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George Floyd’s death: Police body camera footage emerges – BBC News

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George Floyd repeatedly told the police officers who detained him that he could not breathe

New police body camera videos have been shown in which George Floyd is seen pleading with officers as they try to force him into their car, US media say.

They say Mr Floyd told the Minneapolis officers he could not breathe, asking if he could lie on the ground instead.

A district judge allowed news outlets to view the two videos, which show the clearest picture yet of Mr Floyd’s last moments in Minneapolis on 25 May.

All four officers involved have since been fired and charged over his death.

Derek Chauvin, who in a separate video filmed by eyewitnesses was seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, has been charged with second-degree murder.

The three other officers – Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.

The death of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African American, sparked huge protests across the US against police brutality and racism.

In a separate development on Wednesday, Mr Floyd’s family sued Minneapolis and the four policemen for wrongful death.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said the suit was seeking monetary damages on behalf of Mr Floyd’s children and siblings.

What did the videos show?

The body camera recordings from Mr Lane and Mr Kueng form part of the ongoing case against all four police officers.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill allowed news outlets to view the videos, which have so far not been made public. Previously, only transcripts were made public.

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From left: Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane

The videos begin as Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng are seen responding to a call over a fake banknote being used at a local market, according to CNN.

It says that just seconds after speaking with a store employee, the officers were at the door of the car Mr Floyd was in and, after an initial knock with a torch, Mr Lane points a gun at Mr Floyd and orders him to put his hands up.

Mr Floyd is seen sobbing and pleading with the officers, and is then pulled from the vehicle as the officers struggle to handcuff him.

A big struggle ensues when Mr Lane and Mr Kueng attempt to put him in the police car.

Eventually, Mr Floyd falls out of the car, and it is at this point that the other two officers, Mr Thao and Mr Chauvin, appear in the videos, CNN reports.

They all try to restrain the suspect, and Mr Chauvin is later seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck.

During this time Mr Floyd is heard more than 20 times telling the officers that he cannot breathe.

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After George Floyd, Fresh Scrutiny of Old Cases – The New York Times

In the wake of outrage over Mr. Floyd’s death, several deadly episodes involving the police are receiving renewed attention.

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ATLANTA — The story of Elijah McClain’s death, which came after he was confronted and detained by police officers last year in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., did not go unnoticed by residents and the local news media in the weeks that followed.

Articles were published, and a few modest rallies were held. But it was nothing like the avalanche of fresh attention his killing received after the death last month of George Floyd sent thousands of protesters onto the nation’s streets, including in Colorado.

Now the story of Mr. McClain — a 23-year-old black man who had committed no crime but was reported as “suspicious” by a 911 caller — has come to occupy a central place in the state’s emotional and fast-moving debate over police reform.

Mr. McClain’s mother was a high-profile presence in the Statehouse this spring as legislators debated a sweeping police reform law. The city of Aurora recently banned a type of controversial hold that had been used to detain Mr. McClain, and jettisoned an outside investigator — who had been hired to look into the killing — because he was a former police officer.

“If George Floyd didn’t die, I don’t think people would have paid attention to Elijah McClain,” said Tay Anderson, an activist and director of the Denver Public Schools board, in an interview. “I think people would have continued to ignore it.”

Instead, celebrities like the singers Michelle Branch and Kacey Musgraves have been sharing Mr. McClain’s story on social media. And nearly 1.4 million people have signed a petition asking for the officers to be taken off duty and for a more rigorous investigation into Mr. McClain’s death.

Mr. McClain’s killing is among many deadly episodes involving the police that are now receiving renewed scrutiny in the wake of outrage over the death of Mr. Floyd, who gasped for breath beneath the weight of a police officer’s knee, a fatal encounter that was captured on video.

The death of Mr. Floyd, who was black, also unleashed a tsunami of demonstrations against police brutality and entrenched systemic racism, in turn elevating several cases that had been little known to the world but had burned like scars in the minds of neighbors.

Across the nation, from San Francisco to Houston to Duluth, Minn., the names of other men and women killed in confrontations with the police are now on the lips of protesters or back on the pages of the local newspapers.

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Some police killings that have followed Mr. Floyd’s have become flash points, such as the fatal shooting this month of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Within days, the police chief resigned, the police officer who pulled the trigger was fired and then charged with murder, a second officer was put on administrative duty and charged with assault, and the mayor announced a series of measures aimed at overhauling the Police Department.

In the New Orleans area, demonstrators have protested the fatal shooting of Modesto Reyes, a black man who was shot by sheriff’s deputies in suburban Jefferson Parish two days after Mr. Floyd’s death on Memorial Day. (The Sheriff’s Department said Mr. Reyes pointed a gun at deputies as they were chasing him.)

The reverberations of the moment have also reached back decades: In Minnesota last week, Mr. Floyd was invoked as part of a successful effort to secure the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, a black man wrongly convicted of raping a white woman 100 years ago.

“As I told the pardon board, the case of Max Mason is like the case of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Philando Castile,” said Jerry Blackwell, the Minneapolis lawyer who drafted the pardon application, mentioning the names of other black men whose violent deaths have become high-profile human rights causes. “What they all have in common is a stereotypical and racist view of black men in this country.”

It remains to be seen whether the renewed focus on many of these less prominent cases will have a tangible effect on their outcomes.

Sam Walker, an expert on police accountability at the University of Nebraska Omaha, said it was not clear whether old, closed cases would be reopened for investigation. But at the very least, he said, the new attention underscores the fact that problem cases are not anomalies.

“What I think is important is the extent to which the public discussion in the African-American community on these old cases really represents the collective memory that exists, that doesn’t exist for whites,” Mr. Walker said. “It dredges up all these old issues and passions: This happens all the time; justice is never done.”

District attorneys tend to deny that public opinion factors into their decisions to prosecute or not. But four days after Mr. Floyd’s death, the district attorney in Austin, Texas, took the unusual step of announcing that she would send a local case, the death of Michael Ramos, who was fatally shot by the police in April, to a grand jury.

Grand jury proceedings are secret, and normally prosecutors do not signal when one is being convened. But the district attorney, Margaret Moore, said times were different now.

“I thought it was important for the people of Travis County to know we are indeed prosecuting the case. I was hopeful that it would help this community,” she said. “Because of the heightened attention to these cases, the anger, the fear, the frustration — all of which I came into office three years ago intending to address in this community — I’m modifying now to answer the new demands of the moment.”

Outrage over Mr. Floyd’s death ushered renewed attention to several recent deaths. Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in March when the Louisville police broke down the door of her apartment in a raid that found no drugs. Her case garnered scant attention until after Mr. Floyd’s death, when the number of Google searches for her name immediately began to rise.

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In Oklahoma City, the police released video of the death of Derrick Scott, who died a year ago in police custody after a confrontation with officers. In Kansas City, Mo., this week, prosecutors announced the indictment of a white police detective for the 2019 fatal shooting of a black man, Cameron Lamb, whose name was among many that local demonstrators have been raising in street protests.

And in Houston, activists have been ratcheting up pressure on the Police Department to release body camera footage of the killing in April of a mentally ill 27-year-old Latino man, Nicolas Chavez. A harrowing video shot by a resident appears to show officers shooting Mr. Chavez multiple times while he is on his knees.

In some cases, news outlets have played a key role in bringing new details to light. In Austin, protesters have memorialized Javier Ambler, another Texas man, who died in March 2019. Williamson County sheriff’s deputies tried to stop Mr. Ambler for failing to dim his headlights, according to news reports, and then pursued him when he did not stop. They held him down and Tased him while he pleaded that he had congestive heart failure and could not breathe.

A film crew for “Live PD” was with the pursuing officer and filmed the encounter, but later claimed to have destroyed the footage because, the host said, the show had a policy of not showing fatalities. The show has since been canceled.

The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, the local ABC affiliate, had been requesting more information on the case for months, but had only recently obtained police documents and video, The American-Statesman reported. The newspaper published an article on June 8 that said Mr. Ambler had cried, “Save me,” before deputies shocked him a final time.

“His death never made headlines,” the article stated.

Street protests, too, have given the family members of those killed by the police a receptive audience for their stories.

On June 6 in Washington, Kenithia Alston, the mother of a young man killed by police officers two years earlier, took a microphone and told a street packed with hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters about her fruitless struggle to convince the capital’s Metropolitan Police Department to release the full, unedited body camera video of the incident.

“So what I’m asking all of you here today is to tweet, Facebook, Instagram — tell this mayor to release the body cam!” Ms. Alston said.

