George Floyd protests: fired officer to appear in court as calls to defund police sweep US – live

Posted by on June 8, 2020 9:28 am
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2.28pm BST

New York will start its reopening process today, nearly three months after the iconic city came to a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of thousands of workers will return to work today as the city enters “phase one” of the reopening. While construction sites and retail stores can now resume operations with social distancing restrictions in place, businesses like hair salons and gyms will remain shuttered.

Getting here took the sacrifice of millions of New Yorkers who learned to live radically different lives. More than 205,000 have been infected, and nearly 22,000 have died.

As many as 400,000 workers could begin returning to construction jobs, manufacturing sites and retail stores in the city’s first phase of reopening— a surge of normalcy that seemed almost inconceivable several weeks ago, when the city’s hospitals were at a breaking point and as many as 800 people were dying from Covid-19 on a single day. …

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This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Oliver Holmes.

As the country grapples with the question of whether to defund police departments after the killing of George Floyd, the president is busy griping about his polling numbers.

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