A black man falls to the ground following the sound of a gunshot as another man brandishes a gun near crowds in Seattle after getting out of a vehicle driven into an anti-police brutality protest.
A black man is in hospital in a stable condition after a man drove a car through anti-police brutality protesters in Seattle, Washington, and hit a barricade before brandishing a gun at demonstrators.
The Seattle Police Department said it had taken the suspect into custody and that it did not believe there were any additional victims.
Monday’s key moments:
Protester shot in Seattle after man drives vehicle through demonstration
At least one person has been shot after a man drove a vehicle through a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle before getting out of the car and brandishing a gun at demonstrators.
Footage of the incident shared on Twitter depicts the moment the unnamed man drives up 11th and Pine St, prompting protesters to scatter.
As the vehicle slows to a stop, one person can be seen placing a barricade against the car, while several others surround it.
A gunshot sounds and one of the protesters up against the vehicle’s window falls to the found.
The Seattle Police Department tweeted it had taken the suspect into custody and added the city’s fire department had taken the shooting victim to hospital.
The shooting victim, bottom right, has been taken to hospital.(Reuters: Lindsey Wasson)
“Officers searched, but do not believe there are any additional victims,” the tweet added.
The Seattle Fire Department said the victim, who they described as an approximately 27-year-old man, was in a stable condition.
Trump orders National Guard to withdraw from Washington DC
Mr Trump faces fierce criticism over his use of authorities to clear a path through protesters in Washington to allow for a photo op.(AP: Patrick Semansky)
President Donald Trump says he has given the order for National Guard troops to begin withdrawing from Washington DC, saying everything is now “under perfect control”.
The DC Government requested some guard forces last week to assist law enforcement with managing protests, but Mr Trump ordered thousands more troops and federal law enforcement to the city to “dominate” the streets after some instances of looting and violence.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser last week called on Mr Trump to withdraw the troops.
“I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, DC, now that everything is under perfect control,” Mr Trump tweeted.
“They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!”
Minneapolis councillors pledge to disband police force
Minneapolis became the centre protests following the death of George Floyd.(Reuters: Carlos Barria)
Minneapolis City Council members have pledged to dismantle the city’s police department, but the move is opposed by the city’s mayor.
Nine of the Council’s 12 members appeared at a rally in a city park on Sunday afternoon (local time) and vowed to end the current system of policing in the city.
They pledged to instead invest in a community-based public safety model, but did not provide specific details.
Minneapolis became the centre of both violent and peaceful protests following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.
Minneapolis councillor Jeremiah Ellison urged protesters to continue demonstrating against police brutality.
“It is your fight that has got us to this point, so not one moment of silence for those who have died,” Cr Ellison told the crowd while standing on a stage emblazoned with a sign saying “Defund police”.
Community activists have criticised the department for years for what they say is a racist and brutal culture that resists change.
The US state of Minnesota launched a civil rights investigation into the department last week, and the first concrete changes came on Friday when the city agreed to ban chokeholds and neck restraints.
Australian protesters urged to self-isolate to limit COVID-19 risk
Health experts have urged the Australians who attended Black Lives Mater protests across the country over the weekend to consider self-isolating to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Dr Bartone’s call follows that of the Melbourne protest organisers, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, which earlier told attendees to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Australians around the country took to the streets on Saturday to protest Indigenous deaths in custody. The enormous crowds produced striking scenes as crowds gathered in solidarity.
In a Facebook post this morning, the group told its followers they should not visit elderly people during this period and should speak to a doctor if they develop any symptoms.
Health officials had advised protesters not to attend Black Lives Matter protests over fears of sparking a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Australian Medical Association president Tony Bartone said: “Mass gatherings are certainly the last gatherings on the list [of restrictions] and it was clearly against the advice of all the health authorities.”
Out of an “abundance of caution”, he said those who attended should “consider their position” and look at the option of isolating themselves from the community.
“Rallying, mass gatherings in middle of a pandemic is only going to put the community at risk,” he said.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth later echoed this message at a daily coronavirus briefing.
He said the position of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee had been “very clear”.
“We view mass gatherings with a protest or large gatherings of people as a substantial risk still, even with the low numbers of COVID-19 that we see in the community,” he said.
“So, we absolutely need to take care.