Four days later, the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city government on Ms. Alston’s behalf. The suit claims that her 22-year-old son Marqueese Alston was confronted and chased by the police “without good cause or valid basis” and shot 12 to 18 times.

The Police Department did not respond to questions about the case, but in news reports at the time, they said that Mr. Alston had fired at officers with a handgun. Ms. Alston said she was able to view a short, edited version of the body camera footage, but that it did not convince her that her son was armed. She also said it shows that her son was “running away from police when he was shot.”

Ms. Alston felt like some headway was being made. “It seems like people are starting to pay attention now,” she said.

But Ms. Alston’s lawyer, Zina Makar, a supervising attorney at Georgetown Law, said the case’s higher profile may only do so much for a matter that will ultimately be settled in court. “The interest is helpful,” Ms. Makar said, “but it doesn’t necessarily change the hurdles we have to jump.”

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Despite the growing clamor to look at new cases, some families know that theirs will not be among them — and they instead take solace in the ways in which the protests are pushing for broad criminal justice reforms.

In 1986, Jimmie Lee Bruce Jr., 20, was home from college for winter break and went to the movies in Walkill, N.Y., with friends. He was killed by a white police officer, moonlighting as a security guard, who put him in a chokehold in the parking lot. His mother, Maude Bruce, 75, was the president of the Ellenville, N.Y., chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.

She said that at the time there were rallies for her son outside the police station, and in Albany, where the governor acceded to demands to appoint a special prosecutor. Two grand juries declined to indict the officer, she said.

Ms. Bruce said there was no chance the case would be reopened. But recently, she listened as the assemblyman who represented her at the time testified in Albany in favor of a bill to ban chokeholds, which passed and was signed into law.

“He said Jimmie Lee Bruce Jr. didn’t die in vain,” she said, “because 36 years later, we are here.”

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George Floyd protest: Edward Colston statue thrown into Bristol harbor – CBS News

Worldwide protests for Black Lives Matter

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into Bristol Harbor on Sunday by protesters demonstrating against racism and police brutality in England. According to the BBC, one person was seen with their knee on the statue’s neck in reference to the fatal arrest of George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis inspired protests across the globe.

The bronze statue was erected in 1895, more than 150 years after Colston’s death and 88 years after Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807. Colston played a key role in the Royal African Company, a 17th century slave trader responsible for transporting around 80,000 indentured people to the Americas.

Colston’s name is on buildings, memorials and even streets. One such facility, a music venue known as Colston Hall, is working on changing its name.

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— Colston Hall (@Colston_Hall) June 2, 2020

Authorities say they will launch an investigation into the statue’s toppling. Home Secretary Priti Patel criticized the actions of protesters, telling the BBC the statue’s removal was “utterly disgraceful.”

Protesters in London also targeted a controversial statue, spray painting “was a racist” on the base of a statue of Winston Churchill. Also on Sunday, a statue of King Leopold II was defaced in Brussels with the word “shame,” as demonstrators chanted “reparations.”

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Live updates: George Floyd protests continue, pressure mounts on police and President Donald Trump – CBS News

 

Manhattan D.A. declines to prosecute protesters on low-level offenses

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Friday that his office will not prosecute protesters arrested on charges of unlawful assembly or disorderly conduct.

“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” his office said in a statement. “Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime.”

“We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard,” the office added.

The office added that the policy is intended to “minimize unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system, reduce racial disparities and collateral consequences in low-level offense prosecutions, and enable the Office and court system to preserve resources for the prosecution of serious crimes.” But it warned that individuals will still be prosecuted for crimes including violence against police officers, destruction, or looting. 

 

Uber will bail out food-delivery workers arrested past curfew

Online food-ordering service Uber Eats has pledged to offer its delivery workers legal support if they are wrongly arrested for violating New York City’s curfew while delivering on the app. 

“During the last several months, delivery people have been critical to keeping New York City going. None of these essential workers should now have to fear that they will be arrested simply for trying to work, especially when the city government has asked them to continue delivering food to New Yorkers during the curfew,” Uber said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch. 

The curfew, implemented to control protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, is in effect every day from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. until June 8, but essential workers, including people who make food deliveries, are permitted to do their jobs during those hours, according to the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

If they are stopped by police, delivery people need only to identify themselves as essential workers. They are not required to show ID or a business card. Those individuals who are not exempt from the curfew are to be given “every opportunity to return home,’ according to guidelines from the mayor’s office. 

Despite this, videos appear to show at least one delivery worker being arrested by NYPD officers while lawfully making a delivery just past curfew.  

 

California governor orders police to end use of “carotid holds”

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a hold that can block the flow of blood to the brain.

Newsom, a Democrat, took the action after two weeks of protests across the country prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd died on Memorial Day after a police officer put his knee on his neck for several minutes.

Since then, some police departments have moved to end the use of carotid holds that stop or slow the flow of blood to the brain. Newsom said that hold has no place in the 21st Century.

 

Michael Jordan announces $100 million donation to charities working to “ensure racial equality”

Basketball legend Michael Jordan announced Friday that he and the Jordan Brand will donate $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations working to “ensure racial equality.”

“Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people,” Jordan’s spokesperson said in a statement.

“Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education,” the statement added. 

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Former NBA star and owner of Charlotte Hornets team Michael Jordan in Paris on January 24, 2020.

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Congress crafts police reform legislation in response to police violence

In widespread protests across the country following the police killing of George Floyd, demonstrators are demanding that Congress take action to make police departments more accountable and to curb racial violence. Federal lawmakers are beginning to craft their legislative response. Congress is so far considering around a dozen proposals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that a new initiative would be introduced next week to end racial profiling and excessive use of force by police officers. The Congressional Black Caucus is leading the effort to put forward a package of bills on police reform in the coming days.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, the chairwoman of the CBC, told CBS News’ Major Garrett that police accountability was the “number one issue” with policing. She said that she expected the final package to incorporate several reforms, including a bill proposed by Representative Hakeem Jeffries that would ban police chokeholds. Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, introduced the legislation in 2015, after the killing of Eric Garner who, like Floyd, said, “I can’t breathe” as he was placed in a chokehold. 

“I’m inclined to push the envelope as far as we can because we have a moment now,” Bass said.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed Jeffries’ plan in a speech in Philadelphia earlier this week. As the issue of police violence and racial injustice comes to the forefront of the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden said legislation can’t wait until a new administration and called for making “a down payment” now on a policy response.

There are new bills to address elements of policing, and others are re-upping previous proposals. The various measures address accountability standards and the review process for misconduct, demilitarizing the police force, requirements and resources for body cameras, the overhaul of police training, and making the use of deadly force a last resort.  

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Ohio National Guardsman removed after expressing white supremacist views

Ohio’s governor on Friday announced a member of the state’s national guard has been suspended after the FBI discovered the guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology online, CBS affiliate WBNS reports.

“While I fully support everyone’s right to free speech, guardsmen and women are sworn to protect all of us, regardless of race, ethnic background, or religion,” Governor Mike DeWine said.

DeWine said the National Guard and Ohio Department of Public Safety are fully cooperating with the FBI in the investigation and the member is currently suspended from all missions.

“Following due process, it is highly likely that this individual will be permanently removed from the Ohio National Guard. I have directed General Harris to work with Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath to set up a procedure so occurrences like this do not happen in the future,” DeWine said.

 

South African president decries global racism

South Africa’s president is noting the “naked racism in the United States” and says he firmly believes “this is a moment we should regard as a turning point with regard to tackling racism around the world.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke as the ruling African National Congress launched a Black Friday event in response to the “heinous murder” of George Floyd and “institutionalized racism” in the U.S., at home and “wherever it rears its ugly head.”

Ramaphosa said human dignity is a universal aspiration and respect for it is “the only guarantee of any nation’s prosperity.” He pointed out South Africa’s enduring racial inequality a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid, and he expressed his “deepest regret” at the death of nearly a dozen South Africans allegedly at the hands of security forces during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.

While he said the deaths “do not have the obvious racial dimensions of the murder of George Floyd, they do rely on a similar contempt for the intrinsic human worth of the victim” and must be condemned “just as vehemently.” The cases are under investigation.

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A man screams “I can’t breath” whilst holding his neck during a protest against racism in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 5, 2020. 

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Supreme Court announcement on reexamining qualified immunity for police could come soon

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week after a police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, leaving him struggling to breathe, sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and calls for policing reforms.

