Thousands in Philadelphia protest George Floyd’s death
|Toronto Star 06 Jun 2020 at 13:52|
PHILADELPHIA - Thousands have gathered near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its famous “Rocky“ steps for another large demonstration Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd.
City officials earlier announced street closures, saying much of the city centre, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, would be closed to vehicles. A portion of interstate 676 running through the centre of the city was also closed in both directions, and bus routes were to be detoured.
Floyd, who was black, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck even as he pleaded for air and stopped moving. His death has sparked protests over police treatment of African Americans and racial injustice nationwide.
In Pittsburgh, authorities were searching for someone they said threw an improvised incendiary device at an officer last weekend, resulting in injuries to another officer. Police said the device exploded on the ground near Mellon Square, causing a nearby officer “to suffer concussion-like symptoms.“
Robert Swartzwelder, president of Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1, said the officer could have been “permanently disfigured, if not killed“ if he had been hit by the device.
Authorities announced formation of a task force to investigate what they call a small group of people amid largely peaceful protests “who have attacked journalists, looted businesses, caused property damage and committed other crimes such as arson.“