Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters near White House just before Trump speech
Police and federal law enforcement launched tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at demonstrators near the White House just minutes before the president announced the deployment of “thousands and thousands” of U.S. soldiers to the nation’s capital.
Explosions could be heard in the background of the president’s address as officers began clearing the streets of demonstrators who had been protesting peacefully. The confrontation came ahead of a 7 p.m. curfew in the District of Columbia and provided a stark backdrop for the president’s announcement.
The president claimed protests against police brutality had been hijacked by violent activists, declaring himself “an ally of all peaceful protesters” even as police moved to disperse the crowd near the White House.
Demonstrators had marched peacefully through the nation’s capital throughout the day on Monday, with one group stopping in front of the Capitol before making its way to Lafayette Park, where nightly protests have escalated over the past four days.
Activist challenges protesters: “Come up with a better way”
As demonstrations continue over George Floyd’s death, activist Curtis Hayes is challenging protesters to “come up with a better way” and urging everyone to ask why these protests are happening in the first place. He joined CBSN to discuss the fight against racial injustice.
Trump: “I am your president of law and order”
President Trump delivered a statement to the nation on Monday from the White House Rose Garden amid a weekend of unrest throughout the county. Mr. Trump tweeted that he will be discussing the “Federal Response.”
Starting out his remarks, the president lamented the death of George Floyd and said “he will not have died in vain.”
“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protestors,” the president said but added that the nation is under siege by ill-intended actors.
Mr. Trump alluded to some of the violent acts and vandalism that have taken place in the country over the last several days. “These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror,” Mr. Trump said.
Illinois man charged with rioting and possession of explosives in Minnesota
The U.S. Attorney’s office has charged Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Illinois, with causing a riot, civil disorder and possessing unregistered explosive devices in an effort to stoke chaos Friday night in Minneapolis.
The criminal complaint said Rupert posted to Facebook, saying, “I’m going to Minneapolis tomorrow who coming only goons I’m renting hotel rooms.”
Then Saturday, he allegedly posted a cellphone video of himself in Minneapolis, giving out explosive devices to people and pushing for others to throw the explosives at law enforcement. Officials said Rupert is also shown in the video damaging property and engaging in arson and looting businesses.
Rupert and his companions were arrested around 2:20 a.m. Sunday by Chicago police for violating curfew. Police said they found explosives, a flashlight, hammer and cash inside his car.
Read more at CBS Minnesota.
Police made more than 7,200 arrests over the weekend
Police across 43 cities made more than 7,200 arrests over the weekend in connection with civil unrest as a result of the protests, according to data collected by CBS News. Those charges included burglary, arson, aggravated assault, rioting, looting, defacing public property and violating curfew.
None of the cities that reported data saw a sizeable number of out of town arrests, except for Santa Monica. However, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago-the cities with the most arrests-did not provide data for “out of town” arrests.
In Miami, where local officials told the public that most of the “agitators” were “outsiders,” just nine of the 92 people arrested had out of state addresses. Most were from within Miami-Dade or surrounding counties.
The most arrests were recorded in Los Angeles. LAPD reported around 1,600 arrests from Friday through Sunday.
Louisville police chief fired after police fatally shoot black man at protest
Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad was relieved of his duties on Monday after a man was shot and killed by police after midnight. The man, David McAtee, was a black restaurant owner.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Conrad’s firing at a press conference Monday. Fischer said he learned that the officer’s body cameras “were not activated” at the time of the shooting.
“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated. Accordingly, I have relieved Steve Conrad of his duties as chief of Louisville Metro Police Department,” he said.
Deputy Chief Rob Schroeder said investigators do not yet know which officers fired the fatal shot, or what instigated the shooting.
“The two officers who fired their weapons violated our policy by either not wearing or not activating their cameras,” Schroeder said. “That is completely unacceptable, and there is no excuse for their clear failure.”
“We lost a wonderful citizen named David McAtee. David was a friend to many,” Fischer said.
“For him to be caught up in this and for him not to be with us today is a tragedy that is hard to put into words.”
Police kneel in front of Trump Hotel, blocks from White House
Mere blocks from the White House in front of Trump International Hotel, a dozen police officers kneeled in front of the building facing protesters. The crowd at the Trump Hotel responded very positively to the officers’ gesture, prompting fist bumps.
Kneeling is generally a sign of solidarity in opposition to brutality against unarmed black citizens, a move former 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick made during the national anthem. Mr. Trump lambasted Kaepernick and the concept of kneeling during the national anthem. And in 2018 Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game when players kneeled.
