Day: June 8, 2020

Minneapolis city council pledges to defund police; editors at major papers step down; NYC lifts curfew

The Minneapolis City Council took a major step Sunday toward making radical changes in the city’s beleaguered police department, as a super majority publicly expressed support for disbanding the force.

Earlier Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled New York’s curfew following a day when cities across the nation saw massive, peaceful demonstrations against racism and police brutality. 

“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately,” de Blasio tweeted. “Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city.”

On Monday, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd, is scheduled to have his first court appearance. Chauvin has been in jail since his arrest on May 29.

Protests began after the Memorial Day death of Floyd, the African-American man who died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The latest in a series of memorial services for

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