Numerous arrests in NYC as protests continue

Numerous arrests in NYC as protests continue

Demonstrators pause to kneel as they march to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington.

"There will be even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region tonight", Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday.

But violence spread elsewhere with four officers shot overnight in St. Louis near the police headquarters after a night of clashes and looting.

De Blasio condemned police for roughing up journalists covering the protests, including two from the AP who were shoved, cursed at and told to go home by officers Tuesday night despite press being considered "essential workers" allowed to be on the streets.

The exact circumstances remained unclear.

Protests resumed Tuesday in spots around the city as merchants boarded their businesses. Resentment over weeks of coronavirus lockdowns has contributed to the rapid escalation of violence across the U.S. Police and military moves to curb demonstrations have only added to the tensions.

One hour into the curfew, officers also cut off access to the Manhattan Bridge, leaving 5,000 protesters who were marching towards the island stranded for two hours.

Before Trump came out of the White House, riot police and National Guard troops used tear gas and flash grenades to disperse a peaceful protest in a nearby park.

Curfews and efforts by protesters to contain earlier flare-ups of lawlessness were credited with preventing more widespread damage to businesses in NY and other cities overnight.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who will be the Democratic Party candidate to challenge Trump in the November election, has also blamed the President for the turmoil, saying that he "is part of the problem and accelerates it".

"I won't traffic in fear and division".

Thousands gathered to march across downtown Houston Texas on 2 June
Thousands gathered to march across downtown Houston Texas

"I did not want to ever see something like that, and I don't want to ever see it again", he said of the "disturbing" video that showed the squad vehicles driving into demonstrators on Flatbush Avenue Saturday.

With the election moving closer on the horizon, Trump is trailing in some national polls, though analysts caution to not read too much into numbers at this stage. "There are so many things police are doing wrong to us black people".

A white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

An autopsy Monday called his death a homicide, prompting renewed calls to arrest three fellow officers who assisted Derek Chauvin, facing manslaughter charges over Floyd's death.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, speaking after the new charges were announced, said the state and nation need to "seize the moment" and use the wrenching events of the past week to confront the effects of racism, including unequal educational and economic opportunities.

The midwestern state's Department of Human Rights will investigate the practices of the police force over the last 10 years.

"Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this hard period we've had the last few days and moving to a better time", he said at a morning news briefing.

Washington, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters on Wednesday that he believes the curfew is helping to combat the unrest. Most of the protesters have been peaceful and non-violent.

Protests each day have begun peacefully.

Demonstrators marched towards the Upper East Side before arriving at the mayoral residence in Carl Schurz Park, where they sat on the ground and observed 30 minutes of silence in honor of George Floyd.

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