New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said several days and nights of demonstrations in the state after the killing of George Floyd could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, and urged protesters to get tested.
A summary of the past few hours.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, is worried about what such protests might mean for the coronavirus pandemic, which lest anyone forget has killed more than 107,000 people in the US, more than 24,000 of them in New York.
“If you were at a protest, go get a test, please,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “The protesters have a civic duty here also. Be responsible, get a test.”
An estimated 20,000 people have demonstrated in New York City alone, the governor said, adding: “New York City had the highest number of protesters. We have to be smart.”
“I’m not a nervous Nellie, I’m just looking at the numbers,” said Cuomo, noting that an estimated 30,000 people have protested in the state. “Many wear masks. But there is no social distancing. Police are in their face ... If you were at a protest, get a test, please.”
A summary of the past few hours:
A memorial service for George Floyd was held in Minneapolis. Family members spoke and civil rights campaigner Rev Al Sharpton also addressed the service. He promised a new march on Washington on 28 August, 57 years since Martin Luther King Jr led his march to the capital, to seek policing reform.
Three former Minneapolis officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd appeared in court. Bail was set at $1m, down to $750,000 if certain conditions are met.
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former commander in Afghanistan and against Isis John Allen joined the ranks of senior military figures splitting from Donald Trump over his threats to use troops against protesters and the assault on peaceful protesters in Washington on Monday. Combat units moved close to Washington were reported to being sent back to base.
The ACLU has sued Donald Trump, William Barr and other administration officials, on behalf of Black Lives Matter and individual protesters, over the attack on peaceful protesters which was dealt out so Trump could walk to St John’s church for a photo op.
Attorney general William Barr claimed to have evidence of “Antifa” complicity in violent events around protests in the past week.
Virginia governor Ralph Northam confirmed that the state will move as swiftly as possible to remove a huge statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from Monument Avenue in Richmond.