The president, who addressed the death of George Floyd during a visit to Florida for the shuttle launch on Saturday, has remained out of sight since, tweeting his thoughts instead of giving any sort of formal address to the nation. In a call with governors Monday, the president unloaded, calling them “weak” for not being more aggressive over the weekend.
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NYPD commissioner says violent police incidents are under investigation
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday that the department is investigating six separate incidents involving officers during protests this past week. Amongst the incidents are one in which an officer pointed a gun at a chaotic crowd in Manhattan and another in which an NYPD cruiser drove into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn.
Shea told NPR that the incidents are all under investigation and that a majority of the officers involved have been identified. He urged anyone with information about the incidents to come forward.
When asked why the officers have yet to be disciplined – as officers responsible for similar incidents in other cities have been – Shea said NYPD union regulations prevent such swift disciplinary action.
On Monday, Shea told “CBS This Morning” that the NYPD is “walking with protesters.”
“We are showing solidarity with them… Let’s enact change. Let’s hold everyone, whether it’s law enforcement, elected officials, accountable,” he said.
Cuomo announces curfew for New York City
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on WAMC public radio Monday that New York City will have a curfew beginning 11 p.m. Monday night. The curfew will last until 5 a.m., according to the governor.
New York City is one of the last major cities to impose a curfew during the national protests following George Floyd’s death.
Cuomo clarified that the curfew will only apply to New York City, not upstate New York. When asked if the curfew will last multiple nights, Cuomo said: “It’s 11-5 tonight and then we’ll see where we are tomorrow.”
“Last night was a bad night in New York City,” he said, adding that people have used “the chaos of the moment” to rob businesses.
George Floyd’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, independent autopsy finds
The family of George Floyd released the results of an independent autopsy Monday afternoon. Dr. Allecia Wilson, one of the forensic pathologists who conducted the autopsy, said Floyd died as a result of mechanical asphyxiation and called the death a homicide. Those findings contradicted a preliminary report by the county medical examiner which found no evidence of asphyxia or strangulation.
The independent autopsy was conducted by Wilson and Dr. Michael Baden. Baden is the former chief medical examiner of New York City and was hired in 2014 to conduct the autopsy ofa black man who died when an NYPD officer used a banned chokehold during his arrest. Both Garner and Floyd pleaded with officers that they couldn’t breathe before their deaths seen on disturbing videos, and “I can’t breathe” has become a rallying cry among those protesting police brutality.
Over 17,000 national guardsmen have been deployed in response to protests
The National Guard said Monday that more than 17,000 of its members have been deployed in response to the nationwide protests. Governors from 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have activated the Guard in the last week, the bureau said in a statement.
Including the approximately 45,000 national guardsmen who have been activated to help battle the coronavirus pandemic, there are now 66,7000 national guardsmen activated for domestic operations in support of U.S. governors, which the bureau described as a “historic” amount. During Hurricane Katrina response efforts in 2005, only about 51,000 guardsmen were activated, the bureau said.
Good cops “can’t sit in complicit silence” about racial injustice, St. Louis prosecutor says
Police officers cannot remain silent about racial inequalities in the criminal justice system and deaths like George Floyd’s in Minneapolis, said Kimberly Gardner, the circuit attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. As the top prosecutor in St. Louis, Gardner said the country has to “attack the systemic racism” in police forces and the court system.
“We have to support good police that we know exists, but they can’t sit in complicit silence and watch some of their police officers abuse the community, disrespect the community in which they police, which are largely, predominantly people of color that we know are overrepresented in the criminal justice system,” Gardner said on CBSN Monday. “That blue code of silence needs to go.”
Gardner said the country has to “get rid of this us versus them” mentality. “The police are also made of the community,” she said.
Gardner, who is up for reelection this year, said a hindrance in holding “bad actors” of police departments accountable is the power of police unions. She filed a federal lawsuit in January against city officials and the city’s main police union accusing them of blocking her efforts for criminal justice reform. The union has called the lawsuit “the last act of a desperate woman.”
“We have to call for reforms of the police union’s collective bargaining contracts,” she said. “They basically negotiate behind closed doors … how to keep on the bad actors in the police departments and make it difficult for police chiefs and the community to hold those bad actors accountable, even the prosecutor.”
Obama says protests could be “a real turning point” in fight for police reform
Former President Barack Obama said Monday that nationwide unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis could prove to be a “real turning point” in efforts to reform policing and the criminal justice system if demonstrations lead to increased participation in state and local elections.
In an essay on Medium, Mr. Obama wrote that the protests “represent a genuine and legitimate frustration” and hailed demonstrators who are marching peacefully, saying they “deserve our respect and support.”
