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George Floyd funeral to be held on June 9

George Floyd’s funeral will be held June 9 in Houston. Prior to next week’s event, separate memorial services in Minnesota and North Carolina will be held. Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather will pay the expenses of all three events after the former boxing champion’s offer of assistance was accepted by the family.

It was another day of protests across the country. Moments after police in riot gear tried to disperse a crowd of peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square across from the White House, President Donald Trump said the civil disturbances that have erupted across the nation since George Floyd’s killing on Memorial Day would be quelled.

Under heavy protection, Trump and several members of his administration, including Attorney General William Barr, walked across the park to St. John’s Church and posed for photos before returning to the White House.

Earlier in the day, Floyd’s relatives demanded further punishment for those involved in his death after an independent autopsy requested by the family concluded he was killed by asphyxiation from sustained pressure. The Hennepin County medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump on Monday said funeral services for Floyd will be held June 9 in Houston. There will be a public viewing next Monday in Texas, Crump said.

Crump added there will be two separate memorial services for Floyd. One will take place Thursday in Minneapolis at North Central University. The other will be in Clinton, North Carolina on Saturday. Both memorial services will run from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather will pay for Floyd’s funeral and memorial services after the family accepted his offer of support. The former world champion has not met Floyd’s family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

Calling himself “your president of law and order,’’ President Donald Trump vowed to put an end to the disturbances that have broken out in many parts of the country following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week ago.

“As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property,’’ Trump said in a brief late-afternoon statement at the Rose Garden.

Before Trump and his aides walked across Lafayette Park, police pushed away a crowd of protesters -- many of them holding up their hands and saying, “Don’t shoot’’ -- using shields, horses and tear gas to disperse them.

Trump’s address came as hundreds of demonstrators surrounded the White House grounds for the fourth day of protests in Washington, D.C.

An autopsy conducted Sunday at the request of George Floyd’s relatives showed he suffocated to death because of neck and back pressure that cut off blood flow to his brain and kept him from breathing, a statement by the family lawyers said.

The family is demanding first-degree murder charges against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is shown on a video pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, and the arrest of the other three officers at the scene.

“What we found is consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death,” Dr. Michael Baden, one of the forensic pathologists hired by the family, said in the statement. “Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true.”

Floyd is heard on the video repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe.

“The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function,’’ the statement says. “From all the evidence, the doctors said it now appears Mr. Floyd died at the scene.’’

The Hennepin County medical examiner classified the death as a homicide and said Floyd had a “cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).’’ The report also noted “fentanyl intoxication’’ and “recent methamphetamine use’’ detected on Floyd.

Wearing a mask that read “We can’t breathe’’ on one half and “Justice for George Floyd’’ on the other, his brother Terrence Floyd on Monday exhorted demonstrators in Minneapolis to keep his memory alive but to protest in a peaceful manner.

Terrence Floyd chastised those responsible for the violence and looting that have marred many of the protests over his brother’s Memorial Day death while in the custody of Minneapolis police, saying those acts didn’t accomplish anything positive.

“My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing,’’ Terrence Floyd told a crowd, pointing out rioters may be destroying their own communities. “Let’s do this another way.’’

Floyd urged those in attendance at a makeshift memorial to learn about the candidates for public office and to get out and vote.

“Educate yourselves. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you who’s who,’’ Floyd said. “Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. That’s how we’re going to help. It’s a lot of us! ... Let’s switch it up and do this peacefully.’’

The crowd, which had earlier chanted, “Lock them all four!’’ in reference to the four police officers at the scene of George Floyd’s killing, later changed to a different chant with a similar message: “One down, three to go.’’

Though all four officers have been fired, only Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with murder.

President Donald Trump slammed the nation’s governors Monday as “weak” and demanded tougher crackdowns on protesters following another night of violence.

Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling the local leaders they “have to get much tougher” amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses.

“Most of you are weak,” Trump said. “You have to arrest people.”

More than 4,400 hundred arrests have been made across the nation in sometimes-violent protests since George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day.

The sight of vehicles ramming into crowds of protesters in at least three major cities has added a disturbing element that further stoked tensions during demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In New York, two police vehicles drove into protesters behind a barricade. Demonstrators in Denver chased a black SUV after a woman drove through a crowd and accelerated as a man hopped on the hood. A semi-truck driver was arrested after video showed the truck driving into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Minneapolis on Interstate 35, which had been closed to traffic. (USA Today)


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