Desk Report: Mr Hancock said: “Like so many, I am appalled by the death of George Floyed and I understand why people are deeply upset, but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat and the reason that it is vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease. So please, for the safety of your loved ones, do not attend large gatherings, including demonstrations of more than six people. We all need to stay alert, control the virus and save lives”.
Protests began in the US after a video showed Mr Floyd, 46, being arrested on 25 May in Minneapolis which the footage showed Mr Floydgasping for air and stating that he could not breathe during the arrest by four officers. They have since been charged over the death of Mr Floyd which has sparked several days of protests in the US and Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world.