He also condemned the “small minority” of demonstrators who have resorted to violence, saying they’re “putting innocent people at risk” and hurting the very communities they are hoping to improve.
“I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back,” the former president wrote. “So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”
Justice Department steps up law enforcement presence
The Justice Department isamid nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sparked violent clashes between police and demonstrators in major American cities.
A senior Justice Department official said Attorney General William Barr had directed the Bureau of Prisons to send riot teams to Miami, where the team was over the weekend, and Washington, D.C., where hundreds of protesters gathered at the White House for demonstrations that escalated as day turned to night.
In addition to deploying riot teams, known as special operation response teams, all FBI field offices have set up command posts.
ICE deploying agents to help local authorities
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday it is deploying agents to protect the agency’s offices and assist local authorities across the country as incidents of civil unrest continue in U.S. cities.
The agency, which is in charge of deporting people from the country and dismantling international criminal networks, will not be making immigration arrests at protests, an ICE official told CBS News. A binding internal memorandum from 2011 says ICE agents should generally avoid making immigration arrests at sensitive locations, which includes sites of “public demonstration.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fully respects the rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions,” the agency said in a statement. “In light of civil unrest taking place across the country, ICE personnel and Special Response Teams have been deployed to protect agency facilities and assets in support of the Federal Protective Service and assist local, state and federal law enforcement partners, as needed.”
The operation will involve ICE’s main offices, Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations, according to the agency official.
The announcement comes a day after U.S. Customs and Border Protection, another branch of the Department of Homeland Security, said it would be dispatching personnel and aviation assets to support local and state law enforcement respond to the unrest. The agency, the country’s largest federal law enforcement force, also said its assistance to local authorities would not be part of its immigration enforcement mission.
The world reacts to George Floyd’s death
As anger erupts in American cities over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, the international reaction has ranged from moral grandstanding by U.S. adversaries, to rallies in solidarity with black communities on the streets of London and Berlin.
Reactions in other nations have ranged from street level to the highest offices of government.
President Trump tells “weak” governors they “have to dominate”
President Trump unloaded on the nation’s governors Monday morning,for failing to more aggressively enforce law and order over the weekend. On the video teleconference, the president warned that the law enforcement presence across Washington is set to intensify today.
“Washington was under very good control, but we’re going to have it under much more control,” he said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by CBS News. “We’re going to pull in thousands of people.” He added later: “We’re going to clamp down very, very strong.”
His comments came as Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the nation’s capital will be under a 7 p.m. ET curfew for the next two nights.
“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate,” the president told governors.
Fort Lauderdale cop suspended after shoving kneeling protester to the ground
A Fort Lauderdale police officer has been relieved of duty and is under investigation for his actions toward protesters on Sunday. In a video posted to Twitter, the officer is seen becoming aggressive with protesters before shoving a woman, who was on her knees, to the ground.
Others on the force can be seen quickly pushing the officer away from the woman and then down the street as bottles were thrown.
“That officer has been taken off duty, he’s suspended at the moment,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, according to CBS Miami. “There’s going to be a complete investigation. If it’s turned out that he acted inappropriately, then we will have swift discipline in response to what he did. “
The officer in the video has not yet been identified.
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked at same club and likely crossed paths, owner says
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing him, worked security at the same local club for much of the year before their fatal encounter on a Minneapolis street last week. The owner of El Nuevo Rodeoonce a week for their Tuesday night shifts, though she did not know if they ever actually met while working at the club.
Maya Santamaria said she had been paying Chauvin, when he was off-duty, to sit in his squad car outside El Nuevo Rodeo for 17 years. She said Floyd worked as a security guard inside the club frequently in the last year. In particular, they both worked on Tuesday nights, when the club had a popular weekly dance competition.
Santamaria reflected Friday evening on how her business suddenly became central to a death that sparked anguished waves of protest, first in Minneapolis and then in cities across America. Chauvin was fired from the police department last week andfor pinning Floyd by the neck.
She said Floyd was well known and liked by her patrons. He was “beloved in the Latin community because he worked at another Latin club too.”
Brother says George Floyd would urge peace “if he was here”
There have been anti-police protests in all 50 states during the past several days, and 22 states have activated National Guard troops. George’s other brother, Rodney, called on protesters to stop the violence.
“I’m asking for peace the same way my brother would ask us to if he could see the situation, if he was here. Peace. Peaceful protests. It is the best option we have to bring justice,”.
In San Diego, where police declared a gathering an unlawful assembly and used flash-bang grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
In Philadelphia, cop cars were set ablaze and looters broke windows and ransacked shops.
In Atlanta, police used tasers to drag a pair of college students out of their car for allegedly breaking the city’s curfew.
