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It’s #BlackoutTuesday, a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of #GeorgeFloyd. This movement has spread on social media, where organizations, brands and individuals are posting solemn messages featuring stark black backgrounds, sometimes tagging the posts with the BlackLivesMatter hashtag. But activists want you to know you might actually be doing more harm than good by using that particular hashtag, because the sea of black squares is clogging up a channel used for critical updates. “We know that’s it no intent to harm but to be frank, this essentially does harm the message,” mental health advocate and Black Lives Matter activist Kenidra Woods posted on Twitter. “We use hashtag to keep ppl updated. PLS stop using the hashtag for black images!!” So if you’re going to post, activists request that you leave the BLM hashtag out of it, or use #BlackoutTuesday instead. (📸: CNN)
Hours after George Floyd’s brother asked protesters to abstain from violence, the Minneapolis site where a police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds last week was being treated as a sacred memorial. The subdued scene on Monday was in a sharp contrast with what was taking place in other cities across the country overnight where protesters were undeterred by curfews, enforced in an effort to curb the unrest that has erupted in the week. (📸: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images and Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
The final words of George Floyd are flying across the skies of US cities. As demonstrations against police brutality have spread through the country and the world, artist Jammie Holmes found a new way to immortalize Floyd's cries for help. Banners reading "Please I can't breathe" and "They're going to kill me" were seen trailing airplanes above Detroit and New York City respectively. Others flown across Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas, read "My stomach hurts," "My neck hurts" and "Everything hurts." (📸: Jammie Holmes/Library Street Collective/Hayden Stinebaugh/Sue Kwon/Andre De Aguilar/Mark LaBoyteaux/Ricky Fabrizio)
Protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis have now spread worldwide. Over the weekend, demonstrators gathered in London, Berlin, Auckland, New Zealand, and elsewhere to protest against police brutality in solidarity with demonstrators in the US. (📸: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images, Omar Haj Kadour/AFP, Hannah Peters/Getty Images, Hollie Adams/Getty Images, Arindam Shivaani/NurPhoto/Getty Images, Sean Gallup/Getty Images and Mairo Cinquetti/Shutterstock)
President Trump posed with a Bible outside St. John's Church in Washington on Monday after declaring himself "your president of law and order" and vowing to return order to American streets using the military if widespread violence isn't quelled. Trump was angered by coverage depicting him holed up in his bunker during the protests, a source said, and his desire to be seen where the protests had occurred partly drove the decision to stage a photo-op at the church. Earlier, police used tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades to clear the area of peaceful protesters. (📸: Patrick Semansky/AP)
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An independent autopsy found that #GeorgeFloyd died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure," according to attorney Ben Crump. This is at odds with the preliminary report from the medical examiner, which found "no physical findings" to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation." Tap the link in our bio to learn more. (📸: Courtesy of Ben Crump Law Firm)
President Trump, agitated and distressed after three nights of violent protests in dozens of cities across the country, told the nation's governors in a video teleconference Monday to aggressively target violent protesters he said would only respond to a show of force. "You have to dominate or you'll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people," the President said, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by CNN. "It's a movement, if you don't put it down it will get worse and worse," Trump said. "The only time it’s successful is when you're weak and most of you are weak." (📸: Saul Martinez/Getty Images)
While tensions between police and protesters boiled over in some cities, other officers joined the movement. In New York, some of the city’s police officers knelt with protesters on Sunday. "I definitely didn’t expect that," said Aleeia Abraham, who shot a video of the moment. "I’ve never seen that." In Michigan, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson walked with protesters after they chanted “walk with us!” In Florida Saturday, several officers from various agencies knelt with protesters in prayer in front of Coral Gables City Hall.
In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, artists have been quick to respond with works that seek to memorialize, to provoke and to heal. “Art is therapy. Art can say things you cannot express with words. It brings the community together to reflect, to grieve, for strength and for support,” said Cadex Herrera, one of the artists who painted a mural of Floyd where he was arrested in Minneapolis. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about the art and the artists. (📸: Shirien Damra, Nikkolas Smith, John Minchillo/AP and Theoplis Smith III)
This the moment astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley successfully disembarked the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and entered the International Space Station. The pair emerged, smiling, from the capsule and were greeted by other astronauts and cosmonauts, who were already on board the orbiting laboratory. The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the astronauts have now made it through two major milestones — launch and docking — without encountering any major issues. That's a huge win for SpaceX, which has been working toward this moment since the company was founded in 2002.
Brazil is one of the few large countries in the world where coronavirus cases and death rates are still rising, with confirmed cases climbing by the thousands each day. Only the United States has more confirmed cases than Brazil. The health care system in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, is wavering on the brink of collapse and its mayor warned that the health system could be overwhelmed soon if residents don't follow social-distancing guidelines. Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat of the virus, calling Covid-19 a “little flu.” (📸: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images/ Andre Coelho/Getty Images / Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images / Tarso Sarraf/AFP/Getty Images / Fabio Vieira/FotoRua/NurPhoto/Getty Images / Fabio Vieira/FotoRua/NurPhoto/Getty Images)