The sixth day of pressure and protest brought the most concrete responses yet from the mayor, governor, police commissioner, and others — including some pledges for change. “We only have one message, and that’s police reform,” said protest organizer Sixx King.
Retailers, day cares, and offices in the city will be allowed to reopen on a limited basis Friday for the first time in about 10 weeks. Outdoor eating is to be approved in a week.
While demonstrators marched, police officers were notably absent from the street corners they occupied en masse on previous days of protest, instead surveying from a distance.
The directive was sent to all Police Department employees after citizens aired concerns about officers blocking badge numbers with mourning crepes.
Hollywood celebrities, musicians and the politically powerful attended a memorial service that began a three-city farewell to the man who was anonymous in life but sparked global protests for justice in death.