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Nation braces for outpouring of protests Saturday as clashes with police largely ebb

Demonstrators gathered in cities across the country on June 6, to protest the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. (Video: The Washington Post)
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Cities and towns across the United States braced for an outpouring of protest Saturday amid a national pushback against law enforcement excess following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Although clashes between protesters and police have ebbed in recent days, and curfews in some places have been lifted, tensions remained high, with mayhem around a flash point in Portland, Ore., extending into early Saturday.

Earlier, Minneapolis voted Friday to ban chokeholds, National Guardsmen in the nation’s capital were ordered to disarm, and a federal judge told Denver police to stop pelting protesters with chemicals and projectiles. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) ended nightly curfews for Minneapolis and St. Paul that had been in place for a week, and similar restrictions were lifted in Washington state, Los Angeles County and pockets of Southern California, along with much of the Bay Area.

In New York, police arrested protesters out after an 8 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn, and civil rights groups threatened to sue Mayor Bill de Blasio if he extends the nightly curfew past Monday morning.

Graphic: A guide to the less-lethal weapons that law enforcement uses against protesters

Here are some significant developments:

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