President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy federal troops if state and city leaders do not act to quell acts of violence and looting amid protests over the killing of George Floyd. After federal authorities used rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from around the White House, Trump walked across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church and posed for photos while holding up a Bible.

The president’s vow came as protesters intensified their demonstrations in Washington and other cities such as New York, St. Louis and Chicago, leading to more looting and incidents between police and the public. The response unfolded hours after George Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide by Minnesota’s Hennepin County medical examiner.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, said she learned of Trump’s visit to St. John’s by watching it on the news. “I am outraged,” she said. “I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s.”
  • Congressional Democrats denounced Trump’s threat to deploy the military domestically as the behavior of a would-be authoritarian leader. The denunciation was echoed by both the American Civil Liberties Union and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who condemned the president’s pledge as “a failure of presidential leadership.”
  • Los Angeles Police Chief Michel R. Moore walked back comments he made Monday regarding how those who have participated in looting and vandalism amid recent protests bear just as much responsibility for George Floyd’s death as the police officers who had the man in custody.
  • The Federal Bureau of Prisons has instituted a “temporary national lockdown” in response to the protests raging across the United States, putting further limitations on inmate movements behind bars, a spokeswoman said.
  • A black sedan sped through an intersection in the Bronx early Tuesday and slammed into a New York City police officer standing in the road, leaving him with serious injuries, authorities said. In Buffalo, two police officers were hit by a car during a violent confrontation between authorities and protesters outside a police station on Monday night.
June 2, 2020 at 6:15 AM EDT

The push to tear-gas protesters before Trump’s photo op at historic church

President Trump began mulling a visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church on Monday morning, after spending the night devouring cable news coverage of protests across the country, including in front of the White House.

The historic church had been damaged by fire, and Trump was eager to show the nation’s capital — and especially his own downtown swath of it — was under control.

There was just one problem: the throngs of protesters, who on Monday had again assembled peacefully in Lafayette Square across from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

Read more here.

By Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Rebecca Tan
June 2, 2020 at 6:12 AM EDT

Black journalists are carrying unique burdens during period of civil unrest

For black journalists, the civil unrest in cities across America isn’t just a big story. It’s personal.

This was underscored for Branden Hunter in Detroit Saturday night. A rifle-toting police officer walked up to a group of reporters covering a chaotic night of demonstrations. As they all yelled “press” and held up their credentials, he made a beeline to one in particular. It was Hunter — one of the few black news reporters at the Detroit Free Press and the only one on that sidewalk — who drew the officer’s attention, though he also showed his press badge. “He’s with us!” a white colleague shouted, panic in her voice. Only then did the officer walk away.

“I’ve always had a hard time fitting in,” Hunter, 30, said in an interview Monday. “We know this field is dominated by white men. … For people to actually believe you’re a journalist — even cops last night were saying, ‘You’re not media.’”

Read more here.

By Elahe Izadi and Paul Farhi
June 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM EDT

‘This is how nations collapse’: Tucker Carlson slams Trump’s response to protests

Fox News host Tucker Carlson laid into President Trump’s response to the protests sweeping the nation on Monday evening, claiming that the president was abandoning the country and only thinking of himself by not acting to more decisively crack down on the unrest.

After opening by attacking a number of prominent conservative leaders, including Nikki Haley and Vice President Pence, for their responses to violent clashes over the weekend, the prime-time commentator turned his attention to Trump.

“When the mobs came, they abandoned us,” Carlson, often a fervent defender of Trump, said to open his show. “The nation went up in flames this weekend. No one in charge stood up to save America … This is how nations collapse.”

One Fox News reporter, Leland Vittert, had been attacked by protesters at Lafayette Square in Washington, just steps from the White House, and Carlson played footage of the incident.

But the following day, the host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” said, Trump failed to acknowledge the attack while mentioning that he and his family were safe.

“How can you protect my family? How are you going to protect the country? How hard are you trying?” Carlson asked.

To close his tirade, Carlson invoked a different ruler best known for failing to do anything as his nation burned. The infamous Roman emperor Nero, he said, is best remembered for abandoning his “nation in a time of crisis.”

By Teo Armus
June 2, 2020 at 5:46 AM EDT

‘Cowardly, weak, and dangerous’: Pelosi, Schumer condemn Trump for tear-gassing of protesters outside White House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a joint statement Monday night condemned the actions taken by federal authorities to disperse protesters who had gathered for a peaceful demonstration outside the White House earlier that evening.

The Democratic leaders accused President Trump of being responsible for the clash, citing his decision to leave the White House and walk to a nearby church where he was photographed holding a Bible.

“Tear-gassing peaceful protesters without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “We call upon the President, law enforcement and all entrusted with responsibility to respect the dignity and rights of all Americans."

In videos, federal law enforcement officers could be seen rushing at protesters with shields and batons while rubber bullets, flash-bang devices and tear gas were fired into the large crowd.

“At this challenging time, our nation needs real leadership,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “The President’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak and dangerous.”

By Allyson Chiu
June 2, 2020 at 5:41 AM EDT

Four police officers shot in St. Louis

Four police officers were shot early Tuesday morning in St. Louis, police said in a tweet.

All four officers remained conscious and breathing before being taken away from the scene. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the officers were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“They were standing near a line, and all of a sudden they felt pain,” St. Louis police chief John W. Hayden said at a news conference early Tuesday. He said two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and one was shot in the arm. Police had not identified a suspected shooter or made any arrests early Tuesday morning.

“Some coward fired shots at officers and now we have four in the hospital, and thank god they’re alive,” he added.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported heavy gunfire could be heard in downtown after midnight.

By early Tuesday morning, officers were still taking gunfire in downtown St. Louis, police said.

Police did not immediately return a request for comment or additional information.

A large, peaceful protest marched through the city earlier in the day, but was winding down by 7:30 p.m. Most remaining protesters dispersed after police shot tear gas into the crowd just before 9 p.m., the Post-Dispatch reported. Looting began less than an hour later, and people set a 7-Eleven on fire after raiding it, according to the newspaper.

About 200 people were involved in break-ins and looting, Hayden said, and some people threw rocks and explosives at police officers. People tried to pour gasoline on officers, he said. At one point, officers used force to push people away from police headquarters.

“We’re trying to figure out what is going on,” Hayden said. “Mr. Floyd was injured down and was killed somewhere else, and they’re tearing up cities all over the country.”

He said his officers showed “extraordinary restraint” as people threw rocks, explosives and shot at police lines.

“I don’t understand what that has to do with Mr. Floyd’s death,” the chief said. “That’s what I don’t understand.”

By Katie Shepherd
June 2, 2020 at 5:30 AM EDT

Protests reignite despite new curfews, larger police presence in U.S. cities

Protesters filled the streets of U.S. cities again Monday to decry excessive force used by police as Washington, New York and other hard-hit cities imposed curfews and President Trump urged governors to use even more force.

Near the White House, federal officers used tear gas to clear a path for Trump to visit a nearby historic church in a move that was harshly criticized by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

Monday marked one week since George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. Floyd’s pleas to Chauvin — “I can’t breathe, man. Please” — went unheeded.

Read more here.

By David Fahrenthold
June 2, 2020 at 5:18 AM EDT

Las Vegas police officer, one civilian shot in separate incidents on the Strip

In two separate incidents on the Las Vegas Strip, a Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot and another person was shot by an officer, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The shootings came toward the tail end of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that had been largely peaceful earlier in the day, according to the Sun. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) said his office had been notified of both shooting incidents and that he was in contact with local authorities.

The officer was shot near Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, while the officer-involved shooting happened outside the federal courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Further details about the circumstances of each shooting were not immediately available, and a spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Video of the moment police opened fire on one person showed a handful of horrified people running away from the scene, fearing aloud that they just witnessed someone being killed, as a volley of gunfire can be heard in the background.

The person’s condition was not immediately clear, nor was the officer’s.

“In this moment we ask for prayers for our law enforcement community,” an LVMPD substation tweeted. “Let us join together in prayer for the peace of our city.”

By Meagan Flynn
June 2, 2020 at 5:10 AM EDT

NYPD officer run over in the Bronx, police say

A black sedan sped through an intersection in the Bronx early Tuesday morning and slammed into a New York City police officer standing in the road, leaving him with serious injuries, authorities said.

An NYPD spokesman said officers were responding to reports of break-ins on Walton Avenue, located about two miles away from the chaos on Fordham Road, where people raided shops and set fires in the street, and a police officer was assaulted until he pulled out his gun.

The officer struck by a car was taken to nearby Lincoln Medical Center for treatment. He is in serious but stable condition, the spokesman said.

A video posted to social media by a bystander watching from several stories above shows a black sedan speeding toward the intersection where two officers had just parked and stepped out of their vehicle. One of the officers jumped out of the way, but the car slammed into a police sergeant and continued driving down the street. An NYPD spokesman confirmed multiple details shown in the video.

Police said the collision happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Walton Avenue and East 170th Street. At almost that same time, the person who shared the video tweeted: “I just witnessed a murder n I recorded it.” About 10 minutes later, the Twitter user posted the cellphone footage, adding people had broken into a nearby pawnshop just before the crash.

An NYPD spokesman said police have not yet made any arrests in the case.

By Katie Shepherd
June 2, 2020 at 4:59 AM EDT

ACLU urges local leaders to listen to protesters and ignore Trump

The American Civil Liberties Union urged governors, mayors and police chiefs to ignore President Trump’s Monday comments about deploying active-duty forces to respond to violent protests taking place nationwide, stressing the U.S. “does not need authoritarian tactics like military intervention to silence dissent.”

In a statement Monday, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero suggested local leaders “would do well to heed and hear the voices of the protesters, while ignoring the words of Donald Trump.

“Great presidents — like Abraham Lincoln — have historically appealed to the ‘better angels of our nature’ in moments of crisis. Lamentably, Donald Trump is not a great president,” Romero said. “As our country is ripped asunder and teeters on chaos and racial division, President Trump missed yet another opportunity to unify people across the country.”

On Monday, Trump drew widespread outcry from critics for threatening to send the military into states and cities in an effort to quell acts of violence and looting, prompting many, including Democratic officials, to liken his remarks to the behavior of a “tyrant.”

Instead of turning to the military, the country, Romero said, “needs the political will to dismantle the deep-seated racism and inequity that permeates our institutions — especially our police departments.

“This country’s strength lies in the willingness of its people to take to the streets and demand adherence to values that define our nation,” he said.

By Allyson Chiu
June 2, 2020 at 4:45 AM EDT

Minneapolis activists help the homeless affected by ongoing protests

In Minneapolis, the killing of George Floyd and the aftermath of fires and looting has led residents to take new kinds of direction, with neighborhood checkpoints and patrols, makeshift medic centers and large-scale cleanup efforts.

It has also led to the seizing of a Sheraton hotel, where during the past 48 hours, activists sheltered around 200 people experiencing homelessness, many of whom fled an encampment blocks away from the epicenter of protests by the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct.

Rosemary Fister, 26, of Minneapolis, is part of a coalition of organizers and activists behind the effort, which is being done with the cooperation of the property owners.

“This isn’t a moment, we are not going back. This, for example, it’s ours now,” they said, pointing to the hotel behind them. “We are at a point where the killing of George Floyd, a shelter worker killed by the Minneapolis Police, has given us power, and we are using that power to take care of each other. The police don’t take care of us, the police don’t keep us safe, we do. And that’s what we are doing by housing people right now.”

A sign saying, “You can’t stay home without housing,” stood in front of the four-story building as volunteers food and other supplies before the 10 p.m. curfew began.

By Jared Goyette
June 2, 2020 at 4:26 AM EDT

Black family protecting Los Angeles businesses from looters mistakenly cuffed by police on live TV

A black family helping to protect businesses from looters in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Van Nuys Monday evening were cuffed by police officers they flagged down for help — an incident that played out on a live video broadcast by KTTV.

The tense scenes captured by the local news station in a now-viral video came as the Los Angeles Police Department cracked down on looting across the city Monday.

“We are aware of the incident,” a spokesman with the LAPD told The Washington Post when asked about the Van Nuys footage. The spokesman noted several people were arrested for looting, but declined to provide additional details.

Around 6:30 p.m. local time, an African American woman and several members of her family had joined forces with the owner of a liquor store in Van Nuys to ward off a group of alleged looters who were targeting the establishment and a nearby Cash for Gold business, KTTV’s Christina Gonzalez reported.

Amid arguing with the looters, a group of young black men, the woman and others outside the liquor store waved their arms at passing police cars. Soon, Gonzalez, who had also been trying to get the police’s attention, told viewers that officers were inbound.

But as more than 10 cops descended on the scene, the situation swiftly went awry. Within seconds, at least three officers, one of whom appeared to be holding a rifle, had the woman and two of her family members lined up against a wall — and they were putting cuffs on them.

“I was handcuffed, thrown up against the wall with my husband, my brother-in-law and I was just like, the hell?” the woman later told Gonzalez in an interview.

Gonzalez could be heard frantically telling the police that they had the wrong people while an officer tried to get information about what happened from her.

Late Monday, KTTV caught up with the woman, who said she and her family were fine after the encounter and doubled down on her decision to face off against the looters.

“We don’t want other people from different cities to come and tear up where we live at 'cause we have to rebuild this,” she said.

By Allyson Chiu
June 2, 2020 at 4:08 AM EDT

Los Angeles police chief walks back comments saying looters bear equal responsibility for Floyd’s death

Hours after saying that looters were just as responsible for George Floyd’s death as the officers who had the man in custody, the Los Angeles police chief walked back his comments on Monday.

At a news conference alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) on Monday afternoon, Police Chief Michel R. Moore said the violence and looting he witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles had amounted to far more than protests.

“We had criminal acts,” Moore said. “We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd. We had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands, as much as it is those officers."

“That is a strong statement,” he added, “but I must say that this civil unrest that we’re in the midst of, we must turn a corner from people who are involved in violence, people who are involved in preying on others.”

Police had arrested nearly 700 people the night before, he said, including 70 who were directly involved in looting or burglary. At least one permitted protest had veered onto a freeway and became unlawful, warning demonstrators from repeating that example later on Monday.

But approximately three hours later, the police chief took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments. He also clarified that only police were responsible for Floyd’s death.

“I recognize that my initial words were terribly offensive,” Moore wrote. “Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to equate the two.”

Garcetti also responded to the chief’s comments on social media.

“The responsibility for George Floyd’s death rests solely with the police officers involved,” Garcetti wrote on Twitter. “Chief Moore regrets the words he chose this evening and has clarified them.”

By Abigail Hauslohner and Teo Armus
June 2, 2020 at 3:44 AM EDT

The sights from the protests in San Francisco and Los Angeles

See more photos from Monday’s protests around the country here.

By Olivier Laurent
June 2, 2020 at 3:24 AM EDT

Birmingham, Ala., officials take down 115-year-old Confederate monument

Demolition crews began taking down a Confederate statue late Monday in Birmingham, Ala., an extraordinary move ordered by the city’s mayor that will probably prompt legal challenges from the state.

At 52-feet tall, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument has loomed over a park in the city’s center since 1905. But as protests for racial justice overtook the city this week, Mayor Randall Woodfin said it was time for the obelisk to come down — even if doing so could violate a state law.

“In order to prevent more civil unrest, it is very imperative that we remove this statue,” Woodfin, who is black, told the Birmingham News.

In 2017, city officials affixed plywood to the base of the obelisk and covered the rest with a tarp, saying the monument was offensive and fearing it would lead to violence.

Alabama officials sued, citing a state law that barred cities from removing Confederate statues and prompting a years-long legal battle. Last year, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Birmingham had to pay a $25,000 fine for obstruction.

The plywood remained on the statue on Sunday, when demonstrators attempted to take down the monument. They managed to chisel the base of the obelisk and completely toppled a nearby statue of Charles Linn, a Confederate Navy captain and the namesake for the surrounding park.

Then Woodfin arrived at the scene.

“Allow me to finish the job for you,” he said, according to WIAT television.

Given the ongoing legal battle over the statue, he acknowledged on Monday that Alabama could bring another lawsuit against the city. But he was willing to accept that outcome, he said, “because that is a lower cost than civil unrest in our city.”