While Congress has begun crafting legislation aimed at addressing inequities in the criminal justice system, the Supreme Court could as soon as Monday announce whether it, too, will jump into the national conversation on policing as it weighs appeals involving the legal doctrine that shields law enforcement from lawsuits for constitutional violations.

At their weekly conference Thursday, the justices were scheduled to discuss at least half a dozen cases pending before the court that involve qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects government officials from liability for conduct on the job unless they violate “clearly established” constitutional rights.

The doctrine was created by the high court decades ago, but legal experts calling on the Supreme Court to rethink qualified immunity believe the standard victims must meet to hold law enforcement accountable has become exceedingly difficult to reach.

“Qualified immunity has become a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Emma Andersson, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, told CBS News.

Andersson and the ACLU are representing Alexander Baxter, a Tennessee man, in one of the cases discussed by the justices Thursday. Baxter was bitten in the armpit by a police dog after surrendering to Nashville police who responded to a report of a residential burglary. The dog was released by one of the officers, Spencer Harris, after Baxter sat on the ground and raised his hands in surrender, according to the ACLU’s petition with the Supreme Court.

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Burning cross found atop interstate overpass in Alabama

Motorists driving along an interstate highway in a majority African American county near the home of historically black Tuskegee University late Thursday found a cross burning on an overpass, news outlets reported. The flaming cross was on top of a bridge over Interstate 85 in Macon County Thursday night, Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson told WRBL-TV. Police were investigating, but no suspects or arrests were announced.

John Bolton, who saw the burning cross while in a car on I-85, told the news outlet he saw what “looked like a shadow” flee from the scene as he ran toward the blaze with two other men who were with him. He then called 911 while “one of the guys climbed up to the bridge to knock the cross down,” Bolton said.A few minutes later, deputies arrived and helped extinguish the fire, Brunson said. Once the fire was gone, Bolton said they saw a tire and a fuel canister had also been set on fire.

Cross burnings have historically been used by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations to rally supporters and terrorize black people in the South and elsewhere.

Brunson told the Opelika-Auburn News that police “just can’t let people get away doing that.”

“That is something to strike fear in people’s hearts, and we’re not going to let people make them afraid. We need to bring that person to justice.”

 

Alexis Ohanian resigns from Reddit board, says “fill my seat” with black candidate

The co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, announced Friday that he is resigning from the board of the company. He said he has urged board members to fill his seat with a black candidate. 

Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit 15 years ago, announced his resignation in a blog post on Friday. He said that it is “long overdue” for him to “do the right thing” amid ongoing protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd

“I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country,” Ohanian said. “I’m saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?'”

“I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate,” the venture capitalist said. He added that he plans to use future gains on his stock with the company to serve the black community.

Ohanian also announced he is pledging $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s “Know your Rights Camp,” which aims to educate, empower and mobilize black and brown communities. 

 

Minneapolis agrees to ban chokeholds and require cops to intervene against unauthorized use of force

Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer, CBS Minnesota reports.

The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday.

The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors.

 

Cuomo says Buffalo police video “disturbs your basic sense of humanity”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that video of an elderly man being pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York, “disturbs your basic sense of humanity.” The video shows the man bleeding from his head after hitting the pavement. 

“It’s just fundamentally offensive and frightening… Who are we? How did we get to this place?” he said of the video. The governor said he spoke to the man in the video on the phone Friday, adding: “Who, thankfully, is alive.”

Two Buffalo officers have been suspended over the incident. Cuomo said he also supports firing the officers, but noted that it is dependent on union rules. 

 

D.C. paints “Black Lives Matter” in huge letters near White House

City workers and activists painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia’s embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. The letters and an image of the city’s flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage.

Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination.

Determination to make America the land it ought to be. pic.twitter.com/XOfu6CGEGY

— Mayor Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020

“The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,'” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change.

 

Friend at scene says George Floyd didn’t resist arrest

A man with George Floyd says his friend didn’t resist arrest and tried to diffuse the situation when officers began screaming at Floyd. Maurice Lester Hall, a longtime friend, was a passenger in Floyd’s car when police approached him on May 25 while responding to a call about a possible use of counterfeit money.

Hall told the New York Times that Floyd was trying in his “humblest form to show he was not resisting arrest in no form or way.”

Hall, 42, was arrested Monday in Houston on outstanding warrants.

He has been interviewed by Minnesota authorities and is a key witness in the state’s investigation into the four officers who apprehended Floyd. All four officers were fired and charged, including Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck.

“He was just crying out at that time for anyone to help because he was dying,” Hall told the Times. “I’m going to always remember seeing the fear in Floyd’s face because he’s such a king. That’s what sticks with me, seeing a grown man cry, before seeing a grown man die.”

 

Trump says it’s a “great day” for George Floyd

President Trump declared victory Friday over improving unemployment numbers and the civil unrest that has swept the nation over the death of George Floyd, even as unemployment ticked up slightly for minority groups and legislative or policy changes have yet to be made in Washington to address police brutality or racial inequality. 

The president declared the months of May a “tribute to equality” as the nation protests racial discrimination and police brutality. Mr. Trump also seemed to declare success after a week of protests that swept the nation. 

“Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, gender or creed, they have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement,” the president said. “They have to receive it. We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen. Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great thing for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.”

 

D.C. mayor asks Trump to withdraw “extraordinary” military and unidentified law enforcement

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he withdraw “all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence” from the city. Protesters have held largely peaceful demonstrations against police brutality and racial violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death every day for the past week in the district.

Over last weekend, however, there were some clashes late in the evening, with scattered fires and looting in the capital, as well as vandalism of buildings and historic places, including the Lincoln and World War II memorials and St. John’s Episcopal Church, near the White House.

In response, the mayor announced curfews that extended through Thursday morning, and requested national guard troops assist D.C. law enforcement.

 

Virginia city removes 176-year-old slave auction block

A 176-year-old slave auction block has been removed from a Virginia city’s downtown. The 800-pound stone was pulled from the ground at a Fredericksburg street corner early Friday after the removal was delayed for months by lawsuits and the coronavirus pandemic, The Free Lance-Star reported.

The weathered stone was sprayed with graffiti twice and chants of “move the block” erupted this week during local demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, city officials said in a statement announcing the removal.

 

NYC mayor: “You will see change in the NYPD”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising that change will come to New York City and the NYPD.

“You will see change in this city. You will see change in the NYPD. We simply have not gone far enough. The status quo is still broken, it must change,” the mayor said Friday, CBS New York reports.

“This will be the work for the next year and a half of this administration: To make more change, to make it urgently, to make it powerfully, to make it clear. And that work will proceed immediately. And you will see those results and you will judge for yourself, as all New Yorkers do.”

De Blasio said that while words matter, actions matter more.

De Blasio said there are adjustments that continue to need to be made to NYPD response to peaceful protests, but praised the “overall restraint levels.”

“We need that respect. Respect that restraint,” the mayor said.

 

Thousands rally in Australia

Thousands gathered in Australia’s capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd’s death was not unique to the United States. The Canberra rally comes before larger rallies are planned for Australia’s most populous cities on Saturday.

“Australians have to understand that what’s been going on the United States has been happening here for a long time,” 

Matilda House, an elder of the Ngambri-Ngunnawal family group who are the traditional owners of the Canberra region, said.

Australia had to move beyond a colonial attitude “that blacks are only here to be walked on, trodden on and murdered,” House said in the first speech of the rally.

A demonstrator who interrupted House, arguing that the rally’s focus should be on “what’s happening in the United States” rather than Australia’s colonial history, was shouted down in a heated confrontation with several protesters. The demonstrator eventually followed the crowd’s advice to leave.

Organizers handed out masks and hand sanitizer and most protesters attempted to keep the recommended 5 feet of social distancing until the speeches began and people drew closer. 

 

Minneapolis City Council to hold emergency meeting on police department’s future

The Minneapolis City Council is holding an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the city’s police department.

CBS Minnesota reports the council will get an update on the Minnesota Department of Civil Rights’ investigation into MPD, and will vote on a court order demanding immediate changes.

Council President Lisa Bender and member Jeremiah Ellison tweeted Thursday that they plan to dismantle the police department.

Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k

— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020

The city’s school district, the University of Minnesota and other agencies, organizations and businesses have severed ties with the department in the past 10 days since George Floyd died while being arrested.

