State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan said on Friday, June 5, that authorities are expecting over 100 protests across New Jersey state on the weekend of Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Around 30 demonstrations are being actively monitored by local authorities on Friday and most protests have remained peaceful. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has been urging demonstrators to take precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, and getting tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) if they have been exposed.
Further protests and associated unrest are likely in New Jersey state in the near term.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US, most of which have reportedly passed off peacefully.
Individuals in New Jersey state and across metropolitan areas in the US are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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