Dr Nick Coatsworth said officials would need to wait and see what happens after this weekend’s protests.(ABC News: Nicholas Haggarty)
“For those who were at the protests, the message is clear that is if you become unwell, like we say to all members for the Australian community with respiratory symptoms, get yourself tested.”
Dr Coatsworth said medical experts did not know what would happen as a result of the weekend’s protests.
He explained: “We have to accept that they have happened, and we have to wait and see what will happen as a result of the mass gatherings.
“There is no current recommendation that people who attended those mass gatherings should do anything different, in fact, [they should] do exactly the same thing, which is get tested if they become unwell.”
Dr Coatsworth also confirmed health officials had not discussed a return to more stringent measures as a result of the protests.
Trump says kneeling during US national anthem is disrespectful
US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to denounce the act of kneeling in protest during his nation’s national anthem.
Tweeting in reference to statements made by National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, Mr Trump wrote: “Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be OK for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?”
The President was referring to a video shared by the NFL last week, which saw Goodell denounce racism in the US.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologises to NFL players
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in the video statement.
“We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.
“We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.”
The NFL has been locked in an ongoing debate with players over kneeling protests during the national anthem before the start of games, a practice popularised by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Final stop on Floyd’s memorial tour
Mourners will be able to view George Floyd’s casket in his hometown of Houston on Monday, the final stop of a series of memorials in his honour.
A six-hour viewing will be held on Monday at The Fountain of Praise church in south-west Houston.
The viewing is open to the public, though visitors will be required to wear a mask and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines.
Mr Floyd’s funeral will be held on Tuesday.(The Fayetteville Observer: Ed Clemente via AP)
Mr Floyd’s funeral will be held tomorrow, followed by burial at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in suburban Pearland, where he will be laid to rest next to his mother, Larcenia Floyd.
Former vice-president Joe Biden plans to travel to Houston to meet with Mr Floyd’s family and will provide a video message for Mr Floyd’s funeral service.
Previous memorials have taken place in Minneapolis and Raeford, North Carolina, near where Mr Floyd was born.
At the Minneapolis tribute on Thursday, those in attendance stood in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Mr Floyd was alleged to be on the ground under the control of police.
US weekend protests unfold with no major violence
It was estimated that almost 20,000 protesters packed into Hollywood Boulevard over the weekend.(AP: Marcio Jose Sanchez)
There was no major violence at US protests against institutional racism over the weekend, in sharp contrast to heated clashes between marchers and police in previous days.
A common theme of weekend rallies was a determination to transform outrage over Mr Floyd’s death last month into a broader movement seeking far-reaching reforms to the US criminal justice system and its treatment of African American and ethnic racial minorities.
One of the largest protests on Sunday was in Los Angeles.
A crowd estimated by a local television station at 20,000 packed Hollywood Boulevard, filling the streets from curb to curb along the famous strip from Vine Street to Highland Avenue.
In New York, at least half a dozen loosely organised groups of protesters marched through midtown Manhattan carrying handmade signs with slogans including “Defund the Police, Fund Schools”.
In the nation’s capital, a large and diverse gathering of protesters packed streets near the White House, chanting “This is what democracy looks like!” and “I can’t breathe.”
Mitt Romney becomes first Republican senator to march in protests
US senator Mitt Romney has marched in the Black Lives Matter protest in Washington DC, the first Republican senator to do so.
Senator Romney, who represents the state of Utah, posted a tweet showing him wearing a mask as he walked with protesters on Sunday (local time).
Above the photo he wrote: “Black Lives Matter”.
Senator Romney, who was walking with a Christian group, told NBC News that he needed to be there.
“We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality,” he said.
Democrats to introduce police brutality bill to Congress
The legislation has been backed by top Democrats.(AP: John Minchillo)
Democrats led by black members of the US Congress are set to introduce legislation to combat police violence and racial injustice, including making it easier to sue officers who kill.
The legislation, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, is expected to propose a ban on police chokeholds and racial profiling, require nationwide use of body cameras, subject police to civilian review boards and impose new police protocols limiting lethal force and requiring officers to intervene when they witness misconduct.
The legislation, which is also expected to establish a national database for acts of police misconduct, is backed by top Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
It is expected to include a measure to abolish the legal doctrine known as qualified immunity, which protects police from civil litigation. Without qualified immunity, victims or their relatives would be able to seek financial damages for illegal or unconstitutional police actions.