 

Dallas County is providing protesters with masks and hand sanitizer

Texas’ Dallas County is giving people protesting in its streets masks and hand sanitizer donated by the Dallas Mavericks, CBS DFW reports.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is also advising protesters to stay six feet apart during demonstrations, and encouraged people to look for alternate ways to have their voices heard, worried they may inadvertently hurt the communities they aim to help.

“I think what you’re doing is an important thing. Again, if you could find a way to do it outside of a large crowd because of COVID because we know it is disproportionately affecting communities of color, please find a way to do that,” he said.

With a single-day record of 285 new COVID-19 cases in Dallas County on Thursday, Dallas’ City Manager T.C. Broadnax also expressed concern.

In a statement he urged “anyone who has been in close proximity of these large crowds to get tested at one of the city’s drive-thru community-based testing sites.”

 

NFL stars call on league to condemn racism and systematic oppression

Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who sent a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality. The 70-second video was released on social media Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.

Thomas, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver who has led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered.” 

The players then take turns asking the question, “What if I was George Floyd?” 

They demand the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people. … We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. … We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”

 

NYC mayor says “This is NOT acceptable” after deliveryman detained under curfew

Protests were held for another day in New York City on Thursday. Police started handcuffing about a dozen demonstrators on Manhattan’s Upper East Side less than an hour after the city’s 8 p.m. curfew started. 

Social media video from the Upper West Side also showed officers detain a food delivery worker on the job, CBS New York reports.

The worker can be heard saying, “Are you serious? Look, look, look. I’m not even doing anything.”

“It tells me on the app that I can show you guys something,” the worker said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded on Twitter overnight, saying, “Just got off the phone with @NYPDShea after seeing the troubling video of a delivery worker arrested by police while doing his job. This is NOT acceptable and must stop. Food delivery is essential work and is EXEMPTED from the curfew.”

Just got off the phone with @NYPDShea after seeing the troubling video of a delivery worker arrested by police while doing his job. This is NOT acceptable and must stop. Food delivery is essential work and is EXEMPTED from the curfew.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 5, 2020

Police said the worker was released after his credentials were verified.

The food delivery app DoorDash said it’s working with city officials to determine what happened, adding, “Essential workers must be able to complete their work and feel safe and secure while doing so.”

The NYPD says approximately 200 people were arrested Thursday, many of them people who were continuing to march after the city’s curfew, which is aimed at containing violence and looting seen amid protests over George Floyd’s death. 

 

2 National Guardsmen injured by lightning strike during George Floyd protests in D.C.

Two National Guardsmen were injured after suffering the effects of a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday, officials said early Friday. CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports the two service members were struck shortly after midnight within the Lafayette Park perimeter, where protests over the death of George Floyd continued for a seventh day.

Both of the officers were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS officials said.

Shortly after midnight, #DCsBravest received a call for a report of 2 military personnel suffering the effects of a nearby lighting strike within the Lafayette Park perimeter. Both were transported with non life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/JvwRIHk74k

— DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC (@dcfireems) June 5, 2020

WUSA reported that the stormy weather cleared out many protesters, but some remained through the downpour in the area of Lafayette Square past midnight.   

 

Activists paint Black Lives Matter sign on road by White House

Activists were busy Friday morning painting a giant “BLM” sign, for the Black Lives Matter movement, across 16th Street in Washington D.C. — right near the White House — as seen by reporter Matt Gregory of CBS affiliate WUSA TV. 

Artists painting “Black Lives Matter on 16th street. City has cleared the street till it’s finished. #DCProtests #getupdc @wusa9 #dc pic.twitter.com/diulqI8SnA

— Matt Gregory (@MattGregoryNews) June 5, 2020

Gregory said city authorities were keeping the road clear of traffic to let the painters finish.

A chain-link fence was erected around the White House on Thursday, effectively widening the security perimeter around the executive mansion after several nights of violent clashes between protesters, police and National Guard members.

The Trump administration has defended the forceful clearance of peaceful protesters from a park near the White House to enable Mr. Trump to walk to a nearby church for a photo-op this week. Meanwhile, photos of unidentified, armed officers donning face shields and protective gear standing guard near the White House have raised concerns among Democrats, who’ve warned the lack of identification could deny victims the ability to hold officers accountable if they engage in misconduct.

 

Breonna Taylor’s neighbor sues police, says officers sprayed gunfire with “total disregard” for life

A neighbor of Breonna Taylor, the black woman shot to death in her apartment by police in March, has sued the police involved in the operation for firing “blindly” and sending rounds flying into her home, the Louisville Courier Journal reported on Thursday.

Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend when a trio of armed men smashed through the front door. Gunfire erupted and Taylor was killed. The three men turned out to be plainclothes police detectives of the Louisville Metro Police, one of whom was wounded in the chaos and violence that night.

Taylor’s death, along with the subsequent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, has fueled the protests since his death in Louisville and across the country.

According to the Courier Journal, the lawsuit filed in May by Taylor’s neighbor states that the three officers involved in the raid, after being confronted by Taylor’s boyfriend who opened fire first, believing the three men to be intruders, then began to “spray gunfire into Chelsey Napper’s apartment with a total disregard for the value of human life.”

Louisville police accused of using false information to obtain no-knock warrant for Breonna Taylor’s apartment

“A bullet that was shot from the defendant police officers’ gun flew inches past Cody Etherton’s head while he was in the hallway of Chelsey Napper’s apartment,” the suit states, referring to a man who was in Napper’s home at the time.

The suit claims rounds from the officers’ guns hit objects in at least four different parts of in Napper’s house, shattering a glass door.

 

Congresswoman: Police reform package will be about “accountability”

Police reform legislation being drafted in the House will focus on “accountability” for officers, says Congresswoman Karen Bass. Bass, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, talked about the legislative package currently being written in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests against police brutality which have roiled the nation.

“The number one issue in policing is police accountability,” Bass said in an interview with CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett for this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. She said she expected the final legislation would include several bills, such as Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ proposal to ban police chokeholds.

“I’m inclined to push the envelope as far as we can because we have a moment now,” Bass said about the final proposal.

 

Few arrests, mayor heckled, but a much more peaceful night of protest in New York City

The latest night of protests in New York City sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police was markedly calmer. Protesters again stayed on the streets past 8 p.m., in defiance of the citywide curfew that’s set to remain in effect through at least Sunday.

The city saw fewer violent clashes than in days past. But several videos posted to Twitter on Thursday night showed police aggressively confronting peaceful protesters — often resulting in arrest — in the Bronx and elsewhere. In other places, police watched but didn’t immediately move in, or made orderly arrests without the batons and riot gear of previous nights.

Earlier Thursday, a memorial service featuring Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd was held at Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, where the night before police had used batons and pepper spray on protesters who remained after curfew, videos show.

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People walk over the Brooklyn Bridge following a memorial service for George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer in late May.

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NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has defended his officers and the department’s overall use of force.

Mayor Bill De Blasio was booed and heckled at Floyd’s memorial. The mayor had previously praised the police for using “a lot of restraint” overall, but added that “if there’s anything that needs to reviewed, it will be.”

 

Floyd’s “heinous murder” prompts South Africa to launch “Black Friday” campaign

South Africa’s ruling party says it is launching a “Black Friday” campaign in response to the “heinous murder” of George Floyd and “institutionalized racism” in the U.S., at home, and “wherever it rears its ugly head.”

A statement by the African National Congress says President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday evening was to address the launch of the campaign that calls on people to wear black on Fridays in solidarity.

The campaign is also meant to highlight “deaths by citizens at the hands of security forces” in South Africa, which remains one of the world’s most unequal countries a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a South Africa leader who was involved in the struggle to end apartheid and is now an Under Secretary General of the United Nations, spoke with CBS News’ Pamela Falk from Johannesburg this week about the protests and where they might lead.  

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“A knee on a man’s neck that kills the man is like the virus which is like a knee on the necks of black American people which is killing them.

..they are really under a pandemic of racism”

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— Pamela Falk (@PamelaFalk) June 3, 2020

“People are feeling exhausted about us talking about racism. Try living it to know how exhausting it is to live it,” she said. “Those who cannot take talking about it, they haven’t lived it to know how much that it eats you from within. So, we need to make sure that we create conditions that will make people feel and touch the changes that are coming into their lives.”  

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Kanye West joins protest calling for end to Chicago Public Schools’ contract with police

Kanye West was in attendance Thursday evening for a protest rally in solidarity with George Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police last week. The rally was organized by activist and onetime mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green. It is intended to protest the $33 million contract that Chicago Police has with Chicago Public Schools.

