mayors who signed the letter is as follows: Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle; Ted Wheeler, Portland; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago; Muriel Bowser, Washington DC; Quinton D. Lucas, Kansas City; Martin J. Walsh, Boston; Jim Kenny, Philadelphia; Michael Hancock, Denver; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles; Sam Liccardo, San Jose; Libby Schaaf, Oakland; Regina Romera, Tucson; Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento; Kate Gallego, Phoenix.

Portland officials had previously stated that federal officers were working in coordination with local law enforcement but have since come out saying that "coordination was not made with Portland police" as the "federal police have their marching order."

According to Chad Wolf, federal law enforcement had only been deployed to Portland. On Monday, Trump vowed to send federal officers to other cities.

Regional News • Americas • United States
George Floyd said "I can't breathe" over 20 times, body camera transcription shows
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota Credit: Screenshot via NYTimes' Transcript Copy

On Wednesday, the transcript of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's body camera footage detailing the last minutes of George Floyd's life was made public. George Floyd told the police officers over 20 times that he can't breathe, crying out "Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing," and "Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes, told Floyd at one point to "stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."

The transcripts were released as part of a motion filed by Lane's attorney Earl Gray who seeks to have Lane's charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death dismissed.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Tou Thao, ex-officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail
Tou Thao
Tou Thao Credit: Facebook Reproduction

Tou Thao, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail after posting a $750,000 bond. He had been held on $1 million bail with no conditions or $750,000 with conditions.

Thao should appear in court on September 11 on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

Now only Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck, is still in custody on $1.25 million bail.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin changes racist subway station name
Berlin changes racist subway station name
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The BVG, Berlin's public transport company, has announced that it would rename the subway station in the city centre named "Mohrenstraße" to "Glinkastraße".

The term "mohr" has been coined throughout colonial times and has a racist background as it was used as a medieval term for people from Northern Africa.

Activists had previously started a petition to rename the station and name-giving street, and had temporarily put up signs naming it "George Floyd Street".

Regional News • Americas • United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

Regional News • Europe
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
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In a resultion that bears no legal consequences, the European Parliment has denounced racism and white supremacism and declared that "Black Lives Matter". The resolution has been passed with 493 votes in favor and 104 votes against and "strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump admits he hasn't watched the full video of George Floyd's death
Trump on June 1, 2020
Trump on June 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

In a recent phone interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump admits that he hasn't watched the full video of George Floyd's death as it was too long. He went on saying that the officer responsible for Floyd's death appears to have "some big problems".

Trump told Hannity: "Well, the George Floyd case, nothing has to be said. I watched that. I couldn’t really watch it for that long a period of time, it was over eight minutes. Who could watch that? But it doesn’t get any more obvious or it doesn’t get any worse than that."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight loses advertisers over Black Lives Matter comment
Tucker Carlson at the 2018 Student Action Summit
Tucker Carlson at the 2018 Student Action Summit Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Many US companies have pulled advertising from Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight after Carlson's comment on the recent Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd. In his show on June 6, Carlson told viewers: "It is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will."

The list of companies that are distancing themselves from Carlson, include Disney, Papa John's Pizza and T-Mobile. Asked whether T-Mobile would support Carlon's message on Twitter, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert replied: "It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter"

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
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Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden did not attend George Floyd's funeral in person but spoke to attendees via a video link. In his speech, Biden called for racial justice, saying "Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask why. Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."

Biden also addressed Gianna, George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, telling her: "When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America. Then, Gianna, your daddy will have changed the world."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
TV show "Cops" gets canceled amid global outcry against police brutality
Logo of Reality TV Show "Cops"
Logo of Reality TV Show "Cops" Credit: Langley Productions / Public domain

Long-running reality TV show "Cops" has been cancelled after 32 seasons. Paramount Network confirmed the cancellation on Tuesday, saying in a statement that "Cops is not on the Paramount Network" and they "don’t have any current or future plans for it to return."

