Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis police custody has sparked a nationwide debate over police department funding. President Trump defended police officers amid calls to “defund the police,” saying that most were “doing an incredible job.” Former vice president Joe Biden said Monday he opposes calls from activists to defund the police but added that federal aid should be conditional.
Here are some significant developments:
- Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that the Secret Service took President Trump to a secure bunker in the White House because “things were so bad” during the protests, a statement that contradicts Trump’s claim that he went to the bunker simply to inspect it.
- One day after the majority of the Minneapolis City Council announced their intention to disband the city’s police department, a contingent of the council delved into the proposal on Monday and fielded questions from reporters about how their plan would come together.
- Congressional Democrats unveiled sweeping police reform legislation Monday in response to Floyd’s killing. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit certain no-knock warrants, among a range of steps.
- A self-identified leader in the Ku Klux Klan was arrested after driving through peaceful protesters in Richmond late Sunday afternoon, prosecutors said. He was charged with assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding and destruction of property with intent.
- Portland Police Chief Jami Resch announced that she is resigning and that her replacement will be Charlie Lovell, an African American lieutenant. The Portland Police Bureau faces criticism for its handling of demonstrations against police brutality.
- In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Brevard County, Fla., chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police jokingly advertised openings available to 57 Buffalo Police officers who resigned from their assignments after two fellow officers were suspended over pushing a protester, as well as to six officers in Atlanta accused of using excessive force on two black college students.