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The third and final memorial service for George Floyd will be held Monday in Houston, the city he grew up in before moving to Minneapolis, where he died at the hands of a police officer.
Ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, the officer who is seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, is charged with second-degree murder, which comes with a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Chauvin is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, which come with maximum sentences of 25 years and 10 years respectively. It is unclear whether, if convicted of those additional charges, Chauvin’s sentences would be served concurrently or consecutively. That would be at the discretion of the judge.
The other three officers involved in Floyd's death -- Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao -- were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
In Houston, thousands are expected to attend Monday's visitation for Floyd. The six-hour viewing Monday will be followed by a funeral service and burial Tuesday in Pearland, a Houston suburb, CNN affiliate KTVT reported. Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother, the news station reported.
French President Emmanuel Macron met the Prime Minister and other top officials to discuss police brutality and the police force, the Elysée Palace said in a statement on Monday.
"The president has asked the minister of interior to quickly complete the work, begun last January, which consisted in making proposals to improve the ethics of the police," said the press release.
There was a 41% increase in internal investigations for police violence between 2018 and 2019, according to a report released on Sunday by the police force's internal watchdog.
This comes after massive protests last week. On Tuesday, more than 20,000 protesters gathered in front of the main Paris court.
People protested both to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, and to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a young black French man who died in police custody in Paris four years ago.
These protests have grown across France all week -- but they are banned by authorities, since restrictions are still in place to prevent against the spread of coronavirus.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has criticized the actions of some anti-racism protesters on Sunday after clashes with police.
On Twitter, Johnson said the mostly peaceful protests had been "subverted by thuggery."
"People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police. These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery - and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account," Johnson tweeted.
The UK’s Home Secretary said on Monday that 14 police officers had been injured.
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, Priti Patel called the "lawless" scenes in London "completely unacceptable," and urged protesters to follow social distancing rules.
Protesters in the US and across the world took to the streets for the 13th consecutive day after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Sunday marked a string of symbolic and significant victories for the protesters, as the peaceful demonstrations prompted authorities to lift curfews and withdraw National Guard troops. Here are the biggest headlines if you're just joining us:
- Dismantling Minneapolis police: In Minneapolis, a veto-proof supermajority of the city council pledged their commitment to defunding and dismantling the city's police force -- a protest demand that has gained momentum this week. "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety," tweeted one council member.
- Curfews lifted: With protests around the country staying peaceful in recent days, authorities are easing up restrictions. Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Buffalo in upstate New York all lifted curfews today.
- Police reform in New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would move funding away from the police force and instead put it toward youth and social services. This comes as two NYPD officers were suspended without pay for excessive force toward protesters last week.
- Trump withdraws National Guard: President Donald Trump tweeted today that he has ordered for the National Guard to start withdrawing from Washington, DC. It's not clear if all troops are being withdrawn, or just those who came from out of state.
- British crowds topple statue: In Bristol, England, a massive crowd of protesters toppled the statue of a 17th century slave trader and threw it into a river, to applause from onlookers. Thousands of people also gathered in London and Edinburgh to protest in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
- Protests go worldwide: The solidarity protests have gained international momentum this weekend, drawing huge numbers in major cities like Rome and Madrid. In many places, protesters are calling attention to the often overlooked legacy of colonialism and the perpetuation of racial injustices in their own countries; for instance, Australian protesters demanded equality for indigenous communities who face mass incarceration and high rates of death in police custody.
In the UK city of Bristol, protesters on Sunday pulled down a statue of a 17th-century slave trader while demonstrating in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The protesters tied the 5.5-meter (18ft) bronze statue of Edward Colston, with rope before toppling it, to cheers from the surrounding crowd.
Demonstrators were later seen rolling the statue to the nearby harbor and throwing it into the River Avon.
Colston, who was born in Bristol in 1636, was an active member of the governing body of the Royal African Company (RAC) for 11 years, assuming the top role of deputy-governor from 1689–90.
The company, which had a monopoly on the west African slave trade in the late 17th century, was involved in the selling of tens of thousands of west African people in the Caribbean and the Americas.
Colston, who is described by the Museums of Bristol website as a "revered philanthropist / reviled slave trader," later donated some of his wealth to charitable causes, such as schools and hospitals, a process through which his name became synonymous with certain Bristol landmarks.
The statue of Colston had stood in Bristol's city center since 1895 but had become increasingly controversial, with petitions created to demand its removal.
Elsewhere in the UK: Massive protests, with people numbering in the thousands, also took place in other major UK cities like London and Edinburgh.
At least 12 people were arrested at the protests in London, police said late Sunday.
A retired US Navy captain who used derogatory language and racial slurs during a conversation with his wife that was accidentally live streamed on Facebook says he is "mortified."
Scott Bethmann resigned from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association board after he accidentally streamed the conversation with his wife Nancy, according to a statement from the alumni association and a family spokesperson.
Bethmann and his wife were live on Facebook for more than 30 minutes, discussing the ongoing protests around the country, according to audio obtained by CNN affiliate WJXT.
Bethmann is heard using the N-word and complaining about not being able to speak his mind, saying, "The white m*****f*****s can't say anything. That's the point we're making here, Nancy."
His wife is also heard in the recording talking about "F****** Asians from China who love to steal all of our intellectual property."
In a statement issued through a family spokesperson, Bethmann said it was never appropriate "to use derogatory terms when speaking about our fellow man."
"There are no words that can appropriately express how mortified and apologetic my wife and I are about the insensitive things we said that were captured on social media," he said.
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NASCAR drivers have joined the growing list of athletes and sports leagues throwing their support behind the nationwide protests against police brutality.
Bubba Wallace wore a black T-shirt that said "Black Lives Matter" and "I can't breathe" during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500.
Wallace also tweeted a NASCAR-sponsored video of him and fellow drivers discussing how they will advocate for change to fight racism and inspire change.
"We will listen and learn! #BlackLivesMatters," Wallace tweeted.
Other NASCAR drivers also spoke up Sunday. The legendary Jeff Gordon made a powerful statement during Sunday's broadcast saying he and Wallace's professional and personal journeys are different.
"I'll never know what it's like to walk in Bubba's shoes or the shoes of anyone that's experienced racism. I do know I can be better; we can do better to create positive change," Gordon said. "We need to step up now more than we ever have in the past. We are listening. We are learning. We are ready for change."
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Protesters around the world have been demonstrating all week, inspired by the protests taking place in the United States.
In Rome, thousands of people marched yesterday in the Piazza del Popolo, one of the main squares in the Italian capital.
"This is the largest demonstration I've seen in the Piazza del Popolo for quite some time," said CNN Correspondent Ben Wedeman, reporting from the scene.
"Earlier one of the people making a speech listed all those victims of police brutality in the United States, and this is just one of several such demonstrations being held in Italy and of course across Europe as well. There's been a massive outpouring of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States."
While the large gathering has made it difficult for protesters to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines, those demonstrating in the piazza were seen to be attempting to maintain a 1-meter distance between themselves, with many wearing masks and face coverings to limit the spread of coronavirus.