Floyd cops had been on job four days

Two of the cops charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd had been on the force for just four days when he was killed.     

Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were rookies who were barely off probation, according to their lawyer. Derek Chauvin - the officer who had his knee on Mr Floyd's neck - was their training officer.

It comes as thousands of people mourning at a George Floyd memorial in New York City marched across Brooklyn Bridge. 

They had gathered at Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza today for an event attended by Mr Floyd's brother, Terrence, who addressed the crowd with calls for solidarity and peaceful protest in memory of his brother.

"I'm proud of the protests," he said. "I'm not proud of the destruction."

It comes as a Florida police officer has been placed on leave with an inquiry pending after video footage showed him kneeling on a man's neck the week before George Floyd died.

More than 140 cities in the US and many more across Europe and around the world have seen people take to the streets. In many cities protests have turned violent with looting and property damage, as well as 13 people killed and more than 10,000 arrested.

'They bleed like you': Cop's emotional plea

NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea has given a heartfelt plea on behalf of police during the George Floyd protests.

"Understand please, they are human," he said. "They are dealing with the most difficult circumstances anyone can imagine. I don't think you can truly imagine it at times."

He said the NYPD was made up of 55,000 of the "greatest human beings you'll ever meet".


"They look exactly like you," he said. They look like you, they bleed like, you they cry like you, their tears fall off their faces like you."

He spoke of mistakes made by officers and apologised.

"Sometimes even the best, and the NYPD is the god-damn best police department in this country, fall down," he said.

"So for our part in the damage to civility, for our part in racial bias, excessive force, unacceptable behaviour, language and many other mistakes, we are sorry. Are you?"

Charges after man aimed bow and arrow at protesters


A man captured on video aiming a bow and arrow at protesters in Salt Lake City over the weekend was charged with assault and weapon possession.

Brandon McCormick was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, as well as aggravated assault and threatening or using a dangerous weapon in a fight or quarrel.

VIDEO WARNING, strong language and distressing scenes


He was reportedly pushed to the ground on Saturday after pointing the bow and arrow at people protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. People then flipped over his car and set it on fire.


Mysterious piles of bricks appearing in US cities


Conspiracy theories are flying around after huge piles of bricks have appeared planned protest areas in the US this week.

Pictures and videos from Los Angeles, New York City, Kansas City, Dallas and Fayetteville in North Carolina all appear to show piles of bricks unattended in the middle of protests.


The footage has led to suggestions the slabs were either planted by police or by extremists to overshadow peaceful protests.

Police in Kansas City said in a tweet that they had discovered large piles of bricks and rocks in that had been placed strategically to "be used in the riot".


"If you see anything like this, you can text 911 and let us know so we can remove them. This keeps everyone safe and allows your voice to continue to be heard," the Kansas City Police Department wrote.

Rapper Ice T, who has spoken out on police brutality many times, posted pictures of bricks in other cities.

"Looks like a set up to me," he wrote. "There's ALWAYS more than meets the eye."

Thousands marching across Brooklyn Bridge

Thousands of people who were mourning at a George Floyd memorial in New York City are marching across Brooklyn Bridge.

One video shows the throng of people marching and chanting, "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now."

Another shows even more people waiting to get onto the crossing, holding signs.


They had gathered at Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza today for an event attended by Mr Floyd's brother, Terrence, who addressed the crowd with calls for solidarity and peaceful protest in memory of his brother.

"I'm proud of the protests," he said. "I'm not proud of the destruction."


Thousands pay tribute at George Floyd memorial

Hollywood celebrities, musicians and politicians gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd at a fiery memorial for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests.

A huge crowd gathered outside the church to pay their respects as a civil rights leader declared it is time for black people to demand, "Get your knee off our necks!"

The service - the first in a series of memorials set for three cities over six days - unfolded at a sanctuary at North Central University.

The American ABC reported that there were more white people gathered outside the sanctuary than African Americans and that the crowd was "hanging on every word".

Just a few blocks away, a judge set bail at $750,000 each for the three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in Mr Floyd's death.

Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old out-of-work bouncer, died May 25 after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, put his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the pavement, gasping that he couldn't breathe.

Chauvin has been charged with murder, and he and the others could get up to 40 years in prison.

"George Floyd's story has been the story of black folks. Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed to be is you kept your knee on our neck," the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a fierce eulogy.

"It's time for us to stand up in George's name and say, 'Get your knee off our necks!"'

Rev Sharpton vowed a movement to "change the whole system of justice."

"Time is out for not holding you accountable! Time is out for you making excuses! Time is out for you trying to stall! Time is out for empty words and empty promses! Time is out for you filibustering and trying to stall the arm of justice!" he said.

Among the celebrities in attendance were T.I., Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Marsai Martin.

"All these people came to see my brother," Philones Floyd told the crowd at the memorial in awe as he recounted their childhoods playing catch and eating banana-mayonnaise sandwiches.

"That's amazing to me that he touched so many people's hearts because he touched our hearts."

The casket was flanked by white and purple flowers, and a vibrant image was projected above the pulpit of a mural of Floyd painted at the street corner where he was seized by police on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

The message on the mural: "I can breathe now."

Florida cop filmed with knee on man's neck

A Florida police officer has been placed on leave with an inquiry pending after video footage showed him kneeling on a man's neck the week before George Floyd died.  

The video shows an officer kneeling on the man as another handcuffs him and a third officer stands nearby. Sarasota Police Deputy Chief Patrick Robinson said the knee to the neck technique is "not something that we train."

"It's not something that we authorize and it's not something that we stand behind," he said.

More than 140 cities in the US and many more across Europe and around the world have seen people take to the streets to march against racial injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

In Minnesota, where Floyd died, Governor Tim Walz announced he is sending the National Guard to the state's Western border because of credible threats of violence during demonstrations planned in neighbouring North Dakota.

In many cities protests have turned violent with looting and property damage, as well as 13 people killed and more than 10,000 arrested. In Minneapolis, where the protests began after Floyd's death, officials believe the damage could cost at least $A79 million ($US55 million) to rebuild.

Mourners join Floyd memorial

Mourners in Minneapolis have joined a vigil for George Floyd at North Central University where civil rights leader Al Sharpton gave a eulogy.

"He was a human being. He had family, he had dreams, he had hopes. The real duty of one with this type of assignment is to underscore the value of the human life that was taken, which gives the reason the movement was occurring," Sharpton said.

A golden casket was surrounded by flowers inside the venue which holds 1000 but only had 500 inside due to coronavirus restrictions.

Memorials will take place in Raeford, North Carolina and Houston, Texas over the next few days.

Civil rights icon says Floyd video 'made me cry'

US Civil rights icon, John Lewis, a key figure in the 1963 March on Washington, said watching the video of George Floyd's death "made me cry."

Speaking to CBS' This Morning, Mr Lewis said is was "so painful" to watch and he was inspired to see diverse crowds at the protests calling for an end to racial injustice.

"It was very moving, very moving to see hundreds and thousands of people from all over America and around the world take to the streets to speak up, to speak out," he said.

Mr Lewis, 80, had his skull fractured by Alabama troopers as marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on March 7, 1965. He urged protesters to act peacefully and called on President Trump to allow peaceful demonstrations to continue.

"You cannot stop the call of history," Mr Lewis said. "During the '60s, the great majority of us accepted the way of peace, the way of love, philosophy and discipline of nonviolence as a way of life, as a way of living."


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