A shift in protests, Augusta sets an example and more: George Floyd updates

Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 6:28 AM EDT
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Friday, June 6, 2020

After days of unrest and violence, the tenor of the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police is shifting.

The mood has gone from explosive anger over racial injustice and excessive force by law enforcement to conversations about what it will take to turn things around.

For example:

• In Atlanta on Thursday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms walked with protesters downtown and told the crowd through a megaphone that “there is something better on the other side of this.” “We are in the midst of a movement in this country,” she said. “But it’s going to be incumbent upon all of us to be able to get together and articulate more than our anger. We got to be able to articulate what we want as our solutions.”

• In Texas, protesters cheered as Fort Worth officers joined the front of a march. Police in Austin also walked with dozens of members of the University of Texas football team as they made their way from campus to the state Capitol to honor Floyd's memory. Once there, the group and police officers took a knee for nine minutes.

• There were still skirmishes in the Bronx and elsewhere. In Buffalo, a police commissioner suspended two officers after video from WBFO showed a man being shoved after walking up to police as they were enforcing a curfew Thursday night. The man appeared to hit his head on the pavement and blood leaked out as officers walk past. The man was hospitalized.

Here are some of the other key developments related to the Floyd case:

Across our region

• The small town of Washington, Ga., has had its share of what many call racial injustice and inequality. But

for change.

"Mayor Davis and I talked about the peaceful protest here. That's the way it's been across most of the state, and that's the way we expect it to continue to be," Kemp said

• The News 12 I-TEAM learned that images like the bodycam video of George Floyd's death


Across the U.S.

• Representatives of rapper Kanye West said he's

West is also helping with the legal bills for Floyd's family, as well as those of slain jogger

and Breonna Taylor.

over a copyright claim. The move adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, who is one of its most widely followed users.

• Testifying before a U.S. House hearing, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

. Social distancing guidelines often aren't followed at the protests and not everyone wears a mask.

as he delivered a eulogy for George Floyd. “On August 28, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, we’re going back to Washington,” Sharpton said.

, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald Trump walked to a nearby church to take a photo.

• Deputies are investigating a

Sheriff Andre Brunson said the wooden cross was set ablaze Thursday night in Macon County. WRBL-TV reported that three people in passing cars stopped and ran up to scene with a fire extinguisher, calling 911 and knocking the cross down. One of them described seeing what "looked like a shadow” fleeing from the scene.

• Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than

. The 70-second video was released on social media platforms and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.

From reports by WRDW, CNN and The Associated Press

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