At 10 p.m. on Jefferson Davis Day — an Alabama state holiday on Monday honoring the Confederate president — a demolition crew removed the top of the obelisk and loaded it onto a flatbed truck. More than an hour later, they moved down to take apart a middle section, WBRC television reported.

By Teo Armus
June 2, 2020 at 3:20 AM EDT

After Australian reporters ‘assaulted’ by police near White House, prime minister asks embassy to investigate

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked the embassy in Washington to investigate after two reporters for an Australian news outlet were struck by police in riot gear live on-air Monday evening near the White House.

Around 6:30 p.m., police began forcefully removing protesters from Lafayette Square with tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to clear the way for President Trump’s nearby photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church. As a line of police pushed forward, an officer struck 7News Australia cameraman Tim Myers with a shield and appeared to hit him in the face. Reporter Amelia Brace was struck with a baton while fleeing, 7News reported.

“You heard us yelling there that we were media, but they don’t care. They’re being indiscriminate at the moment,” said Brace on-air moments later. After running to safety, she added: “And you saw how they dealt with my cameraman there, quite violent, and they do not care who they’re targeting.”

Government officials in Australia were shocked at the violence of the police, and Morrison asked the embassy to complain to the authorities. (It wasn’t immediately clear which agency struck the reporters.) Anthony Albanese, a member of Parliament and leader of the Australian Labor Party, said the reporters “effectively have been assaulted — that’s what it is — for doing their job,” ABC reported.

“The violence that has occurred towards members of the media, Australian media and domestic media as well, with tear gas being fired, with media being assaulted, is completely unacceptable,” he said.

The two journalists join numerous others across the United States who have been injured or arrested by police while reporting on the historic protests. Craig McPherson, Seven Network director of news and public affairs, called the police’s actions “wanton thuggery.”

By Meagan Flynn
June 2, 2020 at 3:02 AM EDT

Looting intensifies in Manhattan as police clash with protesters in tense scene

NEW YORK — A march of protesters that lasted about 40 minutes past the 11 p.m. curfew was busted up late Monday, as hundreds of people in the group scrambled away from uniformed New York police officers who raced in to arrest several participants.

“Get off the street!” yelled one of several white-shirted officers, telling a group backed up against a CVS Pharmacy that they should have been gone by 11 p.m.

The command was given a short time after a trash fire was set in the middle of Eighth Avenue.

In the chaos, news reporters and photographers scrambled to identify themselves in hopes of avoiding arrest or other repercussions on what was the first test of curfew enforcement. Working press are considered essential and are allowed to be out, but interactions have been dicey as utter lawlessness unfolds around the city.

Throughout the night, stores all over Lower Manhattan and Midtown were infiltrated by vandals and thieves, sometimes in the name of activism. “Black Lives Matter discount n----!” one man said as he carried a heaping pile of shoe boxes and clothes. In Midtown, there was disappointment when looters realized the store they’d tapped into sold only cheap costume jewelry.

The entirety of a Verizon store’s display floor merchandise was looted. The Macy’s in Herald Square, a New York landmark and a holiday tourist destination, was busted into Monday night, according to news reports and social media accounts. And a FedEx Office store was hit, as a man could be seen in the window struggling mightily to obtain the contents of a well-secured, undelivered package.

By Shayna Jacobs
June 2, 2020 at 2:52 AM EDT

‘I am George Floyd’: Top enlisted Air Force leader pleads for racial justice

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright opened up about his own experience as a black man in a leadership role in the Air Force while pledging to do more to tackle racial injustice and diversity at all levels.

“Who am I? I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force,” he wrote at the start of a lengthy Twitter thread. “I am George Floyd … I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice.”

Wright, who is the top enlisted leader in the Air Force, said his “greatest fear” every day is he “will wake up to a report that one of our Black Airmen has died at the hands of a white police officer.”

“As I struggle with the Air Force’s own demons that include the racial disparities in military justice and discipline among our youngest Black male Airmen and the clear lack of diversity in our senior officer ranks … I can only look in the mirror for the solution,” he wrote.

He said he felt like he has not done enough as the top enlisted leader to ensure opportunities for black people in the Air Force, and to make sure racial injustice is rooted out “among our ranks.” Wright said he is working with Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, to launch a “full and thorough independent review of our military justice system.” “We will look to uncover where the problem lies, and how we can fix it,” he wrote.

He urged people to protest peacefully, to vote and also, for those in the military, to listen to and “to pay attention to the Black Airmen in your ranks during this trying time.”

“Don’t misunderstand me, they don’t need, nor do they want any special treatment,” he wrote, “but they deserve to be treated fairly & equally, both by our United States Air Force & these United States of America … this begins with you, & I am asking, no fighting, for your understanding.”

By Meagan Flynn
June 2, 2020 at 2:28 AM EDT

Philadelphia radio producer documents crowd of anti-protesters with bats, is beaten

On Monday night, Jon Ehrens, a Philadelphia radio producer, began tweeting photos and videos of what he described as a “huge congregation of agitated white people with bats, golf clubs and billy clubs” taking to the streets of northeast Philadelphia and yelling insults at protesters marching against police brutality.

Hours later, he tweeted a photo of himself with blood pouring from his nose and one eye swollen shut. The group, he wrote, had beaten him “for recording them.”

A spokesman for the Philadelphia police department said police were still gathering information about what transpired. Ehrens’s story comes as journalists around the nation covering protests have faced escalating violence from police and sometimes from protesters.

Ehrens, a producer for the Philadelphia public radio show WHYY Radio Times, tweeted photos shortly before 7 p.m. showing a crowd of a few dozen white men and women, many carrying baseball bats or clubs. “N-words flying. Overheard: ‘I’m ready to f--- s--- up. you know ive been looking for a fight for the past 6 months,” Ehrens wrote.

Ehrens described the men facing off against a group of protesters joining in the national demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Ehrens wrote:" this lady from the ‘I can’t breathe side’ started yelling ‘f--- you’ to a group of about 20 bat-wielders and they erupted into applause.”

“Situation getting tense again,” he tweeted later.

Then around 9 p.m. he posted a selfie with blood pouring from his face. He wrote:" I got called out for recording them and they beat the sh — out of me and pushed my girlfriend."

He next tweeted he was “fine,” but heading to the hospital, and later posted a photo from a hospital bed.

By Abigail Hauslohner and Maura Ewing
June 2, 2020 at 2:16 AM EDT

‘They burned down the 7-Eleven’: Day of protests in St. Louis brings mix of anger and disappointment

ST. LOUIS — Throughout Monday night, Kerry Olden saw the fireworks set off by protesters from his window. After 9 p.m., he started to smell smoke and realized that something was burning.

He walked outside, where someone said, “Hey, man, they burned down the 7-Eleven over there.”

After a day in which thousands of people had gathered for nonviolent protests in St. Louis, the city was filled with smoke and tear gas, and saw people sprinting in different directions from cops wearing riot gear.

“I get the anger and frustration, but I think it’s doing more harm than good to loot and burn things down,” said Olden, an accountant. “That’s not the way to get things done."

Olden, who is black, said when he saw the video of George Floyd, “I could picture myself on the ground.” He pointed to Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” as to why he understands what’s happening.

He stood among about 15 onlookers as firefighters continued to spray water on the building, which was now just charred remains.

“This type of destruction hurts the community because there are a lot of people who went to this particular [7-Eleven] that don’t have cars, so they have to walk and have to go somewhere else now.”

Luke Steffen, a 26-year-old white government employee, had to evacuate his building near the store twice on Monday night.

“I heard people talking about how crazy things were getting, but I didn’t believe them,” he said. “I am a supporter of Black Lives Matter and we had a vigil at my church. It’s disappointing that all this is happening, but hey, that’s what you get when there is too much injustice.”

Onlookers continued to watch the firefighters at the scene until a crew of police officers arrived, several of them carrying tear gas grenade guns, as people ran in various directions.

By Eric Berger
June 2, 2020 at 1:56 AM EDT

Indianapolis protest de-escalated after demonstrators and police hug, march together

A tense standoff between police and protesters in Indianapolis after curfew Monday was defused when demonstrators and several officers agreed to march together toward downtown.

Hundreds of protesters and police faced off near the governor’s mansion after officers told protesters they had overstayed the 8 p.m. curfew and needed to disperse, according to videos shared on social media of the scene. The demonstrators remained, at times kneeling and sitting. Amid the escalating tension between the groups, officers at one point shot a pepper-spray projectile at the crowd, which shouted back asking for peace.

After awhile, the protesters appeared to be negotiating with the officers. Several protesters went up to officers to shake their hands. Then, the crowd and officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department proceeded to walk toward downtown. Some officers hugged and linked arms with the demonstrators. “We were so proud to see officers and protesters march together in solidarity,” Indianapolis Police tweeted after the protest. “Our officers will continue to ensure the safety of demonstrators as they walk back to their cars to travel home. Our thanks to the protesters for peacefully advocating for change.”

However, others in the Black Lives Matters movement regarded the de-escalation as an affront to the message of the protest about police brutality. “IMPD staged a media moment near the Governor’s mansion, hugging and high-fiving protesters to create a distraction while they let off rubber bullets and tear gas blocks away w no media present,” Black Lives Matter Indianapolis later tweeted.

“Making this real clear. We don’t shake hands with the enemy,” the group added.

By Meryl Kornfield
June 2, 2020 at 1:40 AM EDT

The scenes from the protests in Minneapolis and St. Louis

See more photos from Monday’s protests around the country here.

By Olivier Laurent
June 2, 2020 at 1:23 AM EDT

‘Hostage situation’: Police surround D.C. house where more than 100 protesters sought refuge

Rahul Dubey said he didn’t have time to think when police on Swann Street descended on the peaceful protesters outside his house.

“It was a human tsunami,” he said. “I was hanging on my railing yelling, ‘Get in the house! Get in the house!’”

More than 100 people scrambled inside. On the phone with a reporter, he choked up when he recalled what he witnessed from his front porch: police, he said, pushing and beating people indiscriminately.

“I opened a door,” he said. “You would have done the same thing.”

Dubey, who owns a health-care innovations company and worked for America’s Health Insurance Plans, said he is a first-generation Indian American whose father came to the United States as a teenager with almost no money.

“If people like us aren’t going to open a door,” he said, “then who the f--- is?”

As the standoff stretched past midnight, Dubey worried about the protesters getting hungry. He said he had five pounds of ground beef he could feed them but not much more. For the moment, there was no way to get in or out of the street.

When Dubey asked police for assistance, he said, he told them to go back inside or he would be arrested.

“These kids want to go home,” he said. “It feels like a hostage situation.”

After midnight, police tried to enter the house, claiming that someone inside had dialed 911 to report a medical emergency. But the protesters said that wasn’t true and the police were turned away. They remained outside, waiting for anyone to leave.

By Derek Hawkins
June 2, 2020 at 1:05 AM EDT

Rep. Seth Moulton calls on military to ‘lay down your arms’ if ordered to face protesters

Shortly after President Trump vowed Monday evening to deploy active-duty forces domestically, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a Marine veteran, implored members of the military to “lay down your arms” if ordered to confront protesters.

On Twitter, Moulton, a former presidential candidate, joined other Democrats in likening Trump’s threat to the behavior of a “tyrant” and called on the armed forces to “be on the right side of history.”

“We must therefore, with every ounce of conviction, every commitment to peace, and every glimmer of hope, join in lawful protest to overcome his tyranny,” Moulton tweeted, referring to Trump. “And if he chooses to abuse the military as a tyrant would do — to stifle dissent, suppress freedom, & cement inequality — then I call on all our proud young men & women in uniform, as a veteran & a patriot, to lay down your arms, uphold your oath, & join this new march for freedom.”

Moulton joined the Marine Corps in 2001, just days after graduating from Harvard University. He served four tours in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star.

By Allyson Chiu
June 2, 2020 at 12:48 AM EDT

‘Who is the thug here?’: Anderson Cooper slams Trump’s threat to deploy military domestically

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper condemned President Trump’s pledge Monday night to send the military to states and cities to quell escalating protests against police brutality, calling the move “a failure of presidential leadership.”

“The president seems to think that dominating black people, dominating peaceful protesters, is law and order. It’s not,” Cooper said in a scathing monologue that opened his show Monday night. “He calls them thugs? Who is the thug here? Hiding in a bunker? Hiding behind a suit? Who is the thug?”

Cooper’s broadcast came shortly after a whirlwind hour in the nation’s capital Monday evening. As Trump vowed to deploy active-duty forces to tamp down rioting and looting in states and cities nationwide, federal authorities used rubber bullets, flash bang devices and tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters who had gathered at a park across the street from the White House. Moments after demonstrators were cleared out of the area, Trump left the White House on foot, making a short walk to a nearby church, where he posed for photos while holding up a Bible.

“What happened in this past hour would be comical if it wasn’t so dangerous and so destructive,” Cooper said on his show. He later added, “People have waited for days for this wannabe wartime president to say something, and this is what he says, and that is what he does.”

Cooper appeared to be particularly put off by the president’s widely criticized church visit, referencing reports that Monday’s apparent photo opportunity was organized because Trump was “upset” over news coverage about Secret Service agents taking him to the White House bunker when protesters gathered outside on Friday.

“If it wasn’t so dangerous and disgusting, it would be funny because it’s just so low-rent and just sad,” Cooper said.

By Allyson Chiu
June 2, 2020 at 12:37 AM EDT

‘A disgrace to society’: Chicago residents question violence from Black Lives Matter march

CHICAGO — A Black Lives Matter march on Monday evening that shut down part of southbound Lake Shore Drive turned into a riot an hour later.

Much of the unrest was quartered mostly on the South and West Sides of this city. On Monday, the upheaval traveled to the North Side and its mostly affluent lakeside neighborhoods. The march on Lake Shore Drive was peaceful as police coordinated with marchers to block entrance ramps so cars could not interfere.

It ended around 7 p.m., leaving marchers strewn throughout the city’s Uptown neighborhood. Dozens of police in riot gear stood in position in different corners, one in front of a boarded-up Target to prevent looting.

It took one person to throw a brick through the windows of a hair salon to break the tension. Police vehicles streamed into the intersection while the crowd of at least 100 people on the other end of the block entered the street. Police pushed them back as people picked up bricks from a nearby building and threw them into the air. Screams and cries were countered by police shouting orders for people to leave the area. Behind the police was a tactical unit in camouflage carrying a tear-gas cannon.

On the corner, salon owner Adel Shaw, 52, watched helplessly, her business showered in tiny bits of glass and bricks.

“This is totally stupid. This is absolutely a disgrace to society,” she said.

Her upstairs neighbor, Corey Kauffman, 41, agreed. “This has nothing to do with these protests,” he said.

One lieutenant walked over and told Shaw that he was available to help her with whatever she needed.

Then she noticed another section of glass that was reddened by a brick.

“Look,” she said, rubbing the mark. “They tried to break this one, too.”

By Mark Guarino
June 2, 2020 at 12:20 AM EDT

Helicopter buzzes low over protesters in downtown Washington in ‘show of force’

An Army helicopter flew just above rooftops in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood on Monday night, buzzing low over protesters in a military tactic normally reserved for combat zones.

At about 10 p.m., the helicopter’s “show of force” snapped branches off trees and shattered some storefront windows, according to reporters on the scene. The move is normally performed by low-flying aircraft to scare off insurgents.

Some of the rogue branches narrowly missed protesters on the street below. As the crowd broke apart and scattered into the surrounding area, the helicopter returned for another maneuver several minutes later.

President Trump has deployed dozens of federal law enforcement officers to Washington, which has been the site of intense protests over the death of George Floyd that erupted over the weekend and have not ceased since.

Hundreds of troops in an active-duty military police battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., have deployed to the nation’s capital, where the Army can deploy without a governor’s approval. Attorney General William P. Barr has also ramped up the response from federal law enforcement officials.

In a speech Monday night, Trump threatened to deploy federal military forces nationwide to quell protests elsewhere.

By Teo Armus
June 2, 2020 at 12:05 AM EDT

Two officers hit by car in Buffalo during protest outside police station

Two police officers were hit by a car during a violent confrontation between authorities and protesters outside a Buffalo police station on Monday night, according to a police spokesman.

Multiple videos shared online show an SUV ramming into a line of police in riot gear who appeared to be firing tear gas and pepper balls at protesters.

