George Floyd killing: reports of over 10,000 arrested as protests enter 10th day – live

Unofficial figure suggests more than 10,000 people arrested in protests against racism and police brutality; ex-defense secretary James Mattis accuses Trump of dividing US

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Writer and Yale PhD candidate Philip V McHarris has written a blistering opinion piece for us today about the situation that has led the country to the grief, protests and violence seen over the last few days:

It’s far less likely that we would be witnessing the widespread, multiracial rebellion that we are seeing today if Black communities – and all other marginalized communities – had the resources to thrive, weren’t brutalized and killed by police, and had access to free healthcare, a universal basic income, safe and comfortable housing, dignified work and quality schools.

No amount of law and order can repress the desire to live full lives, where people’s basic needs are met, and their lives are not plagued by routine violence and cut short by premature death.

Related: The George Floyd protests – and riots – are a rebellion against an unjust system | Philip McHarris

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The first of three memorial services for George Floyd will be held today in Minneapolis, with all of the police officers involved in his death now in custody and facing charges,

Renowned civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and the Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump will be among the speakers at the event today.

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Unofficial figure suggests more than 10,000 people arrested in protests against racism and police brutality; ex-defense secretary James Mattis accuses Trump of dividing US ‘Your lives matter’: Obama offers words of hopeMeghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks out over George Floyd killingAre you taking part in US protests?Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.38pm BST Writer and Yale PhD candidate Philip V McHarris has written a blistering opinion piece for us today about the situation that has led the country to the grief, protests and violence seen over the last few days: It’s far less likely that we would be witnessing the widespread, multiracial rebellion that we are seeing today if Black communities – and all other marginalized communities – had the resources to thrive, weren’t brutalized and killed by police, and had access to free healthcare, a universal basic income, safe and comfortable housing, dignified work and quality schools. No amount of law and order can repress the desire to live full lives, where people’s basic needs are met, and their lives are not plagued by routine violence and cut short by premature death. Related: The George Floyd protests – and riots – are a rebellion against an unjust system | Philip McHarris 12.32pm BST The first of three memorial services for George Floyd will be held today in Minneapolis, with all of the police officers involved in his death now in custody and facing charges, Renowned civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and the Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump will be among the speakers at the event today. Continue reading…

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