Protesters ignored the US curfew because leaders scrambled to eliminate anger against police racism, and President Donald Trump refused to criticize him for using force to disrupt peaceful rallies.
In the city of New York to Los Angeles, the deadlock between the police and the demonstrators continued until late at night. George Floyd died of an unarmed African-American. In the past week, he was killed. Generation after generation of protests in the country.
However, there have been few reports of rampant looting and violence in the street demonstrations that took place the other night.
Earlier Tuesday, thousands of people gathered in Houston to pay tribute to Freud, who grew up in Texas and will be buried next week.
“Today is… about George Floyd’s family — we want them to know that George did not die in vain,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told an estimated 60,000 people.
A tearful Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, told a news conference she wanted “justice for him because he was good.
“No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”
In New York, the first curfew since World War II was extended on Tuesday for a full week. Agence France-Presse reporter saw that hundreds of people refused to go home after 8:00, and instead shouted slogans and walked peacefully in the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A few hours after the curfew, Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was a “very calm situation” and a few days later, several luxury stores in Manhattan were looted.
“So far, the curfew is certainly helping, based on everything I’ve seen in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the last three hours,” he tweeted.
Minnesota took one of the first concrete actions to address the grievances behind the uprising, which began after Floyd’s death on May 25 in the state’s largest city Minneapolis.
The state launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, looking at possible “systemic discriminatory practices” going back 10 years, Governor Tim Walz tweeted.
Former president George W. Bush called on the US to examine its “tragic failures” and to “listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving.”
And in Los Angeles, one of dozens of cities hit by unrest, police officers and Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped to their knees in a symbolic act of solidarity as they met marchers led by African-American Christian groups.
“A black face should not be a sentenced to die, nor to be homeless, nor to be sick, nor to be underemployed, nor to be under-educated,” Garcetti told them, inviting the leaders into City Hall for a discussion about the issues.
But protesters gathered outside Garcetti’s residence late into the evening. An AFP reporter witnessed a group of at least 200 refusing to disperse and subsequently arrested.