The meaning behind four letters being graffitied at protests

An acronym has been seen scribbled on walls and signs as the US enters a seventh night of looting and vandalism in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Some protestors that have taken to the streets have spray painted ACAB on vandalised shops’ walls, while others have drawn the four letters on their faces. 

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The acronym, which is also trending online, stands for “All Cops Are Bastards” and is often interchanged with “1312.”

ACAB can be seen spray painted outside a business. Source: Getty

Tensions between rioters and police are continuing to escalate as peaceful protests are highjacked by violence.

President slams ‘weak’ governors over riots

President Donald Trump on Monday (local time) derided many governors as “weak” and demanded tougher crackdowns on burning and stealing among some demonstrations.

Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference that also included law enforcement and national security officials, telling the state leaders they “have to get much tougher.”

“Most of you are weak,” Trump said. 

Dozens of cities across the United States remain under curfews at a level not seen since riots following the 1968 assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr, when the National Guard was deployed in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

Curfews were extended in Washington, DC, where authorities fought to put out fires near the White House overnight; in Minnesota, which has experienced some of the worst violence, and in Los Angeles.

One person was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, overnight where police and National Guard troops returned fire while trying to disperse a crowd. Police in Chicago, the country’s third-largest city, fielded more than 10,000 reports of looting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a briefing.

Family reveal results of independent autopsy

Floyd’s family revealed on Monday (local time) two doctors who carried out an independent autopsy say the 46-year-old died from asphyxiation and that his death was a homicide.

The doctors on Monday also said Floyd had no underlying medical conditions that contributed to his death - and that he was likely dead before he was placed into an ambulance.

That contradicts the initial findings of the official autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, which was cited in the court charging document against the police officer who drove his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes.

with AAP and Reuters

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