Protests In Metro Area; COVID-19 Deaths Rise: The Week In News

Michael Seale

BIRMINGHAM, AL — The past week was not short of significant news stories throughout the country, and the Birmingham metro was not exception. Protests surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minnesota prompted demonstrations, rallies and riots in just about every major city in the country, Birmingham included.

Not to be outdone, the state saw a high daily spike in COVID-19 deaths this past week, and legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye passed away at the age of 80.

Here are those stories and more from the week of June 1-6:

Legendary Auburn Coach Pat Dye Dead At Age 80

Auburn's legendary former head football coach and athletic director Pat Dye died Monday. He had been hospitalized with a kidney illness.

Protests In Birmingham Result In Riots, Looting

What started Sunday as a rally to observe victims of police brutality ended with protests over the death of George Floyd that resulted in vandalism, looting and multiple arrests.

Linn Park Confederate Monument Removed By City

The City of Birmingham began removal of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument in Linn Park Monday night.

Police Officer Killed In Moody, 2 Charged With Murder

Two people have been charged with capital murder in the death of Lt. Stephen Williams of the Moody Police Department. Williams was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday night.

21 COVID-19 Deaths Confirmed In One Day In Alabama

Despite lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases this week in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health Friday confirmed 672 deaths from the virus, 21 more than the total reported Thursday.

This article originally appeared on the Birmingham Patch