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Massive, peaceful protests across US demand police reform

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 00:08:29-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality have filled American cities. Tens of thousands of people marched peacefully Saturday. But by evening, Seattle police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd hurling rocks, bottles and explosives a day after city leaders temporarily banned a type of tear gas. The largest U.S. demonstration appeared to be in Washington, where protesters flooded streets from the Capitol to the White House. It came as mourners in North Carolina waited to glimpse the golden coffin carrying George Floyd's body. The black man's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has galvanized the expanding movement. Collectively, it's perhaps the largest one-day mobilization since Floyd’s death 12 days ago.