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More than 10,000 people have been arrested in protests that have rocked the United States since the police killing of George Arbery Floyd, an unarmed Black man, according to an Associated Press tally.
All four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s death have been charged.
Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder, which was upgraded from a previous charge of third-degree murder. He also faces a second-degree manslaughter charge. The other three are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
US President Donald Trump, was rebuked by his former defence secretary, James Mattis, who said he was trying to sow divisions. Trump’s current defence chief, Mark Esper, also said he opposed Trump’s threat to send in the military to quell unrest.
Several major cities scaled back or lifted curfews imposed for the past few days.
As protests continued, police in riot gear charged into a crowd of about 1,000 protesters defying a local curfew in New York City’s Brooklyn borough, albeit peacefully, near an outdoor plaza, and clubbed demonstrators and journalists as they scurried for cover in heavy rain.
A memorial service was to be held on Thursday for George Floyd led by civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
The ceremony will be held in Minneapolis, where Floyd died after being detained by police.
Sharpton, who will give the eulogy for Floyd, met with his family on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow we will lay out how we will mobilize nationally in the name of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and more,” the leading rights activist said on Twitter, referring to a black jogger who was shot dead in February and a black medical worker killed by police in her own apartment in March.