Live updates: Protests against police violence continue for fifth night across Texas

What you need to know Wednesday:

  • Protests continue for a fifth night
  • Officer assigned to state capitol tests positive for coronavirus

Officer assigned to protect state capitol during protests tests positive for coronavirus

An officer temporarily assigned to The Texas Capitol to provide extra security during protests over police violence has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Austin-American Statesman reports.

“We understand the case involves the DPS/national guard security contingent temporarily assigned to the Capitol,” State Preservation Board spokesman Chistopher Currens said in an email, according to the Statesman.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard did not immediately respond to request for comment, the Statesman reported. The Texas Capitol has been closed to the public since March to reduce spread of the new coronavirus. — Sami Sparber

Protests continue across Texas for a fifth night

For the fifth night in a row, people in cities across Texas including Austin, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth marched for George Floyd and in protest of police violence. In Houston, more than 60,000 people marched chanting, carrying signs and demanding “Justice 4 George Floyd.” Mayor Sylvester Turner and several other elected officials joined the march.

The Dallas Morning News reported a quieter night on Tuesday, after two previous nights of protesting where hundreds of people were arrested. On Tuesday, Dallas officials announced an expansion of the zones where the city’s 7 p.m. curfew would be enforced.

In Austin, hundreds of people gathered around the police headquarters and in front of the Texas state capitol.

Protesters march through downtown Houston demanding accountability and justice for African American lives lost to police v...

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