Security measures in the US have been lifted as unrest over the death in police custody of African-American George Floyd eases.

New York ended its nearly week-long curfew and President Donald Trump said he was ordering the National Guard to start withdrawing from Washington DC.

The unrest has largely been replaced by largely peaceful worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.

Black Lives Matter protests continued on Sunday in European nations.

In the city of Bristol in the UK protesters tore down a statue of Edward Colston, a prominent 17th Century slave trader.

George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May. Video showed him pinned to the floor, with a white police officer kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes.

Officer Derek Chauvin has been dismissed and charged with murder. Three other officers who were at the scene have also been sacked and charged with aiding and abetting.

Floyd’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston, his home city before he moved to Minneapolis.

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is due to travel to Texas on Monday to meet Floyd’s family ahead of the service and offer his condolences, two senior aides told Reuters news agency. He is not expected to attend the funeral.

Biden also took to Twitter on Sunday to hit out at Trump’s handling of the protests, saying he had “callously used his [words as a president] to incite violence, stoke the flames of hatred and division, and drive us further apart”.

Hours earlier, President Trump had tweeted that the National Guard could start withdrawing from the capital as “everything is under perfect control”.

“They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!” he said.

The National Guard is the reserve military force that can be called on by the US president or state governors to intervene in domestic emergencies.

Trump’s previous threats to use military force against protesters has prompted a wave of criticism from high-ranking military officials, including his own former defence secretary, General Jim Mattis.

On Sunday, Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added his voice during an interview with CNN, accusing the president of “drifting away” from the constitution. Powell, who led the US military during the Gulf War, added he would be voting for Biden.

Responding on Twitter President Trump called Powell “overrated” and pointed to his involvement in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Gen Martin Dempsey, Joint Chief of Staffs chairman under Barrack Obama, told ABC’s The Week that the president’s words had hurt relations between the US public and the military.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CBS News’ Face the Nation that she would like Trump to “put tweeting aside for a little bit” and have a conversation with the American people.

Washington had seen angry protests outside the White House, particularly last Monday when demonstrators were cleared for Trump to walk to a nearby church.

Saturday’s massive protest in the capital was peaceful.

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