The protest began at the Chicago Public Schools District Office and proceeded to Chicago Police Headquarters. West did not address the rally and only marched briefly. He wore a hoodie and mask and walked along with hundreds of people. 

As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, there have been calls for West to speak out and have more of a voice in recent days.

He has made a $2 million dollar donation to support the families of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March, while three white men are charged with shooting and killing Arbery while he was jogging in Glynn County, Georgia.

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Dallas police make it “duty of every employee” to intervene if excessive force used

Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall has put a new rule on the force’s policy books making it “the duty of every employee” who witnesses the use of physical force “being inappropriately applied” or used longer than necessary “to either stop, or attempt to stop” the action in question.

A statement released Thursday by the Dallas Police said the new “Duty to Intervene” order was implemented by Chief Hall, “to create a culture where what happened to Mr. [George] Floyd does not happen again.”

“Millions watched a Minneapolis police officer suffocate Mr. George Floyd to death by applying pressure with his knee on the victim’s neck for nearly 9 minutes. His fellow co-workers either assisted or stood by and watched Mr. Floyd take his last breath. Had the officer’s partners intervened, the outcome might have been different,” the police said in the statement.

Dallas man says he was hit in eye with “non-lethal” police round at George Floyd protest

 

Kansas City announces reforms to police procedures, but embattled chief staying put

Kansas City is reforming police procedures after criticism from black organizations about police conduct during nearly a week of protests as well as long-standing tension between the department and minorities, the mayor announced Thursday.

A coalition of civil rights organizations demanded Wednesday that Police Chief Rick Smith be fired. But Mayor Quinton Lucas said Smith would remain “as we weather our current crisis and also as we continue to address our issues related to violent crime and the high number of homicides in Kansas City.”

Lucas said after a closed meeting of the Kansas City Police Board of Commissioners that the city would ask an outside agency to review all police-involved shootings; create whistleblower protections for officers; end a department policy of not sending probable cause statements to prosecutors in officer-involved shootings; review officers’ use of tear gas and projectiles; and provide updates to the city council on the department’s community engagement efforts. 

Protests Erupt Around The Country After Police Custody Death Of George Floyd In Minneapolis
A demonstrator confronts police officers during a protest on May 31, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota while in police custody.

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Lucas said he hoped a review of tear gas and projectile use would lead to a new policy in the near future. 

The city announced Wednesday that $2.5 million in private funding has been donated to buy police body cameras.  

 

Tacoma mayor says officers involved in black man’s death should be fired and be prosecuted

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell issued a statement Thursday on the death of Manuel Ellis, confirming the four officers involved in his arrest had once again placed on administrative leave. Ramsdell offered his “most sincere condolences” to Ellis’ family and friends. Ellis, a 33-year-old black man, died on March 3 in handcuffs while being restrained on the ground by Tacoma police. 

He was found to have died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia due to physical restraint, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled his death a homicide.

Speaking Thursday night, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards called for the officers involved to be fired and said they should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”  

In a 12-minute police radio recording taken the night of Ellis’ death, he can be heard at one point saying, “I can’t breathe.”

“Our hope is that any investigations bring with them answers for everyone involved,” Ramsdell said.”I would also like to recognize the compassion and empathy our community has shown during this difficult time. We hear your anger, frustrations and hopes. I want you to know we continue to be committed to engaging with you on topics of safety, community policing and race, so that all people feel safe in Tacoma.”  

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Attorney General William P. Barr gave the order to clear demonstrators from a park near the White House before President Trump’s visit to a church on Monday.

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Washington was on edge after a 7 p.m. curfew took effect, but the protesters still on the streets around the White House remained peaceful as they faced off with police officers across a newly erected chain-link fence.

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Dozens of cities on edge as curfews take effect.

Protesters returned to the streets on Tuesday from California to Pennsylvania, while the nation’s capital sizzled with anger, a day after a highly criticized episode outside the White House in which law enforcement officers used tear gas on peaceful protesters in order to clear a path for President Trump.

The public spectacle on Monday and the arrival of dozens of military vehicles on Washington’s streets on Tuesday seemed to underscore the president’s latest threat — to use the military to crack down on violence and looting — as it emerged that it was Attorney General William P. Barr who ordered officers to clear Lafayette Park on Monday in time for Mr. Trump to walk to a historic church and have his picture taken there.

On Tuesday afternoon, as the city’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect, U.S. troops had positioned military vehicles across the city, and the crowd of protesters near the park was at least as large as on Monday. It shrank after the curfew, but more than 1,000 protesters remained, facing police officers across a tall chain-link fence erected overnight.

“You’re in the cage now!” one protester yelled. Another said, “Our tax dollars at work.”

The crowd remained peaceful. When a few demonstrators began to rock the fence, they were quickly stopped. “Use your words,” two of women yelled. “Don’t do that.”

The tensions in Washington reflected a nation on edge, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, skyrocketing unemployment and now a public reckoning with systematic racism and police brutality.

Daily protests have spread to at least 140 cities, in a sprawling expression of anger and frustration after the killing in Minneapolis last week of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black security guard, who died after his neck was pinned under a white police officer’s knee for nearly nine minutes. The officer has been charged with murder.

Though planned protests have largely been peaceful, the national unrest has also come with escalating tensions, including attacks on law enforcement, injuries and deaths of protesters and others on the streets, and widespread looting and destruction. Police officers in several cities have been fired or disciplined for using excessive force.

Officials across the country were on guard Tuesday for another night of chaos. Here is the latest from around the country.

  • Philadelphia: Hundreds of protesters gathered outside City Hall by Tuesday afternoon, after a night of explosive tension. Mayor Jim Kenney defended a decision to use tear gas on protesters Monday but condemned a group of largely white men who had been seen patrolling the largely white neighborhood of Fishtown holding baseball bats. “Armed vigilantism will not be tolerated moving forward,” he said.

  • Atlanta: Officials extended a curfew and arrest warrants were issued against six officers after video footage of the police firing Tasers and dragging two college students out of a car on Saturday ignited outrage.

  • New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio moved a nightly curfew up to 8 p.m., three hours earlier than on Monday, after a night of looting in Manhattan. He acknowledged that the Monday night curfew, announced several hours before it was to begin, had failed to quell the violence that marred the peaceful protests of previous days. And he said on Tuesday that a curfew would be imposed again each day for the remainder of the week.

  • California: Protesters filled the streets of Hollywood with chants of “black lives matter,” a crowd of protesters gathered along a beach in San Francisco and the city of Santa Monica enacted among the strictest curfews in the nation, starting at 2 p.m. local time.

  • Las Vegas: An officer was in critical condition after being shot near the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino as the police tried to disperse crowds that were pelting them with bottles and rocks, officials said.

  • Louisville: The police said that a restaurant owner who was killed in a shooting involving the National Guard and police officers this week had fired a gun first, and produced video that they say proved it.

  • New Haven, Conn.: Police and the F.B.I. were investigating after Molotov cocktails were thrown at two police substations and caused fire damage.

  • Denver: A police officer was fired after sharing a photo of himself and two other officers in riot gear on Instagram on Monday with the caption “Let’s start a riot,” the department said.

Demonstrators gathered on Monday at the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed.

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The attorney general asked law enforcement to clear out White House protesters.

Attorney General William P. Barr ordered federal law enforcement officers to clear peaceful protesters out of Washington’s Lafayette Park on Monday so that President Trump could walk to a historic church and have his picture taken there, a Justice Department official who was not authorized to discuss the matter said on Tuesday.

The plan to clear the park, which is adjacent to the White House, was devised before Mr. Trump decided he wanted his photo op, the official said, but was not executed until just before he set out. The action, and its timing, drew condemnation from many quarters, including clergy members and political leaders of both parties.

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The police fired tear gas canisters and flash grenades on Monday to clear out protesters so President Trump could visit St. John’s Church, which was damaged by a fire the night before.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Overnight Sunday, after protesters had defaced the nearby Treasury Department building and a part of the church, St. John’s, had caught fire, top federal law enforcement officials decided that increased security measures were needed around the White House, including expanding the perimeter around the park.

When Mr. Barr found on Monday afternoon that it had not been done yet, he ordered officers on the scene to complete the expansion of the perimeter, but there was not enough time to do it before Mr. Trump made a speech in the Rose Garden, declaring himself a friend to peaceful protest. When Mr. Trump and aides then set out for the church, the protesters in the park were dispersed using gas and other forceful measures.

