US congressional Democrats plan to unveil sweeping package of legislation to combat police violence and racial injustice, after two weeks of protests across the nation sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
The Minneapolis city council has said it wants to disband the city’s police department, after days of protests over the killing Floyd, who died after a city police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25.
US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the streets of Washington, DC.
Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by law enforcement.
Their chant has become a rallying cry – but what does “defund the police” mean? The answer is not necessarily about gutting police department budgets.
Demonstrators say states and cities should stop funding police agencies and spend more on housing, jobs and education.
Meanwhile, The editorial page head of the New York Times has resigned after his decision to publish an op-ed – by a US senator who called for military force against anti-racism protesters – drew online fury and criticism from many of the paper’s staffers.
James Bennet, the editorial page editor since May 2016, faced intense backlash after initially defending the column headlined Send in The Military by Republican US Senator Tom Cotton.