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    Black Lives Matter Protests Sweep Across Globe Following Death of George Floyd (125)
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    The killing of African American man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May sparked a wave of protests against police brutality and institutionalised racism, which spread to all 50 states and numerous countries worldwide.

    The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives said it has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which seeks to increase police accountability and eradicate racial violence in law enforcement bodies.

    The discussions of new police legislation come amid nationwide protests over two police-related killings of African Americans. On 25 May, George Floyd died after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. On Saturday, an African American in Atlanta was shot after scuffling with two police officers near a Wendy's fast-food restaurant.

     

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      Police in US City of Atlanta Deny Ignoring Calls After Ex-Officer Charged Over Brooks' Death

      "Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents", the Atlanta Police Department said in response to the reports.

      The CNN reported on Wednesday evening, citing sources, that an "unusual" number of officers had called out sick during the late shift, with the department not responding to calls in three of its six zones. Speculations have emerged that the police officers were ignoring the calls in solidarity with the officer behind the death of the African American man.

    • 17:09

      US House Clerk to Remove Portraits of Four Ex-Speakers Who Served in Confederacy, Pelosi Says

      "I have sent a letter to the [House] Clerk to remove the portraits of four Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy", Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a press conference. "Tomorrow the clerk will oversee the removal".

      The former men Robert Hunter, James Orr, Howell Cobb and Charles Crisp, served as speaker in terms during the period from 1839 to 1895.

      "There is no room in this temple of democracy to memorialize [the] violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy... We must lead by example", she said.

      Pelosi said she and other congressional leaders had been unaware of the existence of the portraits until an inventory of statues and other art in the Capitol was taken.

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