“Somebody ran over — oh my God!” said Cariol Holloman-Horne, a community activist and former Buffalo police officer, who filmed the incident, just after the SUV plowed through the officers.

The two officers, one from the Buffalo police and the other from the New York State Police, were transported to a hospital and are reportedly in stable condition, according to Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (D) told WGRZ that two people in the vehicle had also been shot, but the circumstances of the shooting were unclear. The Buffalo News, citing unnamed police sources, reported that the two people had been shot in an unrelated incident and that the driver was not deliberately targeting police. The two people were taken to a hospital and one is in surgery, the mayor said.

A third person was taken into custody, police spokesman Jeff Rinaldo said.

Before the incident, one video shows the officers in riot gear running down the street, some with leashed dogs and others swinging batons. Holloman-Horne’s video shows numerous protesters fleeing. In the footage, Holloman-Horne rolls up her window as the tear gas fills the air.

Just before the vehicle moved in, protesters could be heard yelling “Stand your ground!” and “Don’t shoot!”

By Meagan Flynn
June 1, 2020 at 11:55 PM EDT

Photos from protests in Washington, Baltimore and New York

See more photos from Monday’s protests around the country here.

By Olivier Laurent
June 1, 2020 at 11:30 PM EDT

New York curfew creates confusion and unlikely commiseration on the streets

NEW YORK — An emergency alert about the impending New York City curfew at 11 p.m. sent a blaring siren sound across cellphones citywide on Monday night, stopping cars and pedestrians in Brooklyn in their tracks.

“Wait, what does this mean?” asked Eddie Ozal, 30, stepping out of his car. He’s a Dominican-Cuban from the Bronx, a proud first-generation immigrant who delivers food for DoorDash. He’d come to Brooklyn because the app had shown it was “hot,” but, he said, “At 11 o’clock I don’t want be delivering food and get stopped by the cops.”

A nearby pedestrian chimed in. “We protested the Vietnam War and they never did anything like this.” said Michael Sargent, a white, bearded, 72-year-old English literature professor at Queens College.

Ozal wanted to know what Sargent and his wife, Ann, thought about the protests. “All of this is absolutely necessary,” said Ann, who’s retired.

“In addition to the harassment, there are a lot of people who don’t have enough food and are unemployed, so you get the looting aspect,” Sargent said.

Ozal nodded his head. “You keep knocking on the door and saying, ‘I’m hungry. I’m hungry. I’m hungry.’ And they just keep giving you scraps. What else are you supposed to do?”

Ozal had a more pressing question: Could he keep working tonight? The three scrolled through a lengthy PDF attached to the alert and learned that those performing essential work were exempt. Still, no one knows what will happen if anyone breaks the curfew. And there are fears of escalated violence given that President Trump said tonight he’d be sending the military to patrol streets.

The three debated and decided that Ozal could reasonably argue his work is essential if he is stopped by the police.

“All right!” he said, smiling. “That’s good. If someone’s hungry, I don’t want to leave them hungry.”

By Jada Yuan
June 1, 2020 at 11:18 PM EDT

In some protests, local officials say white instigators are causing mayhem

“What did I tell you?” a voice cried out as the camera recording mayhem in downtown Pittsburgh settled on a white man, clad in all black, smashing the windows of a police vehicle.

“It is not black people,” the onlooker called to the crowd before addressing the vandal directly: “What are you doing?”

What he was doing, authorities later alleged, was inciting riots Saturday as the city — like dozens of others across America — was swept up in sustained unrest over the death of a black man in police custody. Demonstrations have spread from Minneapolis, where a white police officer pinned his knee on the neck of George Floyd, to scores of other cities, some of which have been looted and set ablaze.

Read more here.

By Isaac Stanley-Becker
June 1, 2020 at 11:01 PM EDT

Barr, Esper, Milley meet with law enforcement amid District protests

Attorney General William P. Barr, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley were seen walking Monday night in downtown Washington, where they spoke with members of law enforcement.

According to a Telemundo 44 reporter, Barr and Esper spoke with officers near 16th and K streets NW around 9 p.m. The two walked away as reporters shouted questions.

Milley was dressed in uniform as he walked downtown around the same time. In an interview with the Military Times, he said he was out speaking with members of the D.C. National Guard and “seeing how well they’re doing, that’s all.”

Asked what message he is giving to law enforcement officers, Milley replied, “Just to allow the freedom to assemble and the freedom of speech. That’s perfectly fine; we support that. We took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America to do that, to protect everyone’s rights, and that’s what we do.”

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 10:58 PM EDT

In Philadelphia, police kneel with protesters

A day of protests in Philadelphia culminated with several rows of police officers lined up before police headquarters kneeling down, a symbol of solidarity with the crowd of demonstrators gathered on the other side of a barricade.

“They took a knee for us, that’s progress at the end of the day,” said Ky Porter, a 24-year-old college student. But, he said, “this is just one step of many. We’ve got to keep going.”

Many protesters dispersed. About 50 of those who lingered, including Porter, formed a line before officers who had approached the scene. The standoff lasted about 20 minutes, neither side making a move. Just before 8 p.m. an officer told the protesters through a loudspeaker that they were in violation of the 6 p.m. curfew. The police brigade backed protesters up several blocks before they scattered. Nobody was arrested.

The dynamic between police and protesters was dramatically different earlier in the day, when law enforcement deployed tear gas and sound bombs after a crowd stopped traffic on a downtown highway.

On the march from the highway to police headquarters Adi Kamugisha, a 36-year-old black woman, said she was “proud” of her fellow marchers. “It’s just so beautiful to see so many people marching for black lives.”

Hassan Upshour, a 25-year-old black man, sat on the lawn across from police headquarters. This was the first protest that Upshour had ever attended. Officers pepper-sprayed him earlier in the day, on the highway. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t see. It was really scary,” he said. “It was traumatizing.”

By Maura Ewing
June 1, 2020 at 10:48 PM EDT

Federal Bureau of Prisons orders ‘temporary national lockdown’ because of protests in country

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has instituted a “temporary national lockdown” in response to the protests raging across the United States, putting further limitations on inmate movements behind bars, a spokeswoman said.

The agency announced the move in a statement, saying, “In light of extensive protest activity occurring around the country, the BOP — in an abundance of caution — is implementing an additional, temporary security measure to ensure the good order and security of our institutions, as well as ensure the safety of staff and inmates.”

A spokeswoman later said it was a “temporary national lockdown” and that “inmate movement is further limited in all of our institutions.”

Inmate movement already had been greatly restricted as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was unclear precisely what new limitations were being imposed.

The Bureau of Prisons in 1995 imposed a lockdown at many of its facilities after rioting at several institutions. Officials said, though, the current restrictions were a “precautionary” measure and not a reaction to events occurring inside federal prisons.

By Matt Zapotosky
June 1, 2020 at 10:40 PM EDT

Protesters call for justice in the Ohio suburbs

Unrest came to the suburbs on Monday night.

Several hundred demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd blocked a busy thoroughfare in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek.

While some police officers took a knee or dropped their shields in solidarity with the protesters, others responded by releasing several canisters of tear gas. The protesters faced off with police intent on keeping the road open. Protesters fortified their positions by bringing in bottles of milk to ward off more gas releases.

The protest site was chosen to commemorate the 2014 shooting death of John Crawford III by white police officer. Crawford, a black man, was holding an unpackaged BB gun that he found on a store shelf in the city’s Walmart.

On Monday, the Walmart closed early, barricading its doors with cartons of bottled water and bicycle racks. Jherlynn Tims, 24, said she hopes the suburban location of the protest draws awareness to racial problems that are often dismissed as city problems. “ I think it raises awareness and if people stop for a moment out of there today to see us here, then we are getting our message out,” Tims says.

Octavia Dixon, 21, is from San Antonio but is spending the summer with her brother in Beavercreek. Dixon, who is black, wanted to bring her message to largely white Beavercreek.

“I want people to listen to what we are saying, we shouldn’t have to live in fear,” Dixon said.

By Kevin Williams
June 1, 2020 at 10:32 PM EDT

Atlanta protesters call for justice, police lob tear gas ahead of curfew

Protesters gathered for a fourth night in front of downtown Atlanta’s CNN Center, chanting before a group of local and state police officers, plus members of the Georgia National Guard.

The crowd was somewhat smaller than the night before and remained peaceful, yelling, “No justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe.”

The protesters skewed young and racially diverse. Among the white protesters were recent high school graduates Samantha Herceg, 18, Dylan Brunette, 19, and Marco Ragusa, 18. The trio hail from Binghampton, N.Y., but Ragusa now lives in the Atlanta suburb of Dallas.

All three were attending their first protest.

“Whether you think it’s a race thing or not, watching that man kneel on [George Floyd’s] neck until he was dead, and after he was dead, there’s no need for that; it’s disgusting,” Ragusa said. “Whether you think it’s black versus white or anything like that, watching someone basically kill someone, strangling them to death — if that doesn’t anger you, then there is something wrong.”

Tensions escalated around 8:30, ahead of Atlanta’s 9 p.m. curfew. In a repeat of Sunday night, law enforcement donned gas masks and began lobbing tear gas into the crowd.

They than began fanning out to block off the entrance to the Centennial Park area in anticipation of the curfew.

By Haisten Willis
June 1, 2020 at 10:25 PM EDT

Charleston protester was kneeling before officers arrested him

When protester Givionne “Gee” Jordan Jr. told police in Charleston, S.C., that he loved them, he was forcefully carried away by officers and arrested, a local newspaper reported.

At the beginning of a video that has been viewed more than 13.1 million times on Twitter, Jordan, 23, is seen kneeling along with other protesters in Marion Square in front of club-wielding officers in riot gear and peacefully speaking to them about race issues.

After police handcuffed and arrested him, the Charleston resident told the Post and Courier that he spent the night in the county jail. Jordan was charged with disobeying a lawful order, according to jail records.

Police Chief Luther Reynolds told Live 5 News that people who appeared to be peaceful were disobeying because they were asked to disperse and they didn’t. He said his department has made 62 arrests.

“I’ve been to many protests throughout my career and people like to get arrested sometimes, and we accommodate that,” he said.

“When somebody tells you to disperse in an environment like this, my advice to my own son or my own daughter would be to obey the police,” he added. Charleston police declined to comment beyond Reynolds’s remarks.

“All of you are my family,” Jordan tells the officers in the video. “I love each and every one of you. I cry at night when I feel your pain.”

Jordan appeared to weep in the video, telling the officers that they aren’t each others’ enemies and he wants to understand them. After nearly two minutes of Jordan’s speech to the officers, a few stepped forward and grabbed Jordan, pulling him from the group of kneeling demonstrators.

“For what?” protesters shouted at the officers.

After his arrest, Jordan told the paper that he attended Sunday’s protests after cleaning up downtown in the morning.

“My plan was to get all the people beside me, kneeling behind me, kneeling with me,” he told the newspaper. “Showing the cops that we are no threat. We are no threat at all. We just want to make the world better.”

By Meryl Kornfield
June 1, 2020 at 10:19 PM EDT

Arlington pulls police out of D.C. after they were used to clear crowd for Trump photo op

Arlington County officials pulled their police officers, who had been helping the National Park Police with crowd control, from the District after they were used to clear the way for President Trump to make his appearance at St. John’s Church — an action that involved firing chemical canisters and stingers at protesters, including families with children, who were demonstrating peacefully before the District’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect.

The county’s police department had been assisting with crowd control at Lafayette Square since Saturday as part of a preexisting mutual aid agreement with the Park Police, filling in whenever an officer holding the line there got tired, said Libby Garvey, the chair of Arlington County’s board.

“The next thing we know, they get pulled in to do this photo op,” Garvey (D) said. “Our mutual aid agreement is to help each other when we’re trying to protect people; not for photo ops. It endangered everybody in the park. It endangered all of our officers. We don’t do that. ”

Garvey said that the county will reevaluate its long-standing agreement with the Park Police, and that the county’s officers will not be helping with any future protests in the nation’s capital until it decides on a course of action.

“We’re in a bad place,” Garvey said. “This is an abuse of our mutual aid agreement.”

By Antonio Olivo
June 1, 2020 at 10:17 PM EDT

After Detroit protest ends peacefully, mayor phones 16-year-old leader

A Detroit rally outside of police headquarters dispersed at 9 p.m., with mayor Mike Duggan (D) calling a young protester to congratulate him on the peaceful march.

Stefan Perez, 16, looked shocked to be speaking to the mayor and thanked him for the call, according to a live video feed from a Detroit Free Press reporter.

“People are following me, and it’s a battle today, and we came out,” Perez told reporters afterward, saying he would continue to lead peaceful marches through the city.

A large crowd of protesters initially disregarded the 8 p.m. curfew Monday but did not clash with police like they did Sunday, when tear gas and rubber bullets were fired.

By Eva Dou
June 1, 2020 at 10:16 PM EDT

Forensic pathologist interprets medical examiner’s report of Floyd’s death

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s report says George Floyd “stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating because of the injury caused by his restraint,” said Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in the San Francisco bay area.

Video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd suggests that “there is sufficient pressure on the side of the neck to obstruct the jugular veins and back up blood into the head," Melinek said.

A county charging document released Friday said that there was a lack of support for strangulation and that “the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.” That was the language of attorneys, not medical examiners, Melinek said. Monday’s autopsy does not exclude the possibility of asphyxia -- that is, lack of oxygen -- from neck compression.

Monday’s autopsy report also mentioned that Floyd had heart disease, and listed fentanyl intoxication and “recent methamphetamine use” as significant conditions.

“The presence of drugs and heart disease in Mr. Floyd does not excuse the officers, nor does it blame the victim,” Melinek said. “It is there on the death certificate because those findings, in the opinion of the medical examiner, would have made his death more likely.”

Floyd’s family hired doctors Allecia Wilson and Michael Baden to perform a second autopsy. They also determined that his death was a homicide, caused by “asphyxiation from sustained pressure,” attorneys for the family announced earlier Monday.

Melinek said second autopsies must rely on less physical evidence, which might explain the difference between a private report and a county examiner’s.

An autopsy can’t always offer a total explanation, she said.

“There are several ways to kill people without causing devastating injury to the internal organs,” Melinek said. “Asphyxia from neck and chest compression is one of those ways.”

By Ben Guarino
June 1, 2020 at 10:11 PM EDT

Two generations of activists come together in Tallahassee

For the fourth day, an emotional crowd of protesters gathered in front of Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to demand justice for George Floyd.

“I can’t breathe!” they chanted in unison. “Get your knee off my neck!” others yelled, following the lead of the oldest protester in the group, 54-year-old community activist Stanley Sims.

Gripping his cane, Sims encouraged the millennial crowd, which had dwindled significantly compared to prior days, to keep showing up. “This is so important,” he told them, before kneeling on the ground with his hands behind his back, reenacting the final moments of Floyd’s life on the Capitol grounds.

Javier Sykes, 21, said nothing will stop him from showing up. “They didn’t give up in the ’60s,” Sykes said, cradling a bandaged hand burned early Monday morning by what he presumed was a molotov cocktail.

“I’ve been out here protecting people. Now I’m getting attacked,” he said.

After kneeling under the sweltering midday sun as part of a silent group demonstration before the Capitol, several white people accompanied him as he walked toward his car.

“I have to be escorted to my car because I don’t feel safe walking,” he said, fearing he may continue to be targeted because of his leadership in the protests.

By Teresa Tomassoni
June 1, 2020 at 10:00 PM EDT

FBI charges Illinois man with rioting in Minneapolis

An Illinois man has been arrested on federal charges of crossing state lines to riot and possessing an unregistered destructive device, after he allegedly posted video to social media of himself handing out what he called “bombs” to protesters in Minneapolis.

Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Ill., was arrested early Sunday in Chicago for violating the curfew there.

The federal charges announced Monday come as Attorney General William P. Barr has blamed “outside radicals and agitators” for much of the violence in the protests, saying they are “exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.”

Barr has ordered FBI joint terrorism task forces around the country to investigate and pursue such suspects.

Read more here.

By Devlin Barrett
June 1, 2020 at 9:46 PM EDT

New York braces for another night of looting

The sound of buzz saws and hammers filled the streets of New York’s SoHo neighborhood on Monday, as workers hustled to board up windows in the upscale area.

