Jun 06, 2020 13:50 UTC
  • US protestors vow to continue rallies until change happens

Protests across the US condemning police violence against African Americans continued on Friday, as demonstrators vowed to turn their extraordinary grief into a sustained movement following the death of George Floyd. 

America’s most significant demonstrations in 50 years resumed for an 11th day across the US as the mood mostly shifted from explosive rage to more peaceful calls for police reform.

Josiah Roebuck, a university student who used social media to help gather 100 people to protest Friday in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, is confident the momentum will last.

“Once you start, you’re going to see this every day,” said Roebuck, who has attended multiple protests. “I just want minorities to be represented properly.”

Community activists were working to convert anger and grief into long-term action. “We are taking more of the strategy of: ‘How do we actually invest people’s energy beyond protesting?’” said Tifanny Burks, a community organizer. “We are thinking long term.”

The civil unrest across the US had initially been more violent and chaotic, but Friday marked the third day of more subdued demonstrations.

Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 after now fired and arrested officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who eulogized Floyd at his funeral service in Minneapolis on Thursday, said Friday that a commemorative march is bring planned in Washington on August 28.

Floyd's death has reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African Americans and unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the US since Martin Luther King Jr's 1968 assassination.

US civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Donald Trump, after police fired tear gas to clear peaceful demonstrators outside the White House before the president walked to a church for a photo op earlier this week.