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Métis people Public viewing to be held for George Floyd in Houston, a day ahead of funeral

A public viewing will be held Monday for George Floyd from noon to 6 p.m. local time at the Fountain of Praise in Houston, where he grew up. Several memorial services have already been held for Floyd, a man remembered as as a gentle soul and commanding presence. The 46-year-old died in May after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has sparked demonstrations that continue to erupt in cities across the country to protest police brutality, with Floyd’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” giving life to a searing moment in the nation’s fraught struggle for human rights. Floyd’s funeral and burial will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. 

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Hundreds of people held a private memorial in honor of George Floyd in his North Carolina birth town.

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Métis people Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall along southeast Louisiana coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to weaken early Monday, after the lopsided storm crashed ashore in Louisiana and ginned up dangerous weather farther east, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida. Cristobal made a Saturday afternoon landfall between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the since-evacuated barrier island resort community of Grand Isle, with 50-mph (85-kph) winds. Making landfall well under hurricane strength, the storm had begun weakening as it moved inland late Sunday night – but heavy rainfall and a storm surge were continuing along the Gulf Coast, posing a threat across a wide area into the Florida Panhandle. 

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Métis people Officer charged in George Floyd’s death to make court appearance

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 on Monday. Chauvin has been in jail since his arrest on May 29 – two days after he pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, which, according to a county medical examiner, led to Floyd’s death. All four police officers involved in Floyd’s killing, which has been ruled a homicide, will face charges.

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Métis people Democrats to unveil legislation aimed at addressing police violence inequalities in the justice system

Congressional Democrats are set to unveil legislation Monday aimed at addressing some of the concerns raised by protesters following the death of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. The legislation would address inequalities in the justice system, racial profiling and excessive use of force, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “What happened with George Floyd is so heartbreaking,” she said Thursday, noting it as “an inflection point” that could herald meaningful change. Later in the week, Philonise Floyd will talk about his brother’s death during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police brutality and racial profiling. 

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Terrence Floyd calls for peaceful non-violent protests as hundreds joined in a George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn. (June 4)

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Métis people New York City begins to reopen amid coronavirus pandemic

New York City — once considered the United States’ epicenter for coronavirus — is on track to begin reopening Monday as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal protective equipment and will focus on infection rates in hot spots by ZIP code. Construction and other manufacturing-type facilities will be operational for the first time since being shuttered March 22. On Sunday, New York City lifted the nightly curfew imposed after looting broke out early last week amid George Floyd protests. The 8 p.m. curfew had been scheduled to continue at until 5 a.m. Monday. 

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New York City is on track to begin reopening on June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis. (May 29).

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