Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds shortly after 5 p.m. on the East Coast on Monday, as the nation’s capital prepares for a fourth consecutive evening of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
“At 5:05 pm, I counted 9 two and a half ton military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets pull off 17th Street into the White House grounds,” Time magazine reporter Brian Bennett tweeted.
Today Dr Michael Baden, one of the doctors who performed the autopsy as the behest of Mr Floyd’s family, said during a news conference in Minneapolis that the deceased had no underlying medical conditions that contributed to his death.
Dr Baden said Mr Floyd’s death was caused by pressure on both the man’s neck and by the knees of two officers on his back.
In some areas schools stayed shut on the advice of the local authority. Many are in the north of England, where infection rates are higher, although Brighton and Hove and north Somerset are among areas in the south where schools will not reopen until at least June 15.
The schools that did open made use of the flexibility offered to them by the government late last month to organise the return to suit the premises, teachers and parents. Some are choosing to open later this week, to end the day early or to close on Friday for a deep clean. Others are bringing back only a portion of eligible year groups. Some are operating rotas.
Dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last seven days in deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.
The protests around the world were comparatively peaceful, although in London protesters outside the gates of Downing Street chanted, ‘F**k the police.’
It is unacceptable that this review should be delayed without a given date for its publication. BAME communities need answers.
There is a gross irony in delaying the release of a report into the unequal suffering of the BAME community, on the basis of global events that relate to the suffering of black communities around the world.