By dusk, members of the Guardian Angels Safety Patrol, sporting red bowling-style jackets emblazoned with their group’s name, had gathered in anticipation of a long night ahead. On Sunday, looters had come through, breaking windows and stealing merchandise.

“We’re trying to see if we can help deter a lot of stuff,” said Jose Gonzalez, 44, who’s been with the Guardian Angels for more than two decades. Gonzalez has kept watch over the city in other tense times, like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

But he can’t remember anything quite like this.

“I expect more for New Yorkers,” he said. “We’re just hoping and praying that it’s going to be a peaceful night compared to last night.”

Nearby, looters poured in and out of a Zumiez apparel store on Broadway, one block south of Union Square. Some carried so much stuff that items spilled from their arms as they sprinted.

“We want peace — don’t escalate things!” a man yelled in the direction of the looters. He was ignored.

Police in riot gear arrived at the store about 9 p.m., but it did little to deter the flow of foot traffic.

The city will face its first curfew in recent memory tonight at 11.

By Kayla B. Ruble and Shayna Jacobs
June 1, 2020 at 9:32 PM EDT

Protesters in St. Louis say ‘it’s time for everyone to get together'

Local hip-hop and reggae musician Rashid Bushido is tired of hearing about “all the black-on-black killings."

“It’s about time for a change,” said Bushido, who is black. "It’s time for everyone to get together; it’s not a black or white thing.”

Bushido was among more than 1,000 protesters who marched to St. Louis City Hall. Monday night.

This was a calm gathering, where people chanted and then stood quietly around organizers with megaphones. Dexter Peebles, a black drag dancer who grew up in Ferguson, brought 10 friends who were “a little timid to come out."

“It’s not all scary, like media says,” he said. "A lot of it is powerful and beautiful.”

A little after 7 p.m., organizers called an end to the gathering and most protesters dispersed throughout downtown St. Louis. About a dozen people approached two St. Louis police officers standing outside an SUV and started yelling.

After a few minutes, the officers got in their car and drove away. A couple hundred protesters gathered outside a monument dedicated to St. Louis firefighters and chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

By Eric Berger
June 1, 2020 at 9:19 PM EDT

Peaceful D.C. protesters stand up to those who fall ‘out of line’

More than 100 protesters walked downtown, then up 14th Street NW, twice kneeling together. The diverse group, made up mostly of young people, urged their fellow protesters to stay away from police and yelled at one young man who threw a water bottle at police to go home.

“We are here for justice,” a young black man shouted as others knelt. “We ain’t here for no injustice. Say his name!”

“George Floyd!” the crowd roared.

“This is really amazing,” one young woman said, her left first raised as she watched her fellow protesters march through Thomas Circle, nearly two hours after curfew.

The diverse crowd was filled mostly with young people. They knelt again at 14th and N streets NW, shouting for justice.

“I think I finally broke my shoes in,” 24-year-old Andrew Burch, who had been marching for three hours, told his friend.

Burch, who is white, said that he planned to continue marching and that he wanted people to understand how focused protesters are on keeping the peace.

“Whenever anyone gets out of line, 10 people go around them,” he said. “It’s really about community.”

By Rachel Chason
June 1, 2020 at 9:17 PM EDT

Denver police chief speaks to protesters, takes questions from the crowd

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen stepped in front of a diverse crowd of protesters to offer a hopeful message:

“This is the first step to make sure these tragedies don’t happen in the future,” he said.

Protesters handed a megaphone back and forth to ask Pazen questions. “Make sure you use hand sanitizer!” yelled a marcher.

They asked him how he felt when his officers scuffled with protesters at demonstrations on previous nights, using pepper projectiles and tear gas to clear crowds.

“We need to bring the temperature down,” said Pazen, who was named chief of police by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) in 2018. “ We need to unite.”

Nearby, clouds of marijuana smoke lingered in the air and reggae music blared as hundreds of people settled in on the concrete steps under the Colorado State Capitol. The crowd relaxed after marching past patrons sipping beer at recently reopened restaurants and boarded-up buildings on the city’s 16th Street Mall.

Standing in front of the graffiti-covered capitol on a closed street bordering Civic Center Park, where volunteers spent the morning cleaning up after Sunday night’s protests, Ayo Ayodele, 34, said he came out to march to encourage long-term policy changes.

“I’m concerned about systemic issues — this isn’t a one-off offense,” said the Nigerian-born asset manager, who is preparing to become a U.S. citizen in November.

Ayodele recounted how he and several Nigerian friends were pulled over in Chicago when he attended college at the Illinois Institute of Technology for broken taillights. “They came up to the car with guns drawn,” he recounted. “It wasn’t until years later when I started to see incidents like this on television that I realized how institutionalized it is.”

By Jennifer Oldham
June 1, 2020 at 9:15 PM EDT

Trump’s promise to protect Second Amendment draws ire of gun-control activists

President Trump on Monday night said he was “dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” into the streets of cities across the United States to quell protests and violence and to protect Americans — naming specifically their Second Amendment rights.

“I am mobilizing all available federal resources — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights,” Trump said from the Rose Garden outside the White House, as police used gas and projectiles to disperse peaceful protesters nearby.

The invocation of the Second Amendment quickly drew the attention of activists and analysts who suggested the comment served as a dog whistle to supporters to employ violence.

The president’s critics have regularly flagged the contrast between the often conciliatory language he uses toward white conservatives involved in displays of violence or protest and the calls for retaliation he makes when minorities and liberals are involved.

“Let’s be clear: Trump mentioning ‘Second Amendment rights’ while discussing the protests is a direct call to arms to the right wing radicals and other armed individuals who have integrated themselves with peaceful protesters,” tweeted Igor Volsky, the executive director of Guns Down America, which advocates for fewer firearms. “He is asking for violence from his base.”

“Trump just invoked the Second Amendment. As if that was part of this. Pretty much a signal for jumpy white people to walk around with guns,” tweeted Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Others suggested Trump, or his supporters, were hypocrites.

“Where are the Second Amendment zealots who claim to worry about an overzeaolous federal government when Trump is threatening to send the military to attack and subdue American citizens on American soil?” tweeted Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

“Trump invoked the need to defend the Second Amendment and then walked outside and violated the First Amendment,” tweeted Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration.

By Abigail Hauslohner
June 1, 2020 at 9:11 PM EDT

Justice Dept. sends all law enforcement components to ‘assist in the restoration of order’ in D.C.

The Justice Department on Monday deployed all of its law enforcement components to “assist in the restoration of order to the District of Columbia” — a highly unusual move, as many federal law enforcement officials are far removed from such work.

In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons would all assist in the effort. She said they were “closely coordinating with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to maximize federal security presence throughout the District.”

“The Department is working hand-in-hand with the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police, the Federal Protective Service, the U.S. Secret Service and the D.C. National Guard,” Kupec said.

The move represents another escalation of the federal response to the unrest, particularly in the District.

Earlier Monday, a senior Justice Department official said Attorney General William P. Barr had directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to send riot teams to Miami and Washington and had activated the FBI’s hostage rescue team in Washington. The official said all of the FBI’s field offices were helping respond to protests, but in an investigative role. As local police make arrests, the official said, the FBI will interview those in custody and assess if any federal crimes have been committed.

By Matt Zapotosky
June 1, 2020 at 9:04 PM EDT

Illinois governor sends National Guard to nine counties

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an emergency declaration late Monday for nine counties that have experienced looting — Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Macon, Madison, Sangamon and Will — and he is sending in 250 National Guard troops and 300 state troopers.

All coronavirus testing sites in Illinois are closed indefinitely to protect staff members.

“We cannot allow those who have taken advantage of this moment to loot and smash to also steal the voices of those peacefully expressing a need for real, meaningful change,” said Pritzker (D). “This anger doesn’t come out of nowhere — it’s born of decades and centuries of systemic racism and injustice. That’s what all of us have to recognize, and that’s where our work begins.”

The troops are in addition to the 375 National Guard members he sent early Sunday to protect the perimeter of Chicago’s central business district, which looters ravaged on Saturday.

Some local officials say the additional resources are not enough to protect Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods on the South and West sides. Alderman Anthony Beale is demanding that Pritzker send 3,000 troops to Chicago and that Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s public curfew be moved up an hour to 8 p.m.

Beale said he and a small group of Chicago police officers guarded a Walmart in his ward all night from looters. “I observed pure chaos,” he said.

He is blasting Lightfoot for requesting National Guard troops only to secure the downtown district while leaving neighborhood storefronts vulnerable.

Nearly 700 people were arrested Sunday after looting in Chicago. Sixty-four guns were recovered. Between Friday and Sunday, the city’s 911 dispatch center received 10,000 calls about looting.

By Mark Guarino
June 1, 2020 at 8:52 PM EDT

Washington, D.C. bishop: ‘I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s'

After President Trump gave a White House Rose Garden address in which he threatened to deploy federal troops, he walked over to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House that was set on fire Sunday.

The president appeared to be using the church for a photo opportunity, standing in front of the church's sign holding up a Bible for several seconds. A reporter asked him if it was his Bible and he said, “It's a Bible."

“We have a great country,” he said. “That's my thoughts. Greatest country in the world."

Before his visit, law enforcement cleared protesters out of the area with tear gas.

The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, said she learned of Trump's visit by watching it on the news.

“I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s,” Budde said.

“I am outraged,” she said, with pauses emphasizing her anger as her voice slightly trembled. “I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, holding a Bible, one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence."

Before being elected as bishop in D.C., Budde spent 18 years in Minneapolis as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She said the church disassociates itself from the messages of the president. “We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so so grounding to our lives and everything we do and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice,” she said.

Budde said the Episcopal Church had about a dozen clergy at the church and Lafayette Square all day to support protesters and left when the curfew was called.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein
June 1, 2020 at 8:48 PM EDT

Volunteer medic improvises for people injured in Minneapolis protests

At the governor’s mansion in Saint Paul, Minn., following a protest Monday night, volunteer medic Jae Stanberry stood outside a beat-up Chevy van with crosses taped to the window.

An EMT in her professional life, Stanberry has been helping out “because the world is hurting,” she said. “When there is hurting, you want to help, and you want to help make a change. Basically, I am here to protect the city and help anyone who needs it.”

All week, Stanberry has been taking shifts treating minor wounds. For rubber-bullet injuries, they refer people to a hospital for expert care. At times, she said, it’s been quite scary.

For example, on Saturday night in front of Shiloh Church and the NAACP in north Minneapolis, men guarding the church were beaten up by another group because the second group thought they were white supremacists. They weren’t.

“Thankfully, the injuries were minor,” Stanberry said. “One has a gashed lip.” She is also worried about concussion signs, and the other is emotionally shaken.

She was shaken herself. “I know what I signed up for, and we are in a tougher part of Minneapolis,” she said.

At the same time, she said, the governor’s statements blaming outside agitators for the unrest didn’t help quell tensions.

“I do strongly feel that it has had some unfortunate consequences,” she said.

By Sheila Regan
June 1, 2020 at 8:47 PM EDT

Democrats assail Trump’s threat to deploy military as ‘un-American,’ ‘fascist’

President Trump’s Rose Garden remarks Monday night triggered a firestorm of criticism from congressional Democrats, several of whom denounced his threat to deploy the military domestically as the behavior of a would-be authoritarian leader.

“It is un-American to use our service members to ‘dominate’ civilians, as both the President and Secretary of Defense have suggested,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in a statement. “We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) decried Trump’s Rose Garden remarks as “fascist,” while Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) tweeted that Trump had “just declared war on millions of Americans and the 1st Amendment."

“He is the greatest threat to the American way of life in our history,” Yarmuth said.

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) noted that Trump’s actions Monday stood in contrast to those of another president who previously deployed federal troops domestically.

“In 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower invoked the Insurrection Act to combat segregation & protect civil rights,” Neguse tweeted. “Today, @realDonaldTrump did the opposite — deploying troops against citizens protesting for their civil rights. Vote. The fate of our republic depends on it.”

Many Democrats also assailed Trump’s decision to hold a photo opportunity outside St. John’s Episcopal Church after his remarks.

“How low can this president go? President Trump ordered federal authorities to fire tear gas at peaceful protesters so that he could hold a photo op to appear like a tough guy,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

Some Republicans, however, praised Trump for making what they described as a show of strength.

“Security moms thank @realDonaldTrump for standing against rioters, looters and evil that would destroy our cities,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) tweeted.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) praised Trump’s “#LEADERSHIP,” while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took issue with the media’s coverage of the protests near the White House.

In a tweet, Rubio described the protest as “another dangerous situation” in front of the White House — even though the demonstration was progressing peacefully.

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 8:25 PM EDT

Friend of man who drove a truck into Minneapolis protesters speaks out

When Lonnie McQuirter, owner of a beloved gas station in south Minneapolis, saw the clip of protesters banging on a tanker truck and throwing rocks, his heart sank.

He recognized the driver immediately as one of his fuel delivery truckers. McQuirter had called in a favor to get gas delivered to his 15-year-old shop, 36 Lyn Refuel Station, known for its low gas prices and commitment to local products. 36 Lyn has remained open thanks to neighbors standing guard through the recent tumultuous nights. After seeing the number of people out the first night via security cameras, McQuirter joined them, leaving only to take naps during the day.

On Sunday, driver Bogdan Vechirko delivered two loads of gas to 36 Lyn at McQuirter’s request. Vechirko has been a consistent driver to 36 Lyn during the covid-19 pandemic, McQuirter said. Then, he ended up on an I-35W bridge where a protest was taking place.

“He’s a first-generation American family who moved here for a better life — he’s a hard-working individual,” McQuirter said. “When he left I told him to be safe and get home safely to his family ... But I feel in some ways responsible that it was because of me trying to help my customers that [this happened] and his name and reputation have been ruined.”

McQuirter said he has known Vechirko to be professional and courteous — to the point of helping McQuirter move cars that have stalled.

The truck was empty but speeding at around 70 mph when the driver saw the protest, panicked and hit the brakes, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at a news conference Monday.

“We don’t have any information that makes this seem like this was an intentional act,” Harrington said, noting that he’s still surprised no one was hurt. “We got lucky or there was something miraculous happening there.”

By Sheila Mulrooney Eldred
June 1, 2020 at 8:22 PM EDT

A diverse group of St. Louis protesters circles Gateway Arch, calls for an end to white supremacy

Jenn DeRose had rolled her bike to the protests after the 2014 police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

She had rolled her slightly more beat-up bike to the protests after the 2017 acquittal of St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the killing of another black man.

On Monday evening, she rolled her bike — which she now describes as a monster, bearing a milk crate and a sign that said “End White Supremacy” — downhill along with thousands of other protesters heading to the Gateway Arch monument in downtown St. Louis. It’s the same site as St. Louis’s Old Courthouse, where the first trial of the Dred Scott case was heard before the Civil War.

“I’m tired, and everything is terrible and on fire, and it needs to burn down until we can build something new,” said DeRose, who works for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

DeRose, who is white, was among a diverse crowd that gathered near the historical monument for the protest, which included the chants of “No justice, no peace!” that have echoed across the country in recent days.

Once protesters had walked down to the lawn surrounding the arch, they formed a circle around organizers carrying megaphones.

Sarah Jensen was wearing her lab coat at the protest. She is a dermatologist who lives in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, part of the district of Rep. Ann Wagner, a Republican. Jensen participated in a “Witnessing Whiteness” book club with a teacher at her children’s private school and realized “how narrow my world was,” she said.

“This is the first time I have been down” to a protest since George Floyd died, said Jensen, a mother of three. “It took me a while to get out of my own bubble, to get out of my own comfort zone.”

By Eric Berger
June 1, 2020 at 8:19 PM EDT

‘It’s up to people who have privilege in this country to stand up’

As dark clouds massed over the Rocky Mountains, Denver police in white SUVs, lights flashing, raced to keep pace with hundreds of protesters. The officers stayed in their vehicles and blocked normally busy downtown streets to clear the way for marchers who chanted “Black lives matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Denver receptionist Ahbreena Reid strode tall, with Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Tamir Rice scrawled on her bare shoulders and torso in black ink above hastily drawn red handprints.

“Enough is enough,” said Reid, 20, who is half Barbadian and half American. “My brothers have been racially profiled. I’ve been racially profiled. We need to redesign police training.”

