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George Floyd’s family demand justice as protesters defy city curfews

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George Floyd's family demand justice as protesters defy city curfews

The mother of George Floyd's daughter demanded justice for him, insisting that he was a good man.

The 46-year-old died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a store.

With her six-year-old daughter, Gianna, clinging to her, Roxie Washington said she wanted all four police officers involved in Floyd's death to pay for the murder, which sparked protests in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Gianna clung to her mother during the press conference

"At the end of the day, they come home and stay with their families. Gianna has no father.

"He will never see you grow, graduate. He will never accompany you down the hall."

While Washington made his remarks during a brief press conference at Minneapolis City Hall, Gianna clung to her mother, sometimes with a frown.

"He loved her, he loved her very much," he added.

"I'm here for my baby. I'm here for George because I want justice for him, and I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anyone thinks, he was good."

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Washington joined family lawyers and close family friend Stephen Jackson, a former National Basketball Association player.

"Why do we have to see her pain? I'm here to get justice for my brother … and somehow, damn it, we're going to make it," said Jackson.

Meanwhile, protests continue in the US, with about 40 cities imposing a curfew.

In Washington DC, a crowd gathered outside Lafayette Park, near the White House, where a day earlier federal authorities forcibly removed protesters to make way for a photo opportunity for the president.

The crowd started to thin out on its own after 8 pm – an hour after curfew – with a few hundred remaining, singing to a line of police and soldiers.

About 1,600 US Army soldiers were sent to the Washington DC region, but a Pentagon spokesman said they were in "increased alert status" but "do not participate in defense support for civilian authority operations" .

Thousands of protesters remained on the streets of New York after the 8 pm curfew, but Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected Donald Trump's requests to bring in the National Guard.

Other marches took place in Seattle, Portland, Miami, Houston, Columbia and Los Angeles.

Demonstrations spread across the world, and in Paris, riot officers fired tear gas as demonstrators who fired missiles and set fire to an unauthorized demonstration against police violence and racial injustice.

Several thousand people had gathered peacefully for two hours around the main court in Paris in honor of George Floyd and Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody.

The police had banned the protest because of coronavirus restrictions that prohibited any gathering of more than 10 people.

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