Washington gears up for major protest as US officials move to rein in police

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 06, 2020, 04.48 PM(IST)

Members of the DC National Guard arrive on the White House campus as protests over the death of George Floyd continue June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC Photograph:( AFP )

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George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck for nearly nine minutes. 

Washington police chief said that protesters were expected to gather in Washington for a huge demonstration on Saturday, as US street marches over the killing of a black man in custody enter a 12th day and authorities move to rein in policing tactics.

George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck for nearly nine minutes. 

The death has sparked days of protests across the United States against racism and police brutality, and also demonstrations around the world.

Some activists on social media have called for a million people to attend a protest in the capital.

"We have a lot of public, open source information to suggest that the event on this upcoming Saturday may be one of the largest we've ever had in the city," Washington DC Police Chief Peter Newsham was quoted as saying to the local media, adding that much of the city center would be closed to traffic from early in the day.

Newsham did not give a crowd estimate. Local media has predicted tens of thousands of attendees.

On Friday, marches and gatherings took place in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, New York and Denver, among other places, while protesters massed again, in the rain, in front of the White House.