Reid and Edna Curtis, 20, her friend since middle school and a linguistics major at the University of Colorado, came out on the fifth night of protests that have convulsed the Mile High City. They marched past police in SWAT gear stationed behind chain-link barricades.

“I’m here because it’s up to people who have privilege in this country to stand up,” said Curtis, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Bosnia. “How is it that the color of somebody’s skin that they don’t dictate used to discriminate against them?”

By Jennifer Oldham
June 1, 2020 at 8:14 PM EDT

Insurrection Act allows president to deploy active-duty military to quell domestic unrest

The Trump administration is significantly expanding the military response to unrest in Washington, sending more national guardsmen to the streets of the capital Monday night and keeping active-duty forces on alert nearby if needed, defense officials said.

The response has included discussions about whether the administration should invoke the Insurrection Act, which permits President Trump to deploy active-duty forces to quell domestic unrest. The hope and expectation is that the active-duty Army will not be needed, said a senior defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Senior defense officials said the District of Columbia National Guard has been fully activated to respond to the unrest that is continuing a week after the death of George Floyd in police custody last week in Minneapolis. In addition to those approximately 1,200 troops, up to 800 additional National Guard members from five other states also will be sent to the nation’s capital, the officials said.

In a conference call with governors on Monday, Trump predicted a strong military response in Washington, where businesses have been looted, cars have been burned and national monuments have been defaced in the last few days.

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By Missy Ryan and Dan Lamothe
June 1, 2020 at 7:57 PM EDT

Some governors denounce Trump’s threat to send federal troops to states

Several governors responded to Trump’s Rose Garden remarks Monday night by denouncing the president’s threat to call up active-duty troops if states don’t quell violence amid the recent protests.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), who clashed with Trump in a phone call earlier Monday, said on CNN that he couldn't imagine any governor would request federal troops.

“I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said.

In a tweet, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) denounced Trump for “calling out the American military against American citizens."

Cuomo also sharply criticized the clearing out of peaceful protesters from the streets near the White House so that Trump could hold a photo opportunity.

“I have seen a lot of things, but I was shocked at what they did,” Cuomo said on CNN. “I was shocked at the force they used to move the protesters, who could not have been more peaceful."

“Calling out the American military for a photo opportunity. … It was shameful. It was really, truly shameful,” he added.

By Felicia Sonmez and Meryl Kornfield
June 1, 2020 at 7:40 PM EDT

Trump poses for photos with Bible in front of church after protesters pushed out of area

Shortly after mounted police forced protesters away from Lafayette Square, President Trump walked through the park and spoke briefly to the news media in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church along H Street.

Protesters gathered in front of the historic church on Sunday night, ripped an American flag from its exterior, and then set fire to a basement office. Fire officials said the damage was minimal, and no damage could be seen from the outside. Fires were also set on H Street and to the bathroom building in the park, across from the church.

Protesters were back on Monday evening, but were swept away by police using flash-bang explosives, pepper spray pellets and tear gas, while Trump spoke to the nation from the Rose Garden.

When the area around the church was cleared, Trump and a large group of people, most of them not wearing masks, walked through Lafayette Square to the church.

Trump, holding a Bible, spoke very briefly on H Street, posed for photos with Attorney General Bill Barr and others, and then walked back to the White House.

By Tom Jackman
June 1, 2020 at 7:24 PM EDT

Trump threatens to deploy military if states and cities don’t quell violence

President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy federal troops if state and city leaders do not act to quell acts of violence and looting amid the protests over the death of George Floyd.

In a hastily arranged Rose Garden address, Trump said he is “taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.”

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said.

Presidents generally cannot use the military for domestic law enforcement. But the Insurrection Act of 1807 allows the president to use federal troops to put down lawlessness during emergencies. The act was most recently used in 1992 amid unrest in Los Angeles after the police beating of Rodney King.

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 7:11 PM EDT

Curfew in Davenport, Iowa, after two are fatally shot and police officer is injured

Two people died and two others were injured Davenport, Iowa, amid violent disruptions — including as many as 20 calls about shots being fired — that began Sunday night and spilled into the early morning hours. A police officer was among those injured and is recovering, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said Monday.

The two deaths occurred in separate incidents northwest of downtown Davenport roughly three miles apart. One person was fatally shot outside a Walmart on West Kimberly Road and the other was shot near the 1100 block of West 15th Street, Sikorski said. Police are investigating both incidents as homicides. The Davenport Police Department did not immediately respond to calls for additional details about the fatal shootings.

Sikorski said a third person, a Davenport police officer, was shot in what he described as an alleyway ambush in the 1100 block of West 15th Street around 3 a.m.

“[In] that incident, there were three police officers in a vehicle. They were in motion in the vehicle when they were ambushed and fired upon,” Sikorski said. “The vehicle was fired upon and hit several times by rounds, injuring one.”

Sikorski said the one of the officers returned fire, but it was not clear whether the officer struck someone. He said two officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard protocol when an officer fires their weapon at someone.

Details of the other nonfatal injury were not immediately clear.

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson and Scott County officials said a curfew would be in place from 9 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday, with exemptions for government officials, news media and people reporting to work.

Sikorski described the perpetrators of Sunday’s chaos as “rioters” and said he believed them to be “loosely organized.”

Matson said the community and the nation were hurting and encouraged residents to be vigilant and peaceful.

“Damage and bodily harm do not promote justice,” Matson said.

By Kim Bellware
June 1, 2020 at 7:08 PM EDT

Official medical examiner’s report says George Floyd died by homicide

County medical examiners officially ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide in a post-mortem report released Monday evening.

On May 25, Floyd “experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained” by law enforcement, said the report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. The cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

He died at 9:25 p.m.

A preliminary autopsy released Friday by the county ruled out strangulation and said “the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

The new report mentioned Floyd had heart disease. It also noted fentanyl intoxication and “recent methamphetamine use” as significant conditions, but the report did not describe them as contributors. The county did not immediately respond to a request for comment explaining the update.

Floyd’s family also commissioned an independent autopsy. That determined the cause of his death was “asphyxiation from sustained pressure,” attorneys for the family announced earlier on Monday.

By Ben Guarino
June 1, 2020 at 7:06 PM EDT

Police use flash bangs to sweep protesters away from White House before Trump speaks

Moments before President Trump began speaking at the White House about the need to crush protests that he said were not peaceful, police fired flash-bang shells which exploded in the middle of a crowd of protesters outside Lafayette Square, and then mounted police pushed through H Street and forced protesters two blocks from the park.

With 20 minutes left before a 7 p.m. curfew, authorities set off a series of explosions in the middle of the crowd, some landing right at protesters’ feet.

Members of the National Guard moved up while police squeezed inward, forcing protesters down 16th Street, toward Eye Street. Members of the Guard aimed their guns directly at some protesters on top of the bathroom building.

At least one protester was hit and stumbled onto the street. As officials moved the crowd further down 16th, some yelled “walk! walk!” in attempts to avoid a stampede. In brief moments of calm, some tried to take a knee.

By Rebecca Tan
June 1, 2020 at 7:03 PM EDT

Louisville mayor fires police chief after killing of local barbecue vendor

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) said Monday he has fired Police Chief Steve Conrad, after the police-involved killing of a local restaurateur overnight Monday.

David McAtee, the owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant, was shot and killed amid what Louisville officials said was an exchange of gunfire near an intersection after midnight Monday.

Fischer said multiple investigations are underway into McAtee’s killing, and that he fired the city’s police chief upon learning that the police officers involved in the shooting had not activated their body cameras.

“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said during a Monday afternoon news conference. Deputy police chief Robert Schroeder would assume duty as interim chief, he added.

In a soundless police surveillance video released by the mayor’s office, police officers and national guardsmen are seen, from a distance, arriving at the edge of a grocery store’s parking lot, and then dispersing pedestrians and cars from the lot. Officials said the police were enforcing the mayor’s dusk-to-dawn curfew, in response to protests and riots that have convulsed the city, like many others in recent days.

Schroeder said two Louisville police officers and two National Guardsmen fired their guns in response to shots fired, and that the two police officers have been placed on leave, pending the outcome of the city’s investigation.

An audio recording of police radio communications, also released by the mayor’s office, conveys the voices of multiple police officers and dispatchers reporting “shots fired” at the grocery store’s intersection at about a quarter past midnight.

McAtee’s family told local media Monday that he regularly provided free meals to police officers and residents of Louisville’s California neighborhood, where he ran his barbecue shop next to Dino’s Food Mart. Schroeder described him as “a good friend” to many.

His death comes two months after Louisville police officers shot and killed another black resident, Breonna Taylor, 26, as she slept in her bed, after the officers burst into the home to execute what city officials call a “no-knock” warrant.

By Abigail Hauslohner
June 1, 2020 at 6:41 PM EDT

Fort Lauderdale police officer who pushed black protester to the ground is put on leave

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police officer who shoved a black woman to the ground has been “relieved of duty” pending an administrative review, according to the police department. The woman was kneeling in front of him during a protest.

The action comes after video footage of the incident was circulated on social media.

Steven Pohorence, who is white, has been with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department since October 2016, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post Monday.

Video of the confrontation was captured during a demonstration Sunday night. In it, Pohorence is seen engaging in a shouting match with protesters. At one point, he turns around to face a woman wearing a face covering who was kneeling on the ground with her arms raised.

Pohorence swiftly palms the right side of her face and shoves her to the pavement.

The group around him grows enraged, hurling water bottles and other objects at Pohorence as he’s quickly escorted away from the scene by another officer.

— Michael Majchrowicz

June 1, 2020 at 6:38 PM EDT

Peaceful protest in Philadelphia escalates after demonstrators overtake highway, police fire tear gas

What started out as a peaceful protest Monday in Philadelphia, with police officers and demonstrators kneeling together in front of City Hall, escalated after demonstrators rushed onto Interstate 676 and officers attempted to arrest them.

Hundreds of protesters with signs gathered at City Hall on Monday to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In a heartfelt moment, at least two police officers were filmed kneeling with protesters, prompting gratitude from the crowd.

“We love you,” some protesters told the officers.

But the adoration wasn’t lasting. Within two hours, protesters had marched to Interstate 676. Soon before the city’s 6 p.m. curfew, protesters jumped an iron gate, got onto the highway and shut down traffic in both directions.

Drivers who agreed with the protesters’ message stood by their cars, joining a chant of “Black lives matter!”

Local police, state police and the National Guard then launched sound bombs and tear gas at the group, causing protesters to scatter, many stampeding toward a grassy slope on one side of the highway. An officer standing on an armored vehicle pointed what looked like a rifle, presumably with rubber bullets, at a crowd of running protesters.

Josh Clements, a protester who was hit by tear gas, told The Washington Post that he doesn’t plan to obey the curfew.

“I’m just recovering from that,” Clements said of the gas. “Then I’m ready to keep going.”

Police detained what appeared to be about 30 protesters during the episode. Philadelphia police said 429 people had been arrested since noon Saturday on charges including rioting, breaking curfew and looting.

By Meryl Kornfield and Maura Ewing
June 1, 2020 at 6:33 PM EDT

Schumer calls for McConnell to introduce law enforcement reform bill before July 4

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday called on Republicans to bring a law enforcement reform bill to the Senate floor before July 4, calling for the chamber to “lead on these issues rather than aggravate the problem.”

Schumer sharply criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for pressing ahead with the confirmation of judicial nominees — many of whom, Schumer argued, “will become part of the very problem we’re now discussing: a justice system that doesn’t work for everyone. A biased system.”

The New York Democrat also took aim at President Trump, suggesting that the president's refusal to deliver an address in the wake of Floyd's killing shows that he is "unwilling even to speak to the nation about racial justice."

“The president’s policies have worsened racial divisions in our country. His rhetoric has consistently inflamed them. Either the president is too afraid to lead or is simply incapable,” Schumer said.

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 6:25 PM EDT

Jersey City mayor marches with protesters for police reform

Shortly after 1 p.m., the Rev. Keion Jackson, 22, led a mile-long march of 300 protesters through Jersey City’s Greenville neighborhood.

“We come in peace!” he said.

It was the city’s first protest since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week. Protesters walked from Berry Lane Park to the police department’s Greenville Precinct. When the group reached the station, a line of officers wearing helmets and holding shields stood behind a metal barricade. Others stood on the steps in uniform but without protective gear. One signaled to Jackson, 22, to step behind the barricade to address the crowd.

Jackson asked the crowd to remember that they were seeking justice for those “who have been lynched by folks in blue.” He added: “We are committed to seeking justice, but we have to do so in a peaceful manner. Why? Because we can’t be like them.”

Mayor Steven Fulop was among the marchers. He reached out to organizers over the weekend to offer resources including assisting with traffic control.

"We don’t see eye to eye on everything,” said James Shea, the city’s public safety director. “But there’s never a time when they can’t come speak to us or when we won’t support their right to express their viewpoint even if we disagree with them.”

— Kevin Armstrong

June 1, 2020 at 6:01 PM EDT

Store owner regrets that employee called 911 on George Floyd

Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, who owns the Cup Foods store in South Minneapolis, expressed remorse that an employee called police last week on George Floyd.

“I regret [the police] being called, and I wish they would never have been called,” Abumayyaleh told the news website TheGrio on Monday.

One of Abumayyaleh’s employees suspected that Floyd paid for cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. That worker called the police, a decision Abumayyaleh said was in compliance with state policy. Abumayyaleh wrote on Facebook that it was possible that Floyd was unaware the bill was fake.

The site outside Cup Foods where Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — who has since been fired and charged — knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes has become a memorial. A mural painted on one of the store’s brick walls features Floyd and the words “I can breathe now.”

“We are deeply saddened and outraged by what happened to George Floyd in front of our store,” Abumayyaleh wrote in the Facebook post. “We support this protest and share in their anger.” The Cup Foods owner said he would donate to Floyd’s memorial service.

By Ben Guarino
June 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM EDT

Omaha bar owner who killed black protester won’t be charged, prosecutor says

A white local business owner who shot and killed a 22-year old black protester in Omaha on Saturday won’t be charged because he was acting in self-defense, the country prosecutor announced Monday.

Cellphone and surveillance videos compiled by investigators showed that James Scurlock was killed during a struggle with Jake Gardner, who owns The Hive and The Gatsby bars, after Gardner was tackled by Scurlock and others, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said during a news briefing.

Showing some of the videos, Kleine called the shooting “senseless” but said Gardner was defending himself because he feared Scurlock was going to injure or kill him.

“This individual, when he gave his statement, his version was, ‘I thought I had to do this because I thought I was going to get hurt or killed,’” Kleine said of Gardner. “That’s the question then: Is it justifiable use for force?”

Kleine said the encounter began when Gardner’s 68-year-old father was shoved and Gardner approached the group Scurlock was in, demanding to find out who pushed his father. Kleine added he doesn’t believe Gardner was targeting Scurlock because of his race.

“It might have been heated conversations but there was never any racial tone to the conversations,” Kleine said of the audio gathered from the shooting scene.

Gardner’s inflammatory remarks about transgender women have previously made local headlines.

Following the news that Gardner wasn’t charged, Scurlock’s family announced that they wanted a grand jury invoked.

“What I want is justice, not a quick answer and this is a quick answer,” James Scurlock’s father, who shares the same name, told reporters in a news conference following Kleine’s briefing.

By Meryl Kornfield
June 1, 2020 at 5:45 PM EDT

New York City-area lawyers charged in molotov cocktail attack on police van

NEW YORK — A federal judge in Brooklyn set bail Monday for two local lawyers charged in a molotov cocktail attack on a police van as prosecutors said the pair tried to arm other protesters with the makeshift incendiary devices.

Bond was set at $250,000 apiece for the lawyers, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, and home detention was ordered, but prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York are appealing the magistrate judge’s bail decision, saying Mattis and Rahman are dangers to the community. The two are among the hundreds who have been arrested in the city during the ongoing and often-violent protests over the Minneapolis death of George Floyd in police custody and other such incidents.

According to court papers, NYPD officers caught Mattis and Rahman trying to flee after setting the marked police van ablaze early Saturday. The documents state that the two had toilet paper, a Bud Light can and “a liquid suspected to be gasoline in the vicinity of the passenger seat and a gasoline tank” in the back of the 2015 Chrysler minivan they were driving, which was registered in Mattis’s name.

