Floyd: US cities brace for more riots as Trump threatens greater force

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Major marches took place in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New York City as well as in Washington, D.C., near the park where demonstrators were cleared on Monday to make a path for President Donald Trump so he could walk from the White House to a historic church for a photo.

Protests were largely peaceful and the nation's streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations over police brutality and injustice against African Americans.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer held him down by the neck with his knee for more than eight minutes. "It's going to take radical change" in policing and the criminal justice system, she said. "This is about "radical" politics that are harming the city and being neglectful of New Yorkers".

His comments echoed those of British police chiefs, who earlier issued a joint statement saying they were "appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life".

Police lined the streets of lower Manhattan during an imposed curfew near where protesters were arrested for refusing to leave during a solidarity rally on Tuesday.

"In New York City, some protesters attacked Macy" s flagship store, which is said to be the world" s largest department store and a city landmark, and looted it and also several other famous branded stores like Chanel and Rolex causing millions of dollars in damages.

A curfew was introduced for the first time at 11:00 pm, a deadline that was brought forward to 7.00pm Monday as the city braced for more protests.

An autopsy Monday called his death a homicide, prompting renewed calls to arrest three fellow officers who assisted Derek Chauvin, facing manslaughter charges over Floyd's death.

"I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment".

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Some of those who have gathered at the site of Floyd's killing have invoked the non-violent message of the late US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in 1968, as the only way forward.

Before Trump came out of the White House, riot police and National Guard troops used tear gas and flash grenades to disperse a peaceful protest in a nearby park.

Mr Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. "No matter what anybody thinks, he was good".

Minnesota on Tuesday filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department, Governor Tim Walz said.

"What we know at this point and time is that it appears to be a completely, cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenceless police officer, and thank God we aren't planning a funeral right now", Shea said.

The report was commissioned after the racist murder of a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, at a bus stop in south London in 1993.

In New York, police clashed with protesters in Brooklyn.

New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week and banned much Manhattan auto traffic overnight as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night.

Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed and the epicenter of the violence, had already introduced one.

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