George Floyd death: Family demand justice as protesters defy city curfews

3 June 2020, 02:36 | Updated: 4 June 2020, 07:24

The mother of George Floyd's daughter has made an emotional plea for justice, sobbing as she insisted he was a good man "no matter what anybody thinks".

With her six-year-old daughter Gianna clinging to her, Roxie Washington said she wanted all four officers involved in Mr Floyd's death to pay for the killing, which has sparked fierce protests across the US and the world.

"At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna doesn't have a father.

"He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle."

Ms Washington made her remarks during a news conference at Minneapolis City Hall.

"He loved her, he loved her so much," she said.

"I'm here for my baby. I'm here for George because I want justice for him, and I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good."

George Floyd, 46, died last week in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note in a shop.

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Ms Washington's plea came as protests over his death continued across America, with around 40 cities imposing curfews.

But things were calmer than on Monday - when police fired tear gas at crowds in the US capital as Donald Trump made his way for a photo opportunity.

In Washington, people gathered outside Lafayette Park near the White House.

The crowd started thinning out on its own after 8pm - an hour after a curfew went into place - with a few hundred remaining, chanting at police.

Around 1,600 army troops have been deployed to the Washington region.

They are not yet involved in policing the protests but a Pentagon spokesman said they were on "heightened alert".

In New York, there were arrests as well as some reports of looting as thousands of demonstrators remained on the streets after its 8pm curfew.

Some businesses, fearing a repeat of the violence of the day before, had boarded up their windows

However, mayor Bill de Blasio rejected calls from Mr Trump to bring in the National Guard after the president tweeted that "lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart".

There were also "hundreds" of arrests in Los Angeles overnight, said a police spokesperson, as protesters ignored the 6pm curfew.

Sky's reporter at one demonstration in Hollywood said it appeared that police wanted to avoid confrontation.

Other marches took place in Portland, Miami, Houston, Boston and Seattle - where people lay on the floor with their hands behind their back mimicking the position Mr Floyd was in when he died.

Demonstrations have also spread around the world, and in Paris riot officers fired tear gas at protesters who threw missiles and set fires during an unauthorised demonstration against police violence and racial injustice.

Several thousand people had previously rallied peacefully for two hours around the main Paris courthouse in homage to George Floyd and to Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody.

Police had banned the protest because of coronavirus restrictions that banned any gathering of more than 10 people.