"Cops" was pulled from the network's schedule last month amid growing outcry and protests against police brutality following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Today's funeral of George Floyd to be live-streamed
George Floyd mural
George Floyd mural Credit: Lorie Shaull (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

George Floyd will be laid to rest in Houston, Texas today. The funeral and celebration of his life will be held at The Fountain of Praise Church at 11 AM CT. The service is limited to 500 people but will be live-streamed by major news networks such as ABC, CBS and MSNBC.

Mia K. Wright, co-paster of the church, told Don Lemon on Monday: "We celebrate a life that had its ups and downs as many lives do but also a life that was connected to God and one that all people around the world have now connected to because of the tragedy and the trauma by which he passed."

Regional News • Americas • Canada
Canadian pilot 'drew' raised BLM fist in the sky in dedication to George Floyd
Screenshot of Neonakis' flight path
Screenshot of Neonakis' flight path Credit: flightaware.com

Canadian pilot Dimitri Neonakis took a different approach to show his support for the BLM movement: he designed a flight path that 'drew' the outline of the raised BLM fist. In a post to Facebook, the pilot shared a screenshot of his path alongside a photograph of George Floyd and adding "For George". FlightAware also shared the route timelapse on Twitter.

Technology • Games
PS5 event's new date set for June 11
PS5 event's new date set for June 11

Sony's event to show off new games for its PlayStation 5, launching in the fall, will be on June 11 20:00 (UTC). The event had been delayed to allow more focus on George Floyd protests.

The broadcast will be streamed at 1080p and 30 FPS, instead of 4K and 60 FPS that may be required to showcase what the console has to offer. About this "downgrade" Sony stated: "This eased the show’s production process during a time when many of our team and developers are working from home. The games you'll see on Thursday will look even better when you play them on PS5 with a 4K TV, as you'd expect.".

Sports
CrossFit CEO faces backlash over tweet which associated Covid-19 with George Floyd
Black kettle bell
Black kettle bell Credit: Jesper Aggergaard

In response to a tweet by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington stating that "racism is a public health issue" the CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman tweeted "FLOYD-19", associating George Floyd whose murder by the police has sparked protests around the world with the Covid-19 pandemic. As a response, hundreds of gyms that ran on an affiliate model for CrossFit have removed the brand from their name and the Reebok brand has announced to end their relationship with CrossFit. Since then Glassman has apologized and CrossFit stated that it'll "not stand for racism".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Derek Chauvin to appear in court for the first time
"Justice for George" sign at Minneapolis protests
"Justice for George" sign at Minneapolis protests Credit: unsplash.com/munshots

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, is going to make his first appearance in court on Monday afternoon. He has been charged second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his involvement in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin pressed his knee on the neck of Floyd for almost nine minutes.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Mitt Romney joins DC protestors
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests Credit: Mitt Romney via Twitter

Mitt Romney, Utah senator and former Republican presidential candidate, joined a group of Christian protestors in D.C. on Sunday evening. In a picture posted to his Twitter, Romney can be seen wearing a mask and walking among protestors, with the caption "Black Lives Matter". He seems to be the first Republican to be publicly joining the protests following George Floyd's death.

On May 31, Romney took to Twitter to condemn the murder of Floyd, writing "The George Floyd murder is abhorrent. Peaceful protests underscore the urgency of addressing injustices," and adding "but violence drowns the message of the protestors and mocks the principles of justice."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Thousands pay their respects to George Floyd

On Saturday afternoon, members of George Floyd's family held a private memorial service in a Baptist church Raeford, North Carolina. The family wore white while other mourners dressed in black.

Thousands of people stood in line earlier to pay their respects before the private memorial began. NC Governor Roy Cooper said that Floyd's death "woke all of us up" and that "some death ain't about dying. Some death is about waking all of us up."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
New artwork by Banksy depicts US flag on fire in a George Floyd tribute
An artwork by Banksy is seen in this image
An artwork by Banksy is seen in this image Credit: Instagram / Banksy

British street artist Banksy has revealed his new artwork inspired by the death of George Floyd, showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The post, on Instagram, features the scene of a vigil, in which a candle burns the American flag.