Police nationwide show solidarity with Floyd protesters
Police officers throughout the U.S. have shown solidarity with people protesting the death of George Floyd.
Marchers in Flint Township, Michigan, arrived at a police station where— responding to chants of “Walk with us! Walk with us!” — said, “Come on!” and joined the protest.
In New Jersey, Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki, who has been working in the city for decades, joined the front line of a march in Camden on Saturday afternoon, sporting his uniform, a protective face mask and a peace sign.
In New York, officers clapped on protesters, hundreds of whom stopped and took a knee with fists raised just north of the Empire State Building.
Police in Fargo, North Dakota, held hands with protesters while officers took a knee in Santa Cruz, California.
NYPD commissioner responds to video showing police cruiser driving into protesters
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea joined “CBS This Morning” on Monday to discuss his view on how officers responded to protests across the city over the weekend. He weighed in on policing of communities of color and de-escalation tactics used by police departments across the nation.
Shea also responded to a video showing anin Brooklyn on Saturday.
Watch the full interview below.
NYC mayor’s daughter arrested while protesting
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 25-year-old daughter wasfor unlawful assembly Saturday night, according to the city’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information. Chiara de Blasio was at a protest in downtown Manhattan.
The New York Post obtained an arrest report saying she refused to leave a Manhattan street that officers ordered cleared because people were throwing things.
Chiara de Blasio, who is black, was later given a court summons and released.
Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged
President Trump wasr on Friday evening as protests were being held near the White House, CBS News confirmed. A senior administration official said the action was taken out of an abundance of caution.
On Sunday, the Justice Department deployed U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration agents to Lafayette Park outside the White House to assist thes National Guard, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed to CBS News.
The nation’s capital was rocked by protests throughout the weekend that continued Sunday night.and buildings vandalized in the vicinity of the White House.
Large crowds of protesters raise fears of potential new coronavirus outbreaks
The sight of protesters without masks over the past few days is raising fears of potential new coronavirus outbreaks. The concerns are especially high in New York, which has seen more virus-related deaths than any other city in the nation.
With hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd, it makes following social distancing guidelines very difficult. CBS New York’s Dr. Max Gomez believes this could increase the risk for another outbreak.
“All it will take is one or two infected people, they don’t even have to know they are infected, under those circumstances, not wearing a mask, spraying these droplets into those crowds, and you could very easily have an outbreak that’s traced right back to those demonstrations,” he said.
Cop arrested in George Floyd’s death moved to two detention facilities in same day
Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer who is now charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, has been. CBS Minnesota reports Chauvin had been held at the Ramsey County Jail after being taken into custody in Minnesota.
On Sunday afternoon, he was transferred to the Hennepin County Jail. Just hours later, he was moved to a corrections department facility in Oak Park Heights, CBS Minnesota says.
During a news conference Sunday night, Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell said Chauvin was moved partially due to COVID-19 concerns, especially considering the number of protesters who’d already been arrested on Sunday.
Minnesota attorney general to lead prosecutions related to Floyd’s death
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will join the investigation into George Floyd’s death, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Sunday night.
“It is with a great degree of humility and great seriousness that I accept the responsibility for leadership on this critical case in the death of George Floyd,” Ellison said.
Ellison said they will share resources. Freeman said they will meet Monday.
Walz said at Sunday night’s news conference that one of the things he has heard from protesters is that many people “don’t trust the process — they don’t believe justice can be served. They believe time and time again, the system works perfectly well as it was designed, to deny those rights and to deny justice to communities of color.”
Walz said bringing Ellison onto the case is a step toward restoring trust.
Video shows semi-truck trying to drive through protesters on Minneapolis interstate
A semi-truck is seen on videoon Interstate 35W Bridge across the Mississippi River, before the driver was pulled from the cab. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said the driver has been arrested and no protesters appeared to be injured.
There were thousands of people on the bridge when it came through at what appeared to be top speed. Video from CBS Minnesota’s chopper showed what appeared to be a few on top of the semi cab trying to get the driver to slow down.
The Department of Public Safety told CBS Minnesota that so far they are not notified of any injuries and that medics haven’t been called.
D.C. mayor activates National Guard amid heated protests
The entire Washington, D.C., National Guard – roughly 1,700 soldiers – is being called in to help with the response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation’s capital, according to two Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. .
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said she had requested 500 Guardsman to assist local law enforcement. Later on Sunday, as the protests escalated, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy ordered the rest of the Guardsman – about 1,200 soldiers – to report, the AP said.
Numerous fires were seen around the city as the demonstrations continued Sunday night.
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