June 16 Black Lives Matter protest news

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Updated 9:34 AM ET, Wed June 17, 2020
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12:32 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Police release disciplinary history for two officers in Rayshard Brooks shooting 

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan
Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta police have released the disciplinary records for the two officers involved in Rayshard Brooks’ shooting on Friday night. 

Officer Garrett Rolfe's record shows a use of force complaint from September 19, 2016, that resulted in a written reprimand the following year. 

Rolfe’s record also included several citizen complaints, all with notes that no action was taken. 

Officer Devin Brosnan has two firearm discharges on his record, both entered on the record this month. An Atlanta Police Department spokesman tells CNN that one of the cases is from a March 20 incident and the other is from Friday night’s shooting.

The Brooks’ incident notes maltreatment or unnecessary use of force, the record shows. 

Rolfe was fired on Saturday and Brosnan has been placed on administrative duty.  

CNN has reached out to the Atlanta police for more information on the officer’s records. 


12:32 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Fulton County DA weighing charges for both officers in Rayshard Brooks shooting

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

The Fulton County District Attorney is weighing charges for both officers involved in the Rayshard Brooks shooting, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Howard said that he understands Brooks’ widow and the community who are calling for one system of justice.

 “If this had been civilians, charges would have been lodged already,” he said. “People around this country want one system of justice so that both the police and citizens are treated equally. That is what we are hoping to do by making a decision Wednesday.”

Howard said that when he watched the video already knowing that Brooks died, he was expecting to see someone who was resisting and not cooperating with the police.

“That was the exact opposite of what happened with Mr. Brooks. He was very compliant,” Howard said. “There is no reason for Mr. Brooks to end up dead because he fell asleep in a drive-thru or that he was intoxicated.”

Howard said the video evidence in this case would be very important to determine what happened at the exact moment of the shooting

“Was it necessary to shoot Mr. Brooks to save his life or to save someone else’s life. Because if Mr. Brooks was shot for some other reason, then it’s not justified,” Howard said. 
12:32 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Attorney for Rayshard Brooks' family says the officer who shot him "was already going to use legal force"

Justin Miller, attorney for the family of Rayshard Brooks, said the officer who shot Brooks in the back "was already going to use legal force."

Brooks, 27, was shot dead by an officer Friday night at a fast-food restaurant after he scuffled with police who were trying to handcuff him, took one of their Tasers and ran. Brooks was suspected of driving under the influence.

Miller said that video released of the incident shows that "the officer dropped his Taser and put his hand on his gun before Mr. Brooks turned around with that Taser and just randomly shot it in the air."

"He was already going to use legal force. He was already going to shoot him in the back, before any of that stuff with Mr. Brooks happened," Miller told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Miller also said that officers should have to complete "100 hours at least of community service" before policing a community "so you know the people."

"I think they're trained to be more militarized than they need to be, and then they are placed in communities with people they don't know," Miller said.

12:32 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Roger Goodell: I "encourage" an NFL team to sign Colin Kaepernick

From CNN's Jill Martin

Colin Kaepernick looks to pass during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia.
Colin Kaepernick looks to pass during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

In an interview with ESPN, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he supports a team if it makes the decision to sign Colin Kaepernick.

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's going to take a team to make that decision," Goodell said. "But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016, has been unsigned to a team since 2017.

Earlier this month, Goodell said the league should have listened to players earlier about racism.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome (him) to that table and to be able to help us, and guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in communities," Goodell told ESPN.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table, and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around unfortunately for a long time."

Goodell said he hopes, "we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

The ESPN special, called “The Return of Sports,” will air on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. ET.

12:32 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

FBI and DOJ reviewing hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Robert Fuller, left, and Malcolm Harsch
Robert Fuller, left, and Malcolm Harsch Fuller and Harsch Families

The FBI, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's office for the Central District of California are reviewing investigations into the recent deaths of two black men in Southern California to determine if foul play or civil rights violations played a role.

The deaths of the two men, Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, occurred in the cities of Victorville and Palmdale 10 days and 50 miles apart. Both deaths were initially reported as suspected suicides by the Los Angeles and San Bernardino sheriff’s departments and are now under further investigation by the local departments.

"The FBI, US Attorney's office for the Central District of California and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are actively reviewing the investigations into the hanging deaths of two African American men in the cities of Palmdale and Victorville to determine whether foul play or civil rights violations played a role,” a spokesperson for the FBI Los Angeles Field Office said in a statement.

Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale on the morning of June 10. Nothing but the rope, contents of his pockets, and a backpack that he was wearing were found on the scene, Los Angeles County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said Monday.