Rahman, who is alleged to have thrown the homemade device, tried to hand out explosive materials to others “so that those individuals could likewise use the incendiary devices in furtherance of more destruction and violence,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

An appeal on the bail decision was expected to be heard Monday.

Another woman, Samantha Shader, was ordered held without bail by the judge.

Shader is alleged to have thrown a molotov cocktail into an occupied police van late Friday in Crown Heights. Officials say the woman, from Upstate New York, was caught on video throwing the device and admitted to the crime.

By Shayna Jacobs
June 1, 2020 at 5:05 PM EDT

Chauvin to make first court appearance next week

Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer who used his knee to pin George Floyd’s neck to the ground, will have his first court appearance on June 8, according to Hennepin County District Court filings.

Chauvin, who is white, faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a black man whom he pinned to the pavement for nearly nine minutes, including for three minutes after Floyd lost consciousness.

A preliminary report from the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office found that “the combined effects” of the police’s actions, underlying health conditions and potential drugs or alcohol in Floyd’s system “likely contributed” to his death.

An independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family and released Monday determined that his death was caused by “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired following the incident.

By Abigail Hauslohner and Julie Tate
June 1, 2020 at 5:03 PM EDT

Some D.C. officers take a knee with protesters outside Trump hotel

A group of hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Washington on Monday afternoon, chanting “Black Lives Matter!” and slogans denouncing President Trump as they approached his hotel at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

D.C. police officers on bicycles raced to the scene and positioned themselves in front of the Trump International Hotel. Protesters pressed up against a barrier, knelt down and yelled to police: “Kneel with us! Kneel with us!”

A female African American officer who identified herself only as Officer Brown looked straight at the protesters, gripping her bicycle. When she took a knee, the crowd erupted in cheers. Within minutes, a row of at least three other officers — white and black — had knelt several yards away from her.

Attention then turned to the more than a dozen other officers. “Officer, do you agree with us?” asked Leo West, a 20 year old college student from Takoma Park wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask.

Suddenly the officer, an African American whose uniform gave his name as P.D. Harris, briefly sank to his knee. “You’re a good man, Officer,” West shouted. “All of you can do it. Be like Officer Harris.”

Half a dozen more officers sank to their knee as well.

But by now, Officer Harris was on his feet. “Do it again,” urged Edward Dana, a 24 year old University of D.C. student and employee of the department of disability services. When Harris refused, Dana became upset.

Suddenly another protester he’d met just a few hours earlier intervened. “Let’s be cool,” said 22-year-old Tony Norris. “This man still has a family to get back to,” said Norris, who is African American. “He’ll take a knee when he needs to.”

Harris gave a fist bump to a passing protester, and Dana left with the rest of the crowd.

Officer Harris declined to give his full name or to comment. “I think you understand,” he said, still standing in front of the Trump Hotel.

By Rebecca Tan and Michael Miller
June 1, 2020 at 4:55 PM EDT

Cuomo: New York City curfew set for Monday night

A curfew will take effect in New York City from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced Monday afternoon in a radio interview discussing the protests there over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The New York Police Department’s presence will also be doubled, putting 4,000 more officers on patrol, Cuomo said on Upstate New York’s WAMC radio station.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the citywide curfew a short time later, noting that it was “for everyone’s safety.”

The decision comes after several nights of rising tensions between protesters and police there and across the country. Dozens of large cities have set curfews, including Washington, Los Angeles and Miami. But de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea both had expressed hesitation over the effectiveness of such a measure.

During a news briefing Monday, de Blasio said a curfew was “not a silver bullet.” In an interview Monday with NBC’s “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie, Shea said a curfew would not address the escalating violence associated with the protests, which he has called “a mob.”

“If people think it will, they don’t understand what’s going on,” he told Guthrie.

By Meryl Kornfield
June 1, 2020 at 4:44 PM EDT

McConnell says the country ‘cannot deafen itself’ to the pain of black Americans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged the country to listen to black Americans’ calls for equal justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. But he also condemned the violence and destruction that has been seen in some cities in recent days.

“One nation cannot deafen itself to the anger, pain or frustration of black Americans,” McConnell said in Senate floor remarks Monday afternoon. “Our nation needs to hear this. Yet over the last several days, citizens have watched with horror as cities across America have convulsed with looting, riots and destruction. … You do not advance peace by committing assault. You do not advance justice by inflicting injustice upon your neighbors."

McConnell described the killings of Floyd and two other African Americans — Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville — as part of a pattern of events that have left Americans “grieved and horrified."

“To me, to a great many of my fellow Kentuckians, and to many outraged Americans, these disturbing events do not look like three isolated incidents,” McConnell said. “They look more like the latest chapter in our national struggle to make equal justice and equal protection of the law into facts of life for all Americans rather than contingencies that sometimes depend on the color of one’s skin.”

McConnell said he was pleased that investigations were underway in all of the deaths. Of the Floyd case, he added, “In no world whatsoever should arresting a man for an alleged minor infraction involve a police officer putting his knee on a man’s neck while he cries out ‘I can’t breathe’ and then goes silent.”

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 4:17 PM EDT

ViacomCBS cable channels will go dark to honor Floyd

MTV, Comedy Central and other ViacomCBS cable properties will go dark for eight minutes and 46 seconds at 5 p.m. on Monday to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The length of time was chosen because it is how long Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, according to a criminal complaint.

The move will preempt a number of shows, including “Ridiculousness” on MTV and “The Office” on Comedy Central.

Paramount Network, Pop, VH1, TV Land, CMT and Logo will also be among the networks going dark, according to Chris McCarthy, the executive who oversees the networks and is behind the move.

A PSA video is also being created by the conglomerate to support Black Lives Matter, a ViacomCBS spokeswoman said, and will be aired on both broadcast and online outlets.

By Steven Zeitchik
June 1, 2020 at 3:59 PM EDT

Family’s independent autopsy concludes asphyxia caused George Floyd’s death

An independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd’s family determined the cause of his death was “asphyxiation from sustained pressure,” attorneys for the family announced Monday.

No underlying medical conditions caused or contributed to Floyd’s death, medical examiner Michael Baden said at a news conference. He said Floyd did not respond to CPR or cardiac shock in the ambulance that transported him to the hospital.

The manner of death was homicide, the independent autopsy concluded.

The findings differed from the results of the preliminary autopsy from the Hennepin County medical examiner, which found no evidence of traumatic asphyxia — deprivation of oxygen — or strangulation. The medical examiner concluded that Floyd’s death was caused by “the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system.”

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyds, said at the news conference that Floyd died outside the corner store.

“The officers killed him based on a knee to his neck for almost nine minutes and two knees on his back, compressing his lungs,” Crump said. “The ambulance was his hearse.”

Antonio Romanucci, co-counsel for the family, added that the weight of the other officers, Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng, prevented blood from flowing into Floyd’s brain and air from entering his lungs.

Crump said Floyd’s family wants Chauvin’s murder charge to be upgraded to a first-degree count and the other two officers to be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Essentially, George died because he needed a breath,” Crump said.

By Marisa Iati and Kim Bellware
June 1, 2020 at 3:44 PM EDT

Protesters march through Dublin’s streets for second consecutive day

LONDON — Thousands of people took to the streets in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, again on Monday afternoon to express solidarity with protesters in the United States after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota a week ago.

The march came one day after hundreds gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin on Sunday while other cities across Europe followed suit. Over the weekend, crowds knelt outside the U.S. Embassy along the south bank of the River Thames in London chanting, “No justice, no peace,” while in the German capital, Berlin, an estimated 1,500 people marched to protest Floyd’s killing.

The protesters in Dublin on Monday congregated outside the General Post Office and at the Spire monument, holding handmade signs that read “Black lives matter” and “I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with you.”

The Irish Times estimated that more than 5,000 people had joined the march to condemn police brutality in the United States and racism worldwide.

Videos circulating on social media showed crowds chanting in unison, “What’s his name? George Floyd,” and “I can’t breathe” as protesters made their way along O’Connell Street and toward the U.S. Embassy.

“Racism is everywhere,” one person told RTE News, adding, “We’re sick of it now, so we’re here to protest, that’s it.”

Irish Times reporter Sorcha Pollak described Monday’s protest as one of the largest she had witnessed in the capital in recent years.

“It’s important that we have somewhere where we can express our anger and frustration at what’s going on in America and show our solidarity,” Dublin resident Anna Heverin told the Irish Independent, adding that Ireland has its own problem with racism.

While some video footage showed protesters congregating in close proximity, others seemingly tried to observe social distancing measures by standing apart and wearing face masks as they marched through the streets.

By Jennifer Hassan
June 1, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT

Trump official’s claim of opportunism by ‘foreign adversaries’ in U.S. protests draws strong response from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe summoned the U.S. ambassador to a meeting in Harare with its foreign minister Monday after a Trump administration official referred to Zimbabwe while decrying “foreign adversaries” using widespread protests as an opportunity to stoke tensions in the United States.

“I want to tell our foreign adversaries, whether it’s a Zimbabwe or a China, that the difference between us and you is that that officer who killed George Floyd, he’ll be investigated, he’ll be prosecuted, he’ll receive a fair trial,” national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

U.S. Ambassador Brian A. Nichols issued an unusually forthright statement after his meeting with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo, acknowledging his experience as a black American while also calling on Zimbabwe to respect constitutional rights to peaceful protests and free speech in its context.

“As an African American, for as long as I can remember I have known that my rights and my body were not fully my own,” he wrote, adding that he has also known that the United States “has always aspired to be better.”

“In a long, unbroken line of black men and women, George Floyd gave the last full measure of devotion to point us toward a new birth in freedom,” Nichols said, noting that the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes has been charged with murder and that U.S. officials are pledging justice in his case. “Zimbabweans surely wonder when, after so many years, Patrick Nabanyama, Itai Dzamara, and Paul Chizuze will get justice,” he added, naming three citizens who disappeared during then-President Robert Mugabe’s rule.

In a separate statement, Moyo said the Zimbabwean government had noted O’Brien’s comments with “astonishment and concern,” calling any allegations of Zimbabwe interfering in U.S. affairs “false” and “deeply damaging to a relationship already complicated by years of prescriptive megaphone diplomacy and punitive economic sanctions.”

“Zimbabwe is not and never has been an adversary of the United States of America,” Moyo wrote, adding that his country has expressed deep concern over Floyd’s death and the “violence, arson and looting” of the past week. But he also said that the Zimbabwean government recalls U.S. criticism of it during periods of civil unrest there, when American officials demonstrated what he described as a “lack of balance” and double standards.

By Siobhán O'Grady
June 1, 2020 at 3:21 PM EDT

Trump views protesters’ violence as ‘unacceptable,’ White House press secretary says

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denounced violence that has taken place at demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. She told reporters at a briefing Monday that President Trump “has made clear that what we are seeing on America’s streets is unacceptable.”

“Violence, looting, anarchy, lawlessness are not to be tolerated,” McEnany said. “Plain and simple, these criminal acts are not protests. They are not statements. These are crimes that harm innocent American citizens. The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble. What we saw last night in Washington and across the country was not that.”

She also defended Trump’s response to the protests and pushed against calls for the president to deliver an address to the nation. He “has delivered multiple statements on this. … He hasn’t been silent on this,” McEnany said.

Asked about the issues of systemic racism and police brutality that demonstrators are decrying, McEnany said that Trump “fundamentally rejects the idea that these egregious actions of these four Minnesota officers are representative of our police force as a whole.”

At the end of the briefing, McEnany played a brief video that included a montage of police officers hugging and comforting protesters.

By Felicia Sonmez
June 1, 2020 at 2:56 PM EDT

Minneapolis truck driver may have panicked in midst of protest crowd, official says

The tanker truck driver who plowed through a crowd of highway protesters in Minneapolis on Sunday probably did so out of panic, according to the head of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Commissioner John Harrington told reporters Monday that the truck driver was already on Interstate 35 when officials started closing down certain entrance ramps in preparation for the city’s 8 p.m. curfew.

“From what we understand, he was speeding,” Harrington said. “He saw the crowd, and what it looks like initially, he panicked. He just kept barreling forward, and then he saw a young woman on a bike fall down in front of him, and he slammed on the brakes.”

The trucker, identified by a local news outlet as Bogdan Vechirko, was arrested. An investigation continues, but Harrington said his actions might not have been intentional. “It doesn’t appear that he was driving to try and intercept the protests at this point,” he said. He called the lack of fatalities “a miracle.”

Gov. Tim Walz (D) said he watched the event unfold live on cameras as the tanker moved through the crowd, fearing he would witness dozens or more people killed before the driver came to a stop.

“The driver noted afterward, after he was told that he didn’t kill anybody, that the crowd, the vast majority, were protecting him,” Walz said of the driver who was pulled out of his truck and surrounded by protesters. “The protesters were protecting the driver … because they realized just how dangerous the situation was.”

By Lateshia Beachum
June 1, 2020 at 2:40 PM EDT

Floyd’s brother gives emotional speech at site of killing, urges protesters to stop violence

After traveling from Brooklyn to Minneapolis to visit the site of his brother’s death, Terrence Floyd expressed disappointment that some protests across the country have turned violent.

Speaking Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Floyd said his brother, George, was a “gentle giant” who valued peace and unity. He would want protesters to channel their anger “to do something positive,” Terrence Floyd said.

“The things that are transpiring now, they may call it unity, but it’s destructive unity,” he said. “It’s not what he was about. That’s not what my brother was about.”

Terrence Floyd said his brother saw the bright side of every situation and made him feel that he could do anything, no matter what he was going through.

In an emotional speech later at the site of his brother’s killing, Floyd urged protesters to stop the violence and to focus on enacting change through voting.

“I understand you’re all upset. But like it was already said, I doubt you’re all half as upset as I am,” Floyd said. “So if I’m not over here … blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing?”

“That’s not going to bring my brother back at all,” he added. “It may feel good for the moment, just like when you’re drinking, but when it comes down, you’re going to wonder what you did.”

By Marisa Iati
June 1, 2020 at 2:31 PM EDT

Louisville police should release video of restaurant owner’s shooting, governor says

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) is urging Louisville police to quickly release body camera footage from a fatal shooting early Monday where Louisville Metro Police and the Kentucky National Guard killed a black business owner.

The governor said at a midday news briefing that he hoped the department would release the footage “long before nightfall” so that residents can judge the situation for themselves. The Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.

“I think it’s important the truth gets out there, but also for ensuring we don’t have violence,” Beshear said, suggesting that swift transparency could quell another night of unrest.

Family identified the victim as David McAtee, according to the Courier-Journal. McAtee owned a popular barbecue restaurant next to the parking lot where police officers and the National Guard had responded around 12:15 a.m. to break up a “large crowd” apparently violating the city’s temporary curfew order.

Police said someone in the crowd fired first. Beshear said officers and at least two members of the guard fired back, striking McAtee.

It wasn’t immediately clear what McAtee was doing at the scene.

The governor defended his decision to call in the National Guard in response to the past several days of protests. “My belief was that it was going to escalate, [but] not because of peaceful protesters,” he said. “People are going to rightfully ask about last night, which is why we have to get down to all the facts.”

Before Monday’s fatal shooting and even before the death of George Floyd in police custody last week, Louisville residents were demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT worker shot in March when police entered her home during a “no-knock” raid. Three officers were subsequently reassigned pending an internal investigation.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, spoke at the beginning of Monday’s briefing. “I don’t think I’m asking for too much. Just justice for her,” she said.

By Kim Bellware
June 1, 2020 at 2:23 PM EDT

‘Anarchists, we see you!’ Trump warns protesters

President Trump, after urging governors Monday to “dominate” protesters, shared a short video on Twitter, tacking on this message: “Anarchists, we see you!”

The video trained on an unidentified white male protester in what appeared to be downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus is among the cities across the country where protesters have clashed with police for several days in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

Democratic governors push back on Trump’s call to ‘dominate’ protesters

Democratic governors on Monday pushed back on President Trump, saying his focus was dangerous and misguided during an earlier conference call in which he described many of them as “weak” and urged them to “dominate” unruly protesters.

Speaking to reporters, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said he objected to Trump’s characterization that states with violent protests had become a “laughingstock” to the rest of the world in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“I said, ‘No one’s laughing here,’” Walz said. “We’re in pain. We’re crying. We saw a man lose his life.”

