BLM supporters take to the streets in New York after Floyd’s verdict

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The rallies of supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement (“Black Lives Matter”, BLM) began in New York amid the verdict in the case of the death of African American George Floyd, RIA Novosti reports on Monday, April 20.

The actions take place in different areas of the metropolis, including Times Square and Brooklyn.

It is noted that the situation at the rally in Times Square is still calm. There are only a few dozen BLM activists.

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the protesters to remain calm.

“I call for peace and tranquility tonight as we begin to work towards making further progress,” he wrote in Twitter

The mayor noted that the authorities will continue to “implement real police reforms and make the country safer for all Americans.”

Earlier on Tuesday, April 20, a jury in an American Minneapolis court found former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of African American George Floyd on all three counts. Judge Peter Cahill thanked the panel for the work done.

Chauvin on May 25 last year, when arresting Floyd, used a chokehold. The African American passed away shortly thereafter. After Floyd’s death, there were massive protests and riots in the United States. To restore calm, the US National Guard joined local law enforcement agencies. Around 40 cities, including Washington and New York, had curfews.