Mr. Barr was aware that those crowd control measures might be used, but it was supposed to have happened long before Mr. Trump decided that he, Mr. Barr and other officials would walk to the church, the official said.

The Justice Department has confirmed that Mr. Barr is managing the federal law enforcement response to the ongoing protests against police brutality.

Mr. Barr issued a statement on Tuesday saying that “there will be even greater law enforcement resources” deployed in Washington on Tuesday evening.

“The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital,” Mr. Barr said. He called Monday evening “a more peaceful night in the District of Columbia.”

Trump faces a barrage of criticism over militarization calls and religious site visits.

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President Trump this week responded to the unrest roiling the nation by visiting two religious sites and calling for more military intervention.

On Tuesday, both moves were greeted with criticism from many of his rivals, as well as some of his sometime allies.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the likely Democratic nominee for president, said during a speech in Philadelphia that the nation was “crying out for leadership.” And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, wielding her own Bible and quoting from the Book of Ecclesiastes, criticized Mr. Trump for being a “fanner of the flame” of division.

Two Republican senators, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Tim Scott of South Carolina, joined in the criticism. “If your question is, ‘Should you use tear gas to clear a path so the president can go have a photo op?’ the answer is no,” Mr. Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said at an event hosted by Politico.

Some moderate Democrats in conservative-leaning districts also denounced Mr. Trump. Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, a former C.I.A. officer, called his response the type of action “undertaken by authoritarian regimes throughout the world.”

“I know this playbook,” Ms. Spanberger said, “and I know the president’s actions are betraying the very foundation of the rule of law he purports to support — the U.S. Constitution.”

Retired senior military leaders also spoke out against the strategy of deploying active-duty units onto America’s streets.

Mr. Trump visited two religious sites — on Monday he posed holding a Bible outside St. John’s Church, an Episcopal parish near the White House, and on Tuesday he and his wife spent about 10 minutes inside the St. John Paul II National Shrine, a Catholic site in northeast Washington. Both visits were criticized by Christian leaders.

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people, even those with whom we might disagree,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington wrote in a statement. He said that the shrine’s dedicatee, John Paul II, “certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of place of worship and peace.”

And the Rev. Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest who had been on the patio of St. John’s on Monday when nearby protesters were sprayed with tear gas, said in an interview, “People were hurt and terrified, for a photo op. They took what literally had been holy ground that day and turned it into a literal battleground.”

For the police, days of attacks, injuries and, in some cases, charges related to their actions.

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Law enforcement officers have been targeted in attacks in cities across the country in recent days, with officers wounded in gun battles in St. Louis and Las Vegas and others injured when they were run over by cars in New York City and Buffalo.

But officers also have been charged, or fired, in several states by police and government leaders trying to preserve and defend demonstrators’ right to protest while also restoring order after days of violence and lawlessness.

The Las Vegas police on Tuesday identified both a man who was killed by officers and an officer who was gravely wounded, in two separate shooting episodes the night before.

The Las Vegas officer, Shay K. Mikalonis, 29, was shot in the head near the Circus Circus hotel and casino. Police officials said he was in “grave condition;” a 20-year-old suspect was arrested.

The officer’s shooting came on the same night the Las Vegas police fatally shot Jorge Gomez, 25, who they said raised one of the three Glock pistols he was carrying at officers after they had hit him with “low lethal” shotgun rounds.

In St. Louis, four officers were struck by gunfire in a shootout between gunmen at a protest and the police. The officers’ injuries were believed to be “non-life threatening,” Chief John Hayden of the St. Louis Police Department said at a news conference.

In New York, an N.Y.P.D. officer was in stable condition after being run over by a black sedan early Tuesday in the Bronx, and in Buffalo the driver of an S.U.V. was arrested after speeding through a line of law enforcement officers in riot gear and injuring two of them in an episode that was caught on video. The driver, a woman, now faces several felony charges.

But the police also have been the subject of complaints about their actions.

  • Officials in Atlanta said arrest warrants had been issued for six police officers after video footage showed them tasing and assaulting two college students in a car while enforcing a curfew. “The conduct involved in this incident is not indicative of the way that we treat people in the City of Atlanta,” Paul L. Howard, Jr., the district attorney, said in a news conference on Tuesday announcing the arrest warrants.

    The students, Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, and Messiah Young, 22, appeared at the news conference alongside Mr. Howard. “I hope every police officer who thinks it’s OK to drag someone, beat someone, do all this stuff because they are cops — I hope they are all going to be held accountable as well,” Ms. Pilgrim said.

  • In Richmond, Va., the police department apologized and said it would discipline officers who used tear gas on protesters on Monday.

  • In Louisville, police officials said a restaurant owner killed Saturday had fired a gun before he was fatally shot, by either a police officer or a National Guard soldier. The police released security-camera videos that they said appeared to support their account.

    The restaurant owner, David McAtee, 53, was killed shortly after midnight on Monday, and has been cited as an innocent victim of the violent turmoil rocking the country. Before the day was over, Gov. Andy Beshear ordered an investigation by the Kentucky State Police, and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville dismissed the city’s police chief because the officers at the scene had not activated their body cameras.

    On Tuesday, Mr. Fischer and police commanders held a news conference to show and to release images from two security cameras. Neither camera gives an unobstructed view of what happened, and neither has sound.

  • In Denver, an officer was fired after sharing a photo of himself and two other officers in riot gear on Instagram on Monday with the caption “Let’s start a riot.”

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Minnesota is investigating the Minneapolis police over racial discrimination.

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The state of Minnesota has started a human rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, citing evidence of systematic discrimination against people of color, particularly black people, state officials announced on Tuesday.

The state Department of Human Rights made a formal charge of discrimination against the police force based in part on the May 25 death of George Floyd, which has sparked demonstrations across the country, some of them descending into clashes with police, violence and looting.

The charge referred to a pattern of incidents in Minneapolis dating back at least 10 years that demanded investigations into the police department’s training and policies, and its “use-of-force protocols.”

“There is sufficient information to investigate whether the respondent utilizes systemic discriminatory patterns or practices towards people of color, specifically Black community members, on the basis of race,” the charge stated.

Investigations by the Department of Human Rights do not lead to criminal charges, but if investigators find wrongdoing, state officials can attempt to force changes in the police department’s practices, which could include the state’s suing the police force.

While Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Rebecca Lucero, the state human rights commissioner, were announcing the investigation inside the state Capitol, thousands of people gathered outside in 90-degree heat to continue the weeklong protests over the killing of Mr. Floyd.

A Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — including several minutes after he had gone motionless — and other officers pressed on his back as Mr. Floyd lay face down and handcuffed on a Minneapolis street. Video of the scene quickly went viral, prompting outrage and revulsion.

Mr. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder. Protesters have called for the other three officers at the scene to face criminal charges, as well.

Two autopsies — one by the county medical examiner and the other commissioned by lawyers for Mr. Floyd’s family — called his death a homicide. The examination for the family concluded that the officers alone caused his death, cutting off the blood supply to his brain and the air supply to his lungs. The county autopsy said there were additional factors, including underlying health problems, which his family denied.

“The grief and anger that has torn through our city and our state did not emerge in a vacuum,” Lt. Governor Flanagan said on Tuesday. “It is built on years of injustice. This did not begin with George Floyd. But we can work to end it now.”

A black family trying to shield stores from looters was accosted by the police.

The wrenching scene captured by a local television station in Los Angeles showed police officers, on the job to grapple with the chaos of the past week, interacting with black people in the same way that gave rise to the protests in the first place.

It starts with a black woman identified only as Monet, her husband and her brother-in-law standing guard over a cluster of local businesses while other shops in Los Angeles were being ransacked. One of the stores had been there for 30 years, Monet said.

“As long as we’re around this neighborhood, you’re not tearing nothing else up either,” she told the TV reporter, Christina Gonzalez of Fox 11 Los Angeles.

Then several cars approach, and people gather near a gold store. Monet and her relatives confront them, in an apparent attempt to ward off looting. Police sirens sound, squad cars drive by, and Monet waves her arms as she and Ms. Gonzalez try to get the officers’ attention.

It appears they are successful: Uniformed officers, some in riot gear, march toward the store. But when they arrive, it is Monet and her relatives who are ordered to face the wall as the police tie their hands, and Ms. Gonzalez pleads with the officers that Monet and her family have done nothing wrong.

“I was handcuffed, thrown up against a wall with my husband and brother-in-law, and I’m like, ‘What the hell?’” Monet told the station.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said she did not have any information about the encounter.