Walz said he also took issue with Trump’s emphasis on a “posture of force,” saying it was unsustainable, both “militarily” and “socially.”

“It's the antithesis of how we live,” Walz said. “It's the antithesis of civilian control.”

In a statement, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) called Trump’s comments “deeply disturbing.”

“The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic,” Whitmer said. “The president’s dangerous comments should be gravely concerning to all Americans, because they send a clear signal that this administration is determined to sow the seeds of hatred and division, which I fear will only lead to more violence and destruction. We must reject this way of thinking.”

Whitmer contrasted Trump’s approach with that of former president Barack Obama, who in a Medium post on Monday argued that those angry about Floyd’s killing should “channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action.”

“I felt hopeful and inspired in a way that I haven’t felt in a long time,” Whitmer said.

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 1:53 PM EDT

Trudeau weighs in on U.S. protests, says ‘anti-black racism’ is real in Canada

TORONTO — After thousands of Canadians participated in solidarity protests against police violence and racism over the weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said “anti-black racism is real” and addressed those for whom the images and stories coming out of the United States are “all too familiar.”

“To young black Canadians, I hear you when you say you are anxious and angry, when you say this brings back painful experiences of racism that you faced,” he said at the start of a news conference on the country’s coronavirus response. “I want you to know that I’m listening.”

It was the second time Trudeau made unsolicited comments about the protests in the United States, which have spawned solidarity demonstrations in cities from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal.

He issued a call to keep protesters and the journalists who are covering them “safe and respected” and condemned a small group of people who looted stores and clashed with police in Montreal after a formal anti-racism rally had ended there.

Asked whether he could be an effective messenger given his history of wearing blackface makeup on multiple occasions as a younger man, Trudeau said again that he “deeply” regretted his actions, which “hurt many, many people.”

The prime minister, who has periodically cast himself as a liberal foil to President Trump, declined to comment on whether he thought the rhetoric from the White House risked inflaming tensions.

“I can’t speak for other countries, but in Canada, we must come together,” Trudeau said.

By Amanda Coletta
June 1, 2020 at 1:47 PM EDT

Facebook employees blast Zuckerberg’s hands-off response to Trump posts

As protests swept the nation over the weekend, several Facebook employees publicly chastised chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for his hands-off approach to a divisive post on the demonstrators by President Trump — one that Twitter took the unprecedented step of flagging as inflammatory on its site.

“I am not proud of how we’re showing up,” tweeted Jason Toff, director of product management. “The majority of co-workers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.”

Read more here.

By Rachel Siegel and Elizabeth Dwoskin
June 1, 2020 at 1:43 PM EDT

Minnesota governor extends curfew, says upcoming Floyd funeral will be ‘significant event’

Minnesota will remain under curfew for the next two days, Gov. Tim Walz said Monday.

The new curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. as the state tries to emerge from days of unrest following the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in Minneapolis after a white officer knelt on his neck, leading to protests that in some areas devolved into vandalism and theft.

Walz (D) also said that Floyd’s funeral would be Thursday, calling it a “significant event” for his state as it moves toward healing.

The governor plans to send some National Guard members in Minnesota back to their homes, while the multiunit command center for all involved agencies will remain operating, he said.

By Lateshia Beachum
June 1, 2020 at 1:35 PM EDT

Barr escalates federal response, deploying riot squads and hostage rescue team

Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to send riot teams to Miami and Washington, D.C., as part of the federal government’s escalating response to the civil unrest across the country, a senior Justice Department official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The official said all FBI field offices are also setting up command posts and will work with local law enforcement on possibly bringing federal charges against those who cross state lines to riot.

As local police make arrests, the official said, the FBI will interview those in custody and assess if any federal crimes have been committed. The Justice Department has become keenly focused on the violence in the District.

On Sunday night, Barr sent the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team to assist local police. A Special Operations Response Team from the Bureau of Prisons was present in Miami over the weekend, and one will be active in the District, the official said.

By Matt Zapotosky
June 1, 2020 at 1:24 PM EDT

Minneapolis police union president calls protests a ‘terrorist movement,’ blames local politicians

The president of the Minneapolis police union slammed the protests rocking the city as a “terrorist movement” in a letter to officers on Monday and blamed local politicians for the turbulence.

“This terrorist movement that is currently occurring was a long time build up which dates back years,” Lt. Bob Kroll wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Star Tribune. “Starting with minimizing the size of our police force and diverting funds to community activists with an anti-police agenda. Our chief requested 400 more officers and was flatly denied any. This is what led to this record breaking riot.”

Kroll said that if not for limits placed on officers’ tactics and equipment, the demonstrations would have ended Tuesday night, when they began.

“The politicians are to blame and you are the scapegoats,” he wrote.

Kroll also decried the firing of the four officers involved in George Floyd’s death, said he had received death threats and criticized news outlets that he said would not publish information about Floyd’s “violent criminal history.” Floyd pleaded guilty in 2009 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

The letter was met with backlash from Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey, who partly blamed Kroll for eroding trust between the police department and residents.

“For a man who complains so frequently about a lack of community trust and support for the police department, Bob Kroll remains shockingly indifferent to his role in undermining that trust and support,” Frey wrote. “His categorical opposition to reform, his consistent disrespect for civilian leadership, and his lack of empathy for the community have done more to undermine trust in police than any ‘community activist’ ever has.”

Former Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau labeled Kroll’s letter a “disgrace” and called on him to turn in his badge.

By Marisa Iati
June 1, 2020 at 1:17 PM EDT

Trump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to ‘dominate’ unruly protests

President Trump on Monday berated the nation’s governors on a conference call, describing them as “weak” in the face of growing racial unrest and urged them to try to “dominate” unruly protests, according to three people on the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

Trump also called on the governors to take back the streets and use force to confront protestors and said if they did not, they would look like “fools,” alarming several governors on the call as they communicated privately, according to the officials.

“If you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time,” Trump said according to a person on the call.

By Robert Costa, Seung Min Kim and Josh Dawsey
June 1, 2020 at 1:17 PM EDT

A morning of cleanup in Philadelphia after a night of destruction

Less than 12 hours after unrest in West Philadelphia left businesses ravaged along the 52nd Street commercial corridor — with storefront windows smashed, fires set and merchandise looted — broom-toting neighbors began cleaning up the mess Monday morning in a show of solidarity with the bodegas, pharmacies, restaurants and clothing stores there.

Julian Bender, a 33-year-old white man, and Sierra Hill-Akers, a 26-year-old black woman, swept shattered glass from what used to be the front window of the America’s Kids clothing store. Bender heard about the volunteer efforts on Facebook, Hill-Akers on Twitter. “I live in the neighborhood and wanted to help out,” Bender said. “I knew people would show up to help.”

Steven Hall, 52, stood outside King’s Fashion, looking in dismay at its smashed exterior and charred interior. He has worked at the clothing store for 19 years and was on the scene at 7:30 a.m. to see how the shop had fared. He gestured at the small crowd gathered around him, some armed with spray bottles of cleaner. “This has nothing to do with us,” Hall said, referring to Sunday night’s mayhem. “Now where are we supposed to shop? Where are we supposed to work?”

Despite the unknowns, he was not surprised by the morning turnout. “West Philly is going to stay strong,” he said.

Similar efforts are taking place in cities across the country that are reeling from the weekend destruction. Nonprofit groups, neighborhood associations and concerned residents are putting out the word to assist damaged businesses. Here and in other cities, local governments are also sending cleanup crews.

Michael Ramsey, who works for a community development corporation that regularly cleans the 52nd Street corridor, was impressed with how quickly the volunteers worked. Before noon, he said, the street was looking even cleaner than usual.

By Maura Ewing
June 1, 2020 at 12:49 PM EDT

Obama speaks out on unrest, urges focus on state and local elections

Former president Barack Obama is urging those angered by the death of George Floyd to focus their efforts on state and local elections and to push officials on those levels for specific reforms to the criminal justice system.

“If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals,” Obama said in a Medium post on Monday.

At a time when protesters are gathering nightly outside the White House, Obama said those seeking change should be fighting for a president and other federal officials who recognize “the corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it.”

But he argued that “the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.”

“It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions,” Obama wrote. “It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions.”

Obama also cited documents developed during his presidency and by the Obama Foundation that he says can provide guidance on reforms to seek.

“The more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away,” he wrote.

In the post, he said the waves of protests have been driven by “genuine and legitimate frustration,” but he also urged those seeking reforms not to “excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it.”

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 12:42 PM EDT

Merck CEO on Floyd: ‘Could be me or any other African American man’

Business executives often appear on CNBC to talk about stocks or corporate strategy. But on Monday, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier had a different message: What happened to George Floyd could just as easily have happened to him.

“What the African American community sees in that videotape is that this African American man, who could be me or any other African American man, is being treated as less than human,” said Frazier, one of the country’s most prominent black business executives.

Frazier has spoken before of his formative years and of being bused more than an hour to some of the top schools in Philadelphia. “I know for sure that what put my life on a different trajectory was that someone intervened to give me an opportunity, to close that opportunity gap. And that opportunity gap is still there,” he said Monday.

Now, sitting at the helm of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Frazier called on the business community to create more jobs, which have been gutted by the coronavirus pandemic — and close opportunity gaps wrought by long-standing discrimination.

“Joblessness leads to hopelessness,” he said. “Hopelessness leads to what we see in the streets.”

By Rachel Siegel
June 1, 2020 at 12:10 PM EDT

NYC mayor criticizes some officers’ tactics, addresses daughter’s arrest

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) hardened his tone about a police officer who drew his gun on protesters Sunday and two police cruisers that drove into a crowd in Brooklyn.

At a news conference Monday, de Blasio added to his previous explanation of officers’ decision to drive into protesters who had gathered in front of them. He said he tried in his initial comments to criticize the officers while noting that some police were in danger earlier in the day.

“There is no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters or New Yorkers of any kind,” de Blasio said Monday. “It is dangerous, it is unacceptable. This is an extremely aberrant situation, and there were extenuating circumstances, I believe, because of what happened earlier.”

The mayor also said he had temporarily removed the gun and badge of an officer who pointed his weapon at demonstrators outside the Strand bookstore. City officials were investigating the incident to determine whether there should be other consequences, de Blasio said.

In response to news reports that his 25-year-old daughter, Chiara de Blasio, had been arrested while protesting, the mayor said he did not believe she did anything wrong and that he admired her advocacy. He said that he found out about her arrest when a reporter asked about it and that his daughter told him she was acting peacefully.

“She was very clear that she believes she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking,” the mayor said.

De Blasio also said the officers who told reporters about the arrest had done “something unconscionable” and that the Sergeants Benevolent Association, which represents the city’s current and former police sergeants, regularly violated people’s privacy.

SBA leaders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By Marisa Iati
June 1, 2020 at 11:39 AM EDT

Sen. Cotton suggests use of Army division that specializes in air assaults to quell protests

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is calling for the use of the military — including an Army division that specializes in air assault operations — to quell the violent protests that have erupted in cities across the country.

Cotton, often mentioned as a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, made his push in tweets and on morning television, arguing that “anarchy, rioting, and looting needs to end tonight.”

“If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let's see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they're facing off with the 101st Airborne Division,” Cotton said in one tweet, referencing the Army division nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles.”

In a subsequent tweet, the senator listed other military units that he said could be deployed, saying he favors “whatever it takes to restore order.”

“No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters,” he wrote.

Generally speaking, the president cannot utilize the military for domestic law enforcement. But under the Insurrection Act, exceptions can be made at the request of a governor or state legislature.

This authority was invoked in 1992, when California Gov. Pete Wilson (R) sought federal military assistance from President George H.W. Bush in response to the riots that erupted in Los Angeles in the wake of the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 11:08 AM EDT

History shows Floyd case may not be a ‘slam dunk,’ Ellison says

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has taken over as prosecutor for the Floyd case, cautioned the public Monday about expecting certain results.

In an interview with SiriusXM’s “The Black Eagle,” Ellison reminded listeners of the Freddie Gray and Walter Scott cases, in which officers didn’t receive expected consequences even after their misconduct resulted in the deaths of both black men.

No federal charges were brought against the six officers involved in Gray’s death, and a murder case against the officer caught on camera shooting and killing Scott resulted in a deadlocked jury.

“I just want to caution folks,” Ellison said. “I don’t deny that your eyes are working well and you saw what you saw, but that doesn’t mean that when we get to a courtroom that it’s going to be some sort of easy slam dunk. History proves that it isn’t.”

Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis police officer who was caught on video pressing his knee onto Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers who were present during the incident have been fired but have not yet been charged.

By Lateshia Beachum
June 1, 2020 at 10:45 AM EDT

Protests pose a challenge for Biden: Appealing to older and younger black voters

Former vice president Joe Biden views himself as so connected to the African American experience that on a debate stage in Atlanta six months ago, he declared: “I come out of the black community.” But as that city and others burn and demonstrators demand a robust political agenda for communities of color, the 77-year-old presumptive Democratic nominee for president faces a crucial test: Does he have the relationships and the political dexterity to channel their anger, or will he be overtaken by a tsunami of discontent?

“He has to meet the moment,” said Cornell Belcher, who was a pollster for President Barack Obama. “He’s completely capable of stepping in that space and delivering a unifying message about bringing America together and talking about the refrain that [Martin Luther] King put out decades ago: that an injustice anywhere to anyone is an injustice to everyone. That’s the space that he must occupy.”

So far, Biden has stayed relatively quiet. He gave brief televised remarks supporting protesters Friday and did a rare round of cable news interviews to drive home his point. He issued a statement condemning violence early Sunday morning as images of burning police cars filled TV news. Later, he pulled a prerecorded video from the speaking program for Sunday evening’s Maine Democratic Party convention “due to recent events,” according to a campaign aide.

Read more here.

By Annie Linskey and Cleve Wootson
June 1, 2020 at 9:58 AM EDT

Retailers and restaurants across the U.S. close amid protests

Scenes of destruction have created chaos and concern along the path of the nation’s protests over the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis. That’s pushed brick-and-mortar retail and restaurant industries, already hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, to the center.

Retailers and other businesses in cities across the United States, including Minneapolis, Washington, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay area, experienced broken window thefts and violence over the weekend.

The actions prompted a number of businesses to close and raised questions about how exactly the actions relate to the protesters, many of whom were peaceful.

By Rachel Lerman
June 1, 2020 at 9:30 AM EDT

White House press secretary says Trump focused on antifa

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday pressed the notion that the far-left “antifa” movement is largely behind the violence that has emerged in protests around the nation and said President Trump is “committed to acting on this.”

McEnany noted Trump has declared antifa a terrorist organization, a move she suggested is indicative of his efforts to quell the violence.

“This president has taken bold action. This is the law-and-order president,” McEnany said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

Asked whether Trump plans to deliver an Oval Office address on the unrest, as a growing number of conservatives are urging, McEnany said: “A national Oval Office address is not going to stop antifa. What’s going to stop antifa is action, and this president committed to acting on this.”

Neither Trump nor Attorney General William P. Barr has made public specific evidence that the far-left movement is orchestrating the protests that have erupted in dozens of U.S. cities. And scholars have said antifa — short for anti-fascist — is not a national group but more of a far-left ideology.

Asked if the White House is giving antifa too much “credit” for orchestrating the violence, McEnany said: “I don’t think so. … They are certainly behind this.”

As McEnany spoke on television, Trump tweeted an attack on former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, referring to a report that some of his presidential campaign staffers had donated money to a group that is helping Minneapolis protesters get out of jail on bail.

“Sleepy Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more,” Trump asserted. “Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots!”

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 9:01 AM EDT

Australian march canceled over safety concerns

A march in Sydney has been canceled after organizers expressed concern about the safety of attendees, Australian media reported.

“We have had some people intending to wreak havoc and protest against the event,” an organizer posted to Facebook, according to the Australian Associated Press.

The event, due to be held in Sydney’s city center on Tuesday and organized by a group called Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties, was designed to honor Floyd and bring attention to the deaths of Australian indigenous people in police custody.

However, the event has now been deleted from Facebook.

“This event was meant to be a time for Aboriginal voices to be heard but, due to uncertainty of safety for all involved, we would like to (advise) cancellation of the protest,” an organizer wrote, according to AAP.