Investigators are researching Fuller’s medical history and looking for the witness who reported Fuller’s body as well as searching for contacts in Arizona and Nevada. Sheriff’s investigators will also analyze Fuller’s cell phone and are also looking for neighborhood surveillance video.

About 50 miles away, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating Harsch's death near a homeless encampment on May 31. Investigators there have not recovered evidence of foul play, the sheriff’s department said.

12:31 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Upcoming executive order on policing looks to "incentivize best practices," official says

From CNN's Nikki Carjaval

An upcoming executive order on policing will create new incentives for “best practices” in police departments, senior administration officials said on Monday.

The order, which is set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will create a nationwide certification process for police departments and rely on incentives to steer local forces towards federal guidelines, including on use of force standards that prohibit chokeholds outside of situations where deadly force is allowed. 

During a call with reporters, one senior administration official said the team worked closely with “law enforcement professionals and their representatives, as well as with families and people who are killed by law enforcement and, and also their representatives" to craft the document.

“The goal of this is to bring police closer together with the communities,” the official said. “We're not looking to defund the police, we're looking to invest more and incentivize best practices.”

The official said the executive order has three main components, focusing on new, national credentialing and certification for officers and departments, “information sharing” on excessive use of force complaints against officers, and incentivizing a “co-responder program” to deal with issues like mental health and homelessness.

But there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of federal mandates. Asked how the Department of Justice would enforce the components of the order, the official answered that “a lot of the law enforcement is local.”

The order won’t mandate that federal funding be tied to meeting those best practices, another official said later, but it will make departments more “competitive” for federal grants if they meet those standards.

“It’s creating the ecosystem that rewards good behavior. One of those good behaviors, if I'm applying for federal grants, maybe you want to look at an accreditation that makes you more competitive," the official said.

US President Donald Trump has yet to comprehensively address issues of police reform or even acknowledge systemic racism in America and has not been heavily involved in drafting the executive order. Instead, the President has directed his energy on delivering a tough-talking law-and-order message and falsely portraying peaceful protesters as mostly violent.

12:29 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Atlanta police release 911 call from Rayshard Brooks shooting

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

In a 911 call released by Atlanta police from Rayshard Brooks' fatal shooting Friday, a Wendy’s employee told the operator she thought a man was drunk in his vehicle parked in her drive-thru causing other cars to drive around him.

The employee told the dispatcher she went to his window.

“He woke up, looked at me and I was like ‘you’ve got to move out the drive-thru’ because people can’t -- they’re going around him, he’s in the middle of the drive-thru just right there,” she said, according to the audio.

“And I asked him to pull over. If he had too much to drink to pull over and go to sleep,” she said.

The dispatcher asked the caller if she thought the man had a weapon.

“No, no. I think he’s intoxicated,” she said.

Some background: Brooks, 27, was shot and killed by police in a Wendy's parking lot Friday night. His death sparked protests this weekend, and prompted the sudden resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. The officer who shot Brooks, identified by police as Garrett Rolfe, has been fired, and a second officer involved in the encounter, Devin Brosnan, has been placed on administrative duty. CNN has reached out to the officers and police union for comment. 

Plenty of questions are unanswered, perhaps chief among them whether the officers will face charges.

12:27 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020

Newly released Minneapolis dispatcher audio reveals concern over officers' use of force on George Floyd

From CNN's Pierre Meilhan

A concerned dispatcher watching the death of George Floyd on surveillance cameras felt it was necessary to alert a supervisor about the use of force applied by the officers involved, according to an audio recording released by the Minneapolis Police Department on Monday.

The audio stamp on the recording indicates the call was made at 8:30 p.m. local time on May 25, around the time Floyd was being transported by ambulance to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

"I don't know, you can call me a snitch if you want to, but we have the cameras up for 320's call, and…I don't know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad, and all of them sat on this man, so I don't know if they needed you or not, but they haven't said anything to me yet,” the dispatcher said on the audio call.

The Minneapolis Police Department also released two 911 transcripts, including one from an unidentified off-duty city firefighter who witnessed the incident and said, “I’m on the block of 38th and Chicago and I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man, and I am a first responder myself, and I literally have it on video camera… I just happened to be on a walk so, this dude, this, they (expletive) killed him so..."

The off-duty firefighter offered to speak to a supervisor but when the 911 dispatcher tried to connect him, the call was disconnected, according to the transcript.

In another 911 transcript, an unidentified caller mentioned how an officer “pretty much just killed this guy that wasn’t resisting arrest.” The caller is then offered a chance to speak to a supervisor at the Minneapolis Third Precinct.