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Thousands around the world protest George Floyd's death in global display of solidarity

Over the weekend, demonstrators gathered in London, Berlin and Auckland, among other cities, to protest against police brutality in solidarity with the US crowds.

Britain: In London, protesters rallied in Trafalgar Square on Sunday morning, in defiance of Britain’s lockdown rules which prohibit large gatherings. Some participants marched to the US embassy.

Germany: Crowds gathered in Berlin in front of the US embassy on Saturday and Sunday. Participants wore face masks and carried signs declaring “Black lives matter” and “Justice can’t wait.”

France: Activists in Paris wearing black clothing and face masks took a knee and held up signs reading “I can’t breathe,” “We are all George Floyd” and “Racism chokes us” in Paris on Monday.

Denmark: Chants of “no justice, no peace” were heard In the streets of Copenhagen on Sunday, as protesters marched over Floyd’s death. Some rallied outside the Danish capital’s US embassy.

Italy: In Milan, crowds held a flashmob near the city’s US consulate on Thursday.

Brazil: People protested outside the Guanabara Palace, the home of the state government, in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, while in Sao Paulo, some brought signs showing solidarity with the US protests to an existing demonstration against President Jair Bolsonaro.

The list goes on: Solidarity protests took place in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Syria, Mexico, Canada, Poland, and more. Read about them here:

Omaha bar owner who shot a black protester will not be charged

The family of a black man killed by a white bar owner during protests in Omaha, Nebraska, said a prosecutor rushed to judgment by declaring the shooting an act of self-defense.

On Monday, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said that after viewing videos of the incident with police officials and homicide detectives, he decided not to charge Jake Gardner in Saturday night’s death of James Scurlock.

While Kleine called the death “senseless,” he said he followed the law. “It can’t be based on emotions. It can’t be based on anger. It can’t be based on any of those things,” he said.

But attorney Justin Wayne, who represents the Scurlock family, said the 22-year-old should not have been shot during a scuffle on Saturday night, and that the case should go to a grand jury.

“I would like to see my day in court,” said Scurlock’s father, James Scurlock II.

What happened: Two videos depict scenes from the incident. As described by prosecutors, Gardner’s father asked demonstrators outside the Gatsby bar to leave and pushed one protester.

An unidentified man can be seen pushing the elder Gardner back, and the son intervened. Wayne claims Scurlock was not part of that group.

Jake Gardner had a handgun tucked in his waistband and lifted his shirt to show it during his confrontation with protesters, Kleine said of one video.

Two people jumped on Gardner’s back and he fired two warning shots, the county attorney said. Within moments, Scurlock jumped into the fray, according to authorities.

Gardner told police he was put in a chokehold and he begged for the assailant to get off of him, Kleine told reporters.

That’s when Scurlock was shot in the clavicle and killed.

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Up to 10,000 people are demonstrating in Portland

Protesters on the Burnside bridge observe a moment of silence on another day of protests over the death of George Floyd in Portland, Oregon, on June 1.
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Protesters on the Burnside bridge observe a moment of silence on another day of protests over the death of George Floyd in Portland, Oregon, on June 1.

There are between 7,000 to 10,000 people demonstrating in Portland, Oregon today, according to Portland police spokesperson Michael Roberts.

He said there are two main groups of protesters – one that started at Pioneer Courthouse Square and one at Revolutionary Hall.

“The group from Revolutionary Hall marched across the Burnside bridge to mid-span where they all laid down for a brief period,” said Roberts. “They are continuing downtown and it had been peaceful thus far. We have not made any arrests related to this demonstration at this time.”