#BlackoutTuesday stemmed from two black women in the music industry. They say silence wasn’t their intent.

A sea of black boxes flooded Instagram and other platforms on Tuesday, as a plan to disrupt business as usual in the music industry morphed into a #BlackoutTuesday phenomenon on social media.

Millions of people posted black boxes under the hashtag, with many announcing silence on social media in an attempt to amplify black people’s voices online.

But the phenomenon was a diversion from its original intent as a campaign within the music industry to disrupt business as usual for a day, in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.

The initiative, “The Show Must Be Paused,” was the brainchild of two black women in music marketing, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, who called for a day of reflection, conversation and plans for action within the industry. Brands including Spotify, Live Nation, Apple, TikTok and many of the largest record companies said that they would cease most operations for the day.

But after stars like Rihanna, the Rolling Stones, Drake and Quincy Jones shared the idea to their millions of followers, the idea morphed and took off online. By Tuesday, more than two million Instagram accounts featured the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday, and hundreds of thousands tagged #TheShowMustBePaused.

Some vowed to “mute” themselves online for the rest of the day as part of the blackout, while skeptics worried that silence was not the answer. And when many on social media began appending the general #blacklivesmatter message to their posts, others pointed out that doing so could drown out the very black voices they said they wanted to amplify.

On Tuesday, The Show Must Be Paused released an additional statement clarifying its intent. “The purpose was never to mute ourselves,” the group said. “The purpose is to disrupt.”

In Paris, demonstrators linked George Floyd’s death with a local killing by police.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Paris to protest the 2016 death of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died in custody after having been tackled by the police.

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Anger at George Floyd’s killing has rippled far beyond the United States to many world capitals, where crowds have gathered to denounce police violence and racism.

An estimated 15,000 people in Paris defied police orders to gather at the city’s main law court on Tuesday. Demonstrators, most of them young, waved signs reading “No justice, no peace” or “I can’t breathe,” in direct reference to Mr. Floyd’s death.

The protests were led by the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died near Paris in 2016 after having been tackled by the police. Shouts of “Justice for Adama” regularly punctuated the clapping and chanting of the crowd.

“We protest for George Floyd, for Adama, for all the others and for the next ones,” said Anne-Sophie Kiminou, a 28-year-old office manager.

The Paris police said in the afternoon that the demonstration was forbidden during the country’s public health emergency, which bans any public gathering of more than ten people. Paris is one of the last areas of France where the coronavirus is still considered active, and many protesters wore masks.

Lolly Nzamba, 18, said France had a two-tier justice system that ignored the daily suffering of black people. “Personally, I’m afraid when I go out in the street and come across the police,” she said. But she added that Mr. Floyd’s death had changed people’s understanding and would help raise awareness.

“There will be a before and an after,” Ms. Nzamba said.

Also Tuesday, thousands gathered for a march in Sydney, Australia and chanted “Enough is enough” while kneeling outside the American consulate, the latest in a series of peaceful global rallies as the U.S. protests have resonated around the world.

In London and Rio de Janeiro, demonstrations of solidarity have also prompted soul searching over local racial divisions.

Reporting was contributed by Emily Badger, Mike Baker, Kim Barker, Katie Benner, Julie Bosman, John Branch, Helene Cooper, Joe Coscarelli, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, Caitlin Dickerson, Catie Edmonson, John Eligon, Tess Felder, Manny Fernandez, Thomas Fuller, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Russell Goldman, Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Constant Meheut, Sarah Mervosh, David Montgomery, Jack Nicas, Elian Peltier, Richard Perez-Pena, Adam Popescu, Austin Ramzy, Frances Robles, Katie Rogers, Rick Rojas, Marc Santora, Anna Schaverien, Eric Schmitt, Dionne Searcey, Megan Specia, Jennifer Steinhauer, Daniel Victor, Neil Vigdor and Mihir Zaveri.

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George W. Bush on George Floyd protests: ‘It is time for America to examine our tragic failures’ – CNN

Washington (CNN)Former President George W. Bush on Tuesday publicly reacted for the first time to the national unrest surrounding the police killing of George Floyd, saying that “it is time for America to examine our tragic failures.”

Bush, a Republican, said in a statement that he and former first lady Laura Bush “are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country.”
“Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures — and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths,” the statement said.
The remarks come as widespread protests — some of which have at times turned violent — continue to play out across the country demanding justice for Floyd, a black man who was killed last week by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protesters who have taken to the streets in recent days to draw attention to the case and police violence across America say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in Floyd’s death, though so far officials have only charged the officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
“America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights,” Bush said in the statement.
Though the statement makes no mention of President Donald Trump — who has been criticized for his response to the unrest — its tone contrasts sharply with Trump’s public comments. The President has taken a strongman approach to the situation and stoked racial tensions with controversial statements about the protests.
“Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions,” Bush said.
The former President also denounced the looting and destruction that has occurred in some cities in recent days, saying: “Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress.”
Former President Barack Obama also recently released a statement about Floyd’s death, saying last week that all Americans should “work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

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George Floyd Reverberates Globally: Thousands Protest In Germany, U.K., New Zealand – NPR

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U.S. protesters rallying against the killing of George Floyd and countless other black Americans are being heard around the world as demonstrators launched their own protests in the countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Iran and New Zealand.

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In Berlin, protesters gathered Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy, demonstrating for a second day.

Hundreds of German demonstrators marched in solidarity with American protesters Saturday and Sunday, chanting “Stop killing us,” “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace.”

On a former section of the Berlin Wall, in Mauerpark, a memorial popped up over the weekend depicting Floyd and “I can’t breathe,” some of his last words.

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Beyond protests that gathered thousands at the capital over the weekend, four soccer players in Germany’s Bundesliga league addressed Floyd’s killing during games. One player took a knee on the field. Another exposed a shirt underneath a jersey that read “Justice for George Floyd.”

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Thousands demonstrated on Sunday in London, according to the BBC, to protest Floyd’s death and police brutality.

The protest was concentrated in central London, with hundreds taking a knee in Trafalgar Square for nine minutes, signifying the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground.

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They marched along the Thames and to the U.S. Embassy, chanting “Black lives matter” and carrying signs with slogans such as “Racism is a global issue,” “Your silence is deafening” and “How many more?”

According to the Metropolitan Police, 23 demonstrators were arrested in central London on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the U.K., demonstrations also took place in Manchester and Cardiff.

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In Canada, people in Toronto gathered in protest against injustice toward black people globally and against the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who lived in Toronto, and the circumstances surrounding her death.

Korchinski-Paquet fell from her balcony while police officers were responding to a domestic incident in her home.

New Zealand

Despite coronavirus-related restrictions on large gatherings, thousands took to the streets to protest police brutality in Auckland, sparking criticism from some political leaders.

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Organizers tried to encourage social distancing, The New Zealand Herald reported, but the large turnout forced demonstrators close together. Protesters marched and chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter.”

Toward the end of the march, video posted on social media showed demonstrators participating in an impromptu haka, a ceremonial dance of the Maori people.

Demonstrators also gathered in the smaller cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Iran

And in the Iranian city of Mashhad, a candlelight vigil was held in Floyd’s honor, with Black Lives Matter posters and illustrations of Floyd posted.

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George Floyd protests live updates: Anger floods cities across the US; Pentagon could order military police to Minneapolis, report says – USA TODAY

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Groups of people from coast to coast protest police brutality after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Across the country, protesters took to the streets for a fourth day to express their anger over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kept his knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes.

In scenes both peaceful and violent, thousands of protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Say his name. George Floyd.” They hoisted signs reading: “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.”

Former police officer Derek Michael Chauvin was arrested Friday in Minneapolis on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death.

Saturday morning, after 72 hours of unrest in Minneapolis, Gov. Tim Walz described the protest scenes as a “military operation.” 

“This is not about George’s death. This is not about inequities that were real. This is about chaos being caused,” Walz said.

Fires, looting and destruction were not isolated to Minneapolis. In Detroit, one person attending a protest was shot to death. Atlanta saw the CNN Center attacked and its mayor pleaded for calm. 

Stay up-to-date on the George Floyd story by signing up for USA TODAY’s Daily Briefing. Here are the latest developments:

  • By Sunday, 1,700 National Guard troops will be in the Twin Cities and officials said they welcomed the help from the Pentagon, which they said independently asked military police to be ready to head to Minnesota. 
  • Sekula Law Offices issued a statement late Friday saying Chauvin’s wife, Kellie, has filed for divorce
  • As anger spilled across the U.S. over Floyd’s death, a second night of Breonna Taylor protests was marked by vandalism in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. She was shot and killed by police while sleeping in her home in March.
  • President Donald Trump said Friday he spoke with Floyd’s family and asserted that his relatives are “entitled to justice” in the case. 

