Second memorial for George Floyd underway in North Carolina Saturday after another night of protests

George Floyd’s second memorial will take place Saturday in the state where he was born after the 11th night of protests ignited by his death.
George Floyd’s second memorial will take place Saturday in the state where he was born after the 11th night of protests ignited by his death. (KPRC)

George Floyd’s second memorial will take place Saturday in the state where he was born after the 11th night of protests ignited by his death.

The first of several services honoring the man who died in police custody, launching national protests against racial bias in the US, took place Thursday in Minneapolis -- the city where he died.

Saturday's event will be a public viewing and private memorial in North Carolina, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said on Facebook.

"The memorial is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived, and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness," Peterkin said.

The remembrance of his life follows a night of de-escalation for protests in many cities across the US.

Curfews for both Denver and Minneapolis expired Friday morning, marking the first time in days that the cities were not under orders to manage protests.

"Every night it got quieter and quieter to the point where we don't see any need for the state to have a curfew. And so there is not going to be any curfew this weekend," Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety John Harrington said Friday.

In Washington, DC, where protestors have clashed with authorities, a "handful" of National Guard members that were armed earlier were ordered to no longer carry firearms, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said Friday. That same day, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that federal law enforcement be withdrawn, citing peaceful protests.