DCR coverage:🚨 George Floyd Memorials and protest happening all over America. (Latest Developments) ☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I have been covering this sad and unfortunate story of the murder of George Floyd by the hands of the Minneapolis Police department since the beginning. Here are the developments happening 6-4-2020.After 10 tumultuous days across the United States, a private memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis for George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered widespread protests that descended into mayhem. Additional services are planned in Number of American Cities over the coming days.Here are some significant developments:In a major break with President Trump, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) said Thursday that she is struggling with her support for her fellow Republican president and praised former defense secretary Jim Mattis for a statement in which he sharply criticized Trump.New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized for “comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”Senate Democrats gathered for a moment of silence that lasted 8 minutes 46 seconds, the amount of time that a since-fired Minneapolis police officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died on May 25.Authorities on Wednesday upgraded murder charges against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck. Three other former Minneapolis police officers have also been charged in Floyd’s death.Former defense secretary Mattis excoriated Trump, accusing the nation’s chief executive of deliberately trying to divide Americans.Apple CEO Tim Cook decried “deeply rooted discrimination” in American culture and said “we must do more” in an open letter. Meantime, ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s called for white America to “acknowledge” its “privilege” and the call to end white Supremacy.01:20 PM: Mayor de Blasio defends NYPD officers, saying they’ve shown ‘a lot of restraint’New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his police department Thursday afternoon in response to repeated questions about officers’ forceful arrests of peaceful protesters out past curfew the night before.NYPD made dozens of arrests and used aggressive tactics to break up demonstrations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that had carried on past the 8 p.m. deadline, including one viral instance where three officers used batons to beat a cyclist.At a Thursday new conference, de Blasio said he hadn’t seen the footage. He praised the police, who he said were “doing something very difficult at this moment, and showing a lot of restraint and trying to shepherd us through this moment to a better and more peaceful moment.”The mayor has said he unequivocally supports peaceful protests and that he wants to see “the absolute least use of force.” He has also said that nonviolent demonstrations would be allowed to continue after curfew, but police have the authority to say “enough is enough.”De Blasio said NYPD’s handling of the city’s protests stand in clear contrast with the Trump administration’s response in the nation’s capital, where military police have responded to marchers with force.“What a juxtaposition to what we saw in Washington, D.C., a horrible effort to bring our military in inappropriately and to invade civilian life and the democratic process,” he said, reiterating that he does not support calling the National Guard to his city.The mayor also addressed the other crisis New York City faces: the coronavirus pandemic. De Blasio said the city’s first phase of reopening will proceed Monday, undeterred by protests.“We have to move forward despite the pain, despite the challenges,” he said.Here below are videos from the Memorial of George Floyd. The memorial is happening in Minneapolis Minnesota.

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