One day after Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser requested President Donald Trump remove additional law enforcement and out-of-city National Guard, she joined thousands of protesters on the streets of the nation's capital on Saturday.
Mayor Bowser tweeted footage of the street painting on a section of 16th Street in the USA capital with a message to Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police who has inspired country-wide protests along with George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody.
We can only hope that this is the beginning of the bridge to fully understand her undeserved citizens and to create public policy that will truly give Black people in Washington D.C. the resources they need to get free.
While many demonstrators expressed anger and pain over the deaths of black people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there was also a thread of joy in many parts of the area.
Floyd, a black man, was killed last month when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
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Her endorsement of the project follows her verbal clashes with the Trump administration over the response to protests of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
"Keep in mind that's the people's house", she said.
"As Washingtonians, we simply all want to be here together in peace to demonstrate that in America, you can peacefully assemble, you can bring grievances to your government, and you can demand change", Bowser said.
Bowser has complained about the heavy-handed federal response to the protests and called for the removal of out-of-state National Guard troops. "Black Lives Matter means Defund the police". Bowser later rescinded funding to put up out-of-state National Guard members in hotels.
The 900 active-duty military police officers taken to bases around Washington after the civil unrest after Floyd's death are heading home, the Defense Department said Friday.
The atmosphere of the protests was largely peaceful, joyful and optimistic.
Trump, who is seeking re-election in November, was cheered on Friday by an unexpected jump in USA employment in May, defying predictions of further job losses inflicted by the pandemic.
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