It was not immediately clear what threats had been made.

Organizers are now promoting a separate vigil on Saturday. Similar rallies are planned for other large Australian cities, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Indigenous groups have taken the lead in many protests, arguing that they are subject to racist discrimination and police brutality.

An analysis published by the Guardian on Monday found that there had been at least 432 aboriginal deaths in police custody since 1991, when a government commission into aboriginal deaths in police custody concluded.

By Adam Taylor
June 1, 2020 at 8:36 AM EDT

Gov. Beshear orders investigation after man fatally shot in confrontation with Louisville police and National Guard

One man was shot and killed when police and the National Guard opened fire in Louisville following a violent confrontation between a group gathered in a parking lot and law enforcement trying to disperse the crowd, authorities said early Monday.

Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said in a statement Monday morning he had authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the fatal shooting “given the seriousness of the situation.”

Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said that after another night of destructive protests over the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the Kentucky National Guard and Louisville police were dispatched to the parking lot at Dino’s Food Mart around 12:15 a.m., where a large crowd had gathered.

But as the agencies began trying to disperse them, someone in the crowd fired at the officers and soldiers, Conrad said.

Both the National Guard and Louisville police returned fire, he said, killing one man at the scene. Conrad did not identify him.

“Our officers are working very hard to keep people safe and protect property,” Conrad said in an early-morning news briefing. “While doing that, we’ve had officers shot at and assaulted. I think it’s very, very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue we’re going to have to work on and work through for a long time.”

Conrad said that police are interviewing several people and are collecting video footage of the shooting, which he pledged to release to the public soon. The chief did not address whether the crowd was in any way related to the protests, which were centered about two miles away in downtown Louisville.

The fatal shooting is likely to further inflame tensions in Louisville, where protesters have been demanding justice in the death of the unarmed 26-year-old Taylor, an African American EMT, on March 13. Taylor was asleep in her apartment when officers broke down her door in the middle of the night to serve a warrant, alarming her boyfriend who fired at police, believing they were armed intruders. Taylor died when police returned fire.

The shooting also follows another violent incident during protests on Thursday night, when someone opened fire from within a large crowd, injuring seven people, police say. No one has been arrested yet in that shooting.

By Meagan Flynn
June 1, 2020 at 8:21 AM EDT

California’s downtown government buildings close because of protests

Many of California’s government buildings will shutter their doors on Monday amid the outbreak of protests spread across the state.

A Sunday night directive sent from the state Department of Human Resources said all state buildings “with offices in downtown city areas” will be closed and individual agencies can determine which buildings should remain dark, the Associated Press reported.

Amy Palmer, a spokeswoman for the state Government Operations Agency, said the decision was made after a consultation with the California Highway Patrol and Office of Emergency Services, the outlet reported.

The attorney general’s offices in Oakland, Sacramento and other cities affected by protests will also close, based on a state Justice Department memo to employees that advised them to work from home if they’re able, the AP reported.

By Lateshia Beachum
June 1, 2020 at 7:51 AM EDT

Trump urged to address the nation by ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts

Hosts and guests on “Fox & Friends” — a regular staple of President Trump’s morning television viewing — urged him Monday to deliver an Oval Office address on the unrest across the nation.

Their voices add to some aides in the White House and a growing number of conservative commentators who have argued in recent days that both Trump and the country would be well-served by hearing from him in a troubling time. Others have suggested it is premature until he has concrete measures to announce.

“If there isn’t a reason to ever address the country that has been so diversely affected by one thing, this is the reason,” said Brian Kilmeade, a co-host of the Fox News program. “It’s not 9/11 where Washington, Pennsylvania and New York were hit. … Every state has been affected. We can’t quite figure out who the enemy is. We know we want to get together. We know they want to tear us apart. The president has to bring the country together, and in that speech can’t be anything about a Democrat and nothing about a Republican. It’s got to be about an American.”

Dan Bongino, a former U.S. Secret Service agent and conservative commentator appearing on the program, agreed.

“If there was ever a time in the history of the U.S. presidency for an Oval Office address to bring the country together, it’s unquestionably right now,” Bongino said.

The exhortations echoed those of Fox News host Griff Jenkins, who said over the weekend that Trump should deliver a formal address, arguing that President George H.W. Bush did so after unrest in Los Angeles in 1992.

In a tweet Monday morning, Trump made no mention of Kilmeade urging him to make an Oval Office address but quoted another part of his commentary from the show: recounting that some protesters seemed affiliated with antifa groups and had a mind-set similar to those who participated in Occupy Wall Street protests nearly a decade ago.

“TRUE!” Trump added in his own words.

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 7:03 AM EDT

Trump plans teleconference with governors on ‘keeping American communities safe’

President Trump, who remained out of view Sunday, so far has no public events on his schedule for Monday but plans a video teleconference with governors, law enforcement and national security officials.

According to guidance released by the White House, the event, which is closed to the press, will originate from the Situation Room and focus on “keeping American communities safe.”

Beforehand, Trump is scheduled to meet with Attorney General William P. Barr, who on Saturday said that the violence that has erupted in many places appears to be “planned, organized and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups … many of whom travel from outside the state to promote the violence.”

It is not uncommon for the White House to add events to Trump’s schedule by midday, so it remains possible that the president will emerge on Monday.

Trump’s decision to stay out of public view on Sunday drew widespread scrutiny, given that Americans have come to expect presidents to speak to the nation during trying times. Trump’s public communication was limited to a series of tweets that included an attack on the Democratic mayor of Minneapolis and praise for himself for having deployed the National Guard.

By John Wagner
June 1, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT

Dayton, Ohio, protest organizer asks police to ‘raise your hands if you are here to protect us’

Well before the 7 p.m. curfew that Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley (D) enacted for downtown and the popular Oregon District, municipal sanitation trucks blocked access to the city with checkpoints for inbound traffic. Armored police tactical vehicles rumbled down deserted streets and helicopters hovered overhead. Several hundred protesters were granted access to a staging area downtown where they marched and shouted, “No justice, no peace! No racist police!” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

Protest leader Asia Gibbs confronted a line of police in Dayton using a bullhorn to ask them a question: “Raise your hands if you are here to protect us and stand with us?” Most officers stood stone-faced, but as Gibbs repeated the question with different cordons of police, a few did raise their hands.

“If you could get an officer to admit they are not racist, that relieves some of the mental anguish in our people,” said Gibbs, a 36-year-old African American woman whose five children were her motivation to organize.

Demonstrators, a majority of them white, marched to Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District, which was damaged by window-shattering rioters Saturday night. On Sunday, owner Emily Mendenhall decided to serve the cause that damaged her restaurant, offering free burgers, hot dogs and drinks to the protesters.

“If it takes a broken window to effect change, than I’ll take the broken window,” she said. “I think it is important that small-business owners speak up.”

The peaceful protest was in stark contrast to just 24 hours earlier when protesters hurled objects at police, and officers responded by firing rounds of rubber bullets and chemical munitions. Dayton police arrested 15 protesters for various violations on Saturday, but no arrests were reported Sunday.

By Kevin Williams
June 1, 2020 at 6:15 AM EDT

U.S. at ‘crossroads’ as protests grip cities and police crack down

Protesters took to the streets for a sixth night Sunday, as anger over the Memorial Day death of a black man in police custody burned across a country already reeling from the deadly coronavirus and the resulting economic crisis.

As the violent and chaotic weekend drew to a close, officials in more than two dozen cities had imposed sweeping curfews, including in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the epicenter of the crisis. Governors in 26 states called in the National Guard. And Secret Service agents clashed for a second day with demonstrators outside the White House, where President Trump used social media to assail Democrats and threaten protesters.

At least six people were killed in violence that flared as demonstrations in parts of the country devolved into mayhem. Gunfire rang out from Detroit to Indianapolis to Chicago to Omaha — places where authorities said people were slain in shootings connected to the protests. But there were also scenes of peaceful assembly, as well as of police officers kneeling in solidarity and protesters placing themselves before store fronts to prevent looting and brawling at odds with the message of nonviolence.

Read more here.

By Isaac Stanley-Becker, Felicia Sonmez and Katie Mettler
June 1, 2020 at 4:58 AM EDT

Minneapolis has become a war zone

MINNEAPOLIS — The gas stations are closed. The grocery stores are dark. And along Hiawatha Avenue in South Minneapolis, one of the only restaurants serving is a McDonald’s, where every inch of the building’s windows are boarded up except for two small holes at the drive-through just big enough to pass along food.

After nearly a week of unrest in response to the death of George Floyd, city and state officials were optimistic Sunday after a night passed without the dangerous fires, looting and violence that have cut a wide swath of devastation through the heart of this Midwestern city.

But it came with a new reality: Thousands of National Guard troops and state and city police officers moving to aggressively — and sometimes violently — regain control of the streets, and a lockdown that has residents under curfew and has closed the major highways at night.

Read more here.

By Holly Bailey, Robert Klemko, Jared Goyette and Tarkor Zehn
June 1, 2020 at 4:33 AM EDT

Some officers march and kneel with protesters as fraught weekend of uprisings concludes

Images of tense encounters between protesters and police officers piled up over the weekend, as authorities intensified their efforts to quell nationwide uprisings, using rubber bullets, pepper pellets and tear gas in violent standoffs that seared cities nationwide.

But some officers took different actions, creating contrasting images that told another story about the turbulent national moment following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in police custody in Minneapolis.

From New York to Des Moines to Spokane, Wash., members of law enforcement — sometimes clad in riot gear — knelt alongside protesters and marched in solidarity with them. The act has become synonymous with peaceful protests in recent years after football player Colin Kaepernick knelt as part of his protests against police brutality on unarmed black citizens.

Read more here.

By Hannah Knowles and Isaac Stanley-Becker
June 1, 2020 at 4:14 AM EDT

Birmingham protesters tear down Confederate monument, set Thomas Jefferson statue ablaze

Protesters in Birmingham, Ala., tore down a monument to a Confederate naval captain on Sunday night, tying a rope around the statue’s neck andpulling it to the ground, video showed.

The statue depicts Charles Linn, who helped establish Birmingham and who also ran Confederate ships full of cotton to Europe to raise funds during the Civil War. Photos of the aftermath showed Linn’s statue lying face down in the dirt, with “BLM” painted in large red letters along the back of his leg.

It was one of several monuments that protesters in Birmingham sought to destroy. Near Linn Park, where the namesake’s statue crumbled, protesters also set a statue of Thomas Jefferson on fire, cheering around it as sounds of windows shattering could be heard in the background of the video footage.

Also in Linn Park on Sunday, protesters tried to destroy another Confederate monument that has been part of a prolonged legal fight, before the mayor personally intervened.

Dozens gathered around the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument during a speech by comedian Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson, who urged them to tear it down. The protesters began by chipping away at the base of the monument with tools, AL.com reported. Then, they tied a rope around the top of the monument and connected the rope to a pickup truck. When the driver hit the gas, though, the rope broke.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin (D), who has supported the monument’s removal, then appeared in the park with a bullhorn, asking the protesters to stop and promising to remove it himself by Tuesday.

“I understand the frustration and the anger that you have,” he said, according to AL.com. “Allow me to finish the job for you.”

Protesters across the South have been vandalizing numerous Confederate monuments as part of the protests demonstrations in George Floyd’s name. Read more here in a report by Lynda Robinson.

By Meagan Flynn
June 1, 2020 at 3:13 AM EDT

In African American communities, private grief amid public rage

MINNEAPOLIS — The whole city still smelled like fire, but Yvonne Passmore wanted to survey the damage wrought by days of violent protests. So she stood beside three neighbors in South Minneapolis, all of them black, all of them trying to process what had happened during the past few days, and months, and years.

“First, we had the coronavirus, which is wiping us out,” said Passmore, 65, pushing down her mask so she could breathe a little better. “And now it’s this.”

The neighbors debated the intensity of the protests, which left a trail of wreckage in this neighborhood off Lake Street. Had it gone too far? Small markets and convenience stores had been looted and destroyed, taking away a crucial source of fresh produce. The Walgreens was destroyed; the post office, too.

Read more here.

By Holly Bailey, Annie Gowen, Vanessa Williams and Jose Del Real
June 1, 2020 at 2:29 AM EDT

Journalists continue to be arrested, struck by police while covering protests

Whether they were wearing press credentials around their necks mattered little, as journalists around the country continued to be targeted by police with arrest, rubber bullets and tear gas while covering the protests.

LAist and KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez showed photos of a large welt on his neck after being struck by a rubber bullet just after interviewing a man while covering protests in Long Beach. In Washington, MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake was struck with a rubber bullet or bean bag — he said he wasn’t certain — while reporting live on the air near the White House, standing across from a line of police in riot gear.

“I have some souvenir welts on my side to show for it,” he wrote later on Twitter. “And sorry for cursing on tv.”

From the back of a police car, Des Moines register reporter Andrea May Sahouri said in a Twitter broadcast that she had been arrested while covering a protest that turned violent at Merle Hay Mall.

“I was was saying, ‘I’m press! I’m press! I’m press!’ Police deliberately took me, sprayed pepper spray in my face, and then put me in zip ties,” she said in the video.

Similar cases played out from Las Vegas to New York to Orlando.

Read more by Paul Farhi and Elahe Izadi here.

By Meagan Flynn
June 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM EDT

Austin police fire on protesters after a day of peaceful demonstrations

AUSTIN — It was a scene like countless others this weekend: a swirling mass of protesters of all ages and backgrounds descending on police headquarters, chanting “black lives matter.”

Suddenly — and seemingly without warning — a group of officers on an overpass across the street opened fire Sunday with what protesters described as rubber bullets, sending the panicked crowd of several hundred screaming demonstrators scrambling for safety.

At least three people were struck by the projectiles, including a young woman who was hit in the back of the head.

Demonstrators helped the injured woman to a small medical camp run by volunteers across the street, seating her in a folding chair where she collapsed, a stream of blood running down her back.

“That shook me up,” Ericka Jennings, 40, said after consoling someone who was struck by a projectile and later carried to a nearby car and whisked away. “It was peaceful and then someone threw a water bottle and they just started shooting!”

Protesters spent much of the day outside the police department without incident. But as the sun began to set, they scrambled up a concrete embankment and poured onto Interstate 35, a traffic-choked thoroughfare that runs up the spine of Texas and has historically separated downtown Austin from several historic African American and Latino neighborhoods.

Austin resident Russel Bangor, 36, said he was shocked when police fired on the protesters. “I came here expecting to hold a sign and ended up dragging injured bodies to safety,” he said. “I never expected this.”

By Peter Holley
June 1, 2020 at 12:37 AM EDT

As small and large businesses in Chicago are looted, the city braces for a long week

CHICAGO — After being looted for hours, a liquor store on Madison Avenue on the city’s West Side was torched Sunday night, thick smoke rising skyward.

Glenn Johnson, 45, stood in the doorway of his graphic design business across the street. He had watched people haul the wine and booze out from the store, most putting their plunder into cars with out-of-town license plates. “The weirdest thing I have ever seen in my life,” he said.

Similar damage had been seen earlier Sunday at several malls and big-box retailers, from Tinley Park, south of the city, to Skokie on the North Shore, as mobs smashed glass storefronts to make away with goods. But the looting was concentrated on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

At least three dozen police officers in riot gear guarded one location where businesses, including a Foot Locker, had been destroyed. Mannequins, shoe boxes and the cash register were strewn on the street.

The destruction continued late. In Englewood, a South Side neighborhood hit hard over decades by unemployment and poverty, people darted from a Family Dollar store and stuffed goods in the back seats or trunks of their vehicles. Moments later, a large fire went up in the parking lot, followed by the arrival of a fire department ladder truck and then the police.

A few blocks away, several officers headed into City Sports, an indoor mall that had been stripped bare earlier. “We show up and chase them out. We leave, and they come back. It’s been happening all day and all night,” one officer said as the mall’s alarms blared.

The police department announced 12-hour days for officers and no time off, a sign that the city is preparing for unrest at least all week.

Johnson said he doesn’t condone the violence, “but I don’t condemn it.” At the same time, as his city unravels, he fears “we’re so far into this, everything is going to be gone.”

“There’s no telling when this will be rebuilt,” he said.

By Mark Guarino