Read this: Experts say knee-to-neck restraint is dangerous, but Minneapolis allows it.

‘A riot is the language of the unheard’: MLK’s powerful quote resonates amid George Floyd protests

Our live blog will be updated throughout the day. Scroll down for the latest. Follow USA TODAY reporters Trevor Hughes and Tyler Davis for reports from the scene.

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— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) May 30, 2020

Morning in Minneapolis: Firefighters put out blazes, clear rubble

Morning dawned bright in Minneapolis, the sun highlighting the columns of smoke dotting the horizon and burned-out cars scattered at intersections as the smell of burning rubber and plastic filled the air.

Authorities had moved back into some formerly contested areas, and on Saturday morning, firefighters with the Minneapolis Fire Department poured water onto a still-smoldering gas station in the Hiawatha area as a small crowd watched. No police were present.

Over on Lake Street at Columbus Avenue, members of the Minnesota National Guard controlled access to the streets, their Humvees and trucks blocking the road as firefighters and public works officials tried to shut off leaking gas lines and clear rubble from the road.

Because some areas lost power, drivers collided yesterday when speeding through stoplights that weren’t working, and their abandoned crashed cars were then set ablaze. Broken glass from shattered windows and bus stops crunched underfoot.

“This is sad. It’s very emotional right now. I just had to come down and see it,” said Brian Ledin, 58, who lives in a nearby suburb but was born in the area, as smoke rose from an O’Reilly Auto Parts store and CenterPoint energy workers searched for broken gas lines.

Wearing face masks, Anton Reuter and Beno Boda, both 17, picked up trash strewn in the street.

The two, who live nearby, said they had heard reports that troublemakers from outside downtown Minneapolis have been flooding into the area last night causing damage. They wanted people to know that those who live here care about this neighborhood.

“It’s not going to get better waiting on the government,” Boda said. 

Further east along Lake, a looted Walgreens billowed smoke into the air around 7:30 a.m. as bystanders recorded on their phones. Anxious residents grabbed a garden hose and buckets to wet down the sides and roofs of adjacent homes, desperately hoping to protect them from the burning embers lofted into the air.

“The people who live here knew things were going to be bad last night so they went to a hotel. We’re just trying to protect their house,” said neighbor Deb McKinley, 54, as smoke filled the sky above and water dribbled from a garden hose clutched in her dirty hands.

Firefighters and a Minneapolis police officer arrived shortly before 8 a.m., quickly dousing the flames burning behind cinder-block walls spray painted with graffiti calling for authorities to be sexually assaulted.

Car rams into protesters in San Jose; demonstrators on Bay Bridge

In San Jose, California, the driver of an SUV drove into a protesting crowd, captured on video by a KPIX-TV reporter. As the car drives away, what sounds like a shot fires, and people can be heard screaming and appear to run to the aid of someone on the ground.

A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department deputy was involved in a shooting in the area around the same time, the department later said on Twitter. But it was not immediately clear if it was the same incident.

The San Jose Police Department was investigating. 

“We’re angry as well, and we’ve made that clear. We’ve allowed peaceful protest. But we will not tolerate lawlessness,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said on Twitter.

In nearby San Francisco, protesters shut down the upper deck on the Bay Bridge, halting traffic.

Atlanta mayor pleads for peace amid protests

Peaceful protests turned violent in Atlanta on Friday night, with some demonstrators damaging police cars, vandalizing CNN’s headquarters and clashing with police, prompting an impassioned rebuke from the city’s mayor.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had a stern message for violent protesters during a televised press conference: “You are disgracing our city; you are disgracing the life of George Floyd … We are better than this.” 

As the demonstrations intensified, Bottoms feared the destruction would hurt minority business owners. “This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos,” she said. “If you care about this city, then go home.” Read more.

– Joel Shannon

Trump thanks Secret Service during White House lockdown

President Trump thanked the Secret Service in a tweet early Saturday after the White House locked down due to protests Friday night. 

Outside the White House on Friday, Secret Service could be seen after 7 p.m. taking at least one person into custody. Videos showed a large group of protesters gathering, with some burning flags and knocking over barricades.

Multiple reporters posted that they were inside the White House and that the Secret Service was not letting them leave the grounds during the lockdown.

The Secret Service frequently locks down the White House for perceived security threats, such as packages or bags left nearby. But the building is rarely locked down for protests. And while protests are a daily occurrence outside the White House, they are often small – drawing a few dozen people, at most. Read more.

– Savannah Behrmann

Coast-to-coast protests rage on

Protesters in Minneapolis largely ignored the city’s newly-instituted 8 p.m. curfew and continued marching through the streets, in some cases damaging buildings. 

In Detroit, a 19-year-old man was killed late Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters by an unknown suspect in a gray Dodge Durango.

Elsewhere, protests in Iowa, Indianapolis, and Louisville, Kentucky, also turned violent. Protests included heavy police presence in Los Angeles and New York City. Read more

– Joel Shannon

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National guard in Minnesota, Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a Tweet on Friday night that the state would activate 500 soldiers with the National Guard.

Another 500 Guard soldiers were mobilized in and around Minneapolis. But at a 1:30 a.m. news briefing Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said that he was moving to activate more than 1,000 more and was considering federal help. 

The Guard was also on standby in the District of Columbia, where a crowd grew outside the White House and chanted curses at President Donald Trump, according to the Associated Press .

Report: Military police could dispatch to Minnesota

The Pentagon on Saturday ordered the Army to put military police units on alert to head to Minneapolis on short notice at President Donald Trump’s request, the Associated Press reports, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders who did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.

According to the AP report, soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called. Soldiers in Fort Carson in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

Mayor Bill de Blasio vows review of violence in NYC

Video posted to social media showed New York City officers using batons and shoving protesters down as they took people into custody and cleared streets. One video showed on officer slam a woman to the ground as he walked past her in the street.

Demonstrators rocked a police van, set it ablaze, scrawled graffiti across its charred body and set it aflame again as officers retreated. Blocks away, protesters used a club to batter another police vehicle.

“There will be a full review of what happened tonight,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, referring to the Brooklyn protest. “We don’t ever want to see another night like this.”

Civil rights leaders urge police to avoid military force, slam Trump for ‘pouring fuel on the fire’

Conjuring up memories of police confrontations with protesters during the Civil Rights Movement, national civil rights leaders are asking Minneapolis officials not to use military force against demonstrators. They also called out President Donald Trump for potentially inciting more violence.

“We need officers to not take action that escalates tension. The militarized police presence is not helping the situation,’’ Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law told USA TODAY. “President Trump, meanwhile, is pouring fuel on the fire by literally advocating for deadly violence to be used.”

The committee and other civil rights groups, including the NAACP, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, National Action Network and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., sent a letter late Thursday to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo calling for them to not use military force against protesters.

– Deborah Barfield Berry

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested, booked

Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection to Floyd’s death. He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail. 

A criminal complaint that references body cameras worn by the four now-former officers involved in the incident sheds some additional light on what happened on Memorial Day in the moments before and after Floyd’s death. 

The Hennepin County Attorney’s complaint said Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was non-responsive. Read more.

Change.org petition grows at record pace

A petition on Change.org titled “Justice for George Floyd” has generated more than 6.3 million signatures as of Friday night, making it the fastest-growing petition in the website’s history. 

The petition, which was started by 15-year-old Kellen S., was growing at a rate of of one signature every two seconds as of Friday morning, Change.org said in a statement. 

“This has gone farther than I ever imagined,” Kellen told Change.org in a statement. “I hope that this helps bring the justice for George Floyd and his family that they deserve.” 

Nike takes a social stand on race relations

Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It” was subverted by its own Instagram post.

The footwear company posted on Friday evening a socially conscious message to its more than 112 million followers.

Incidents that resulted in the deaths of black men and women in the United States have taken the forefront this week, and with a simple text-on-screen video, Nike made its stance clear.

“For once, Don’t Do It. Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America. Don’t turn your back on racism. Don’t accept innocent lives being taken from us. Don’t make any more excuses. Don’t think this doesn’t affect you. Don’t sit back and be silent. Don’t think you can’t be part of the change. Let’s all be part of the change.”

– Josh Rivera

Contributing: Associated Press

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