New York to lift curfew earlier than planned
Advocates called for an end to the 8:00pm curfew, saying it caused needless friction.(AP: Seth Wenig)
Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced New York City is lifting its 8:00pm city-wide curfew immediately after protests remained largely peaceful.
The curfew had been set to remain in effect through Sunday night (local time) and end on Monday the same time the city entered the first phase of reopening after more than two months of shutdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Yesterday and last night, we saw the very best of our city,” Mr de Blasio tweeted in his announcement of the curfew’s end.
“Tomorrow, we take the first big step to restart.”
The move followed New York City police pulling back on enforcing the curfew on Saturday as thousands took to the streets and parks to protest against police brutality.
More than two hours after curfew on Saturday night, groups of several hundred demonstrators continued to march in Manhattan and Brooklyn, while police monitored them but took a hands-off approach.
Local politicians and advocates had called for an end to the 8:00pm curfew, complaining it caused needless friction when officers tried to enforce it. But Mr de Blasio had initially insisted the curfew would remain in place throughout the weekend.
White police officer charged after use of stun gun
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: US police officer uses stun gun on black man.
A white police officer in the US state of Virginia was charged with assault and battery in connection with the use of a stun gun on a black man, authorities announced.
A body camera video played at a news conference over the weekend showed Fairfax County police officer Tyler Timberlake firing his stun gun at a black man after other officers spent several minutes trying to persuade him to get into an ambulance to go to a detox centre last Friday (local time).
Mr Timberlake was seen striking the man with a stun gun and then getting on top of him, along with the officer wearing the body camera.
Once Mr Timberlake was on top of the man, he pressed the stun gun into the back of his neck and fired again.
“Together as a community, through our transparency, we will heal as a community,” Fairfax County police chief Edwin Roessler Jr said.
“This is behaviour we shall not tolerate.”
Mr Roessler said someone had called police about a man walking down a street shouting that he needed oxygen.
In the video, the man shot with the stun gun is mostly speaking unintelligibly but repeatedly says: “Your body needs oxygen.”
The police chief said it was unclear why Mr Timberlake used his stun gun, and that the man who was shot was treated at a hospital and subsequently released.
Fairfax County Police are in the middle of a program to outfit their officers with body-worn cameras to improve transparency and community relations.
Mr Roessler said at the news conference late on Saturday night that Mr Timberlake deployed force in violation of the department’s use-of-force policies and ignored “the sanctity of human life.”
The three counts of assault and battery could yield a 36-month sentence for Mr Timberlake if convicted, news outlets reported.
Thousands turn out for a second day of protests across Europe
Thousands gathered in Rome’s People’s Square to protest against police brutality and racism in the US, Italy and elsewhere.(LaPresse: Roberto Monaldo via AP)
US embassies have been the focus of protests in Europe, with more than 10,000 gathering in the Danish capital Copenhagen, hundreds in Budapest and thousands in Madrid, where protesters lined the street guarded by police in riot gear.
In Budapest, speeches and songs like Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and Bob Marley’s Redemption Song were heard on Liberty Square before the crowd knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds the length of time white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck before he died.
A rally in Rome’s sprawling People’s Square was peaceful, with the majority of protesters wearing masks to protect against coronavirus. Participants listened to speeches and held up handmade placards.
Tens of thousands took to the streets of London, some wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 bearing the slogan “racism is a virus”.
The protest was peaceful, with people clapping, taking to one knee, waving placards and chanting “the UK is not innocent”.
Anti-racism protesters in Bristol tear down statue of slave trader.
In the English city of Bristol, protesters pulled down a statue of 17th-century merchant Edward Colston, before rolling it down the street and tossing it into the city’s harbour.
The Colston statue was removed from the avenue bearing the merchant’s name and eventually rolled into the city’s harbour.
Colston, who was born in 1636, has been a controversial figure in Bristol.
In his 40s, he was prominently involved in Britain’s sole official slaving company at the time, the Royal African Company, which transported tens of thousands of Africans across the Atlantic Ocean, mainly to the Caribbean.
Among efforts to “decolonise” the city have been calls to remove his name from its biggest music venue, Colston Hall.
Protesters in Bristol tore down the statue from its plinth and tossed it into Bristol Harbour.(PA: Ben Birchall via AP)