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A suspect in the shooting deaths of two officers in California had symbols linked to the extremist Boogaloo movement, a loosely knit group of heavily armed, anti-government extremists, US Attorney David Anderson said.
Steven Carrillo, 32, faces a federal murder charge in the May 29 drive-by shooting of David Patrick Underwood, a federal protective services officer, in Oakland, Anderson said. At the same time, a protest against police brutality was taking place nearby.
Carrillo, an active-duty staff sergeant stationed at Travis Air Force Base at the time of the shooting, is also the suspect in the June 6 death of a Santa Cruz sheriff's deputy, Sheriff Jim Hart said last week.
"The Boogaloo term is used by extremists to reference a violent uprising, or impending civil war in the United States," Anderson said.
"Pat Underwood was murdered because he wore a uniform," Anderson said.
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After meeting privately with US President Donald Trump, Wanda Cooper, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, told CNN's Don Lemon that Trump's executive order doesn't go far enough.
"I didn't think that order addresses anything that concerns Ahmaud's case at all," Cooper said.
Cooper added that she "didn't have high expectations" going into the meeting but wanted to learn more about the executive order.
Trump signed the executive order on Tuesday, enacting some reforms to train police and reduce the use of excessive force
Steven Gaynor, the President of Cobb County Fraternal Order of Police, said that the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks was justified under Georgia law.
Brooks, 27, was killed by an Atlanta police officer outside a Wendy's restaurant after failing a sobriety test, fighting with two officers, taking a Taser from one and running away.
"I think you can justify this case by Georgia law. It specifically gives the right based on the aggravated assault and the threat he poses to the public and the officers there," Gaynor told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "It specifically gives them by law the right to shoot him. He chose to make those actions. He chose to do what he did. He could have been like 100 other DUIs that night -- got arrested, bonded out, and brought home to his family."
Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired after footage showed him shooting at Brooks multiple times from the back as Brooks fled. The second officer, Devin Brosnan, is on administrative duty.
Gaynor said that a Taser is not a deadly weapon when used by a trained individual, because a "trained individual knows where to aim it," but "an untrained individual does not and then it becomes a deadly weapon at that point."
Of the officer's decision to shoot and not just let Brooks run away, Gaynor said, "now we know what the criminal history is, but we didn't know at the time."
"Could he carjack somebody? Could he be scared so much that he’s going to kidnap somebody in another car? Is he going to hurt a civilian? There’s a lot of things that come into play that you have to play out and go 'I am responsible for this person I was going to arrest' and he now has a weapon that I provided him because he took it from me," he said.
Gaynor said that Brooks' actions when he was placed under arrest "causes what occurs in his death, not the previous action where they are all compliant."
"They go to put the handcuffs on him -- a lawful arrest with detention -- and he chooses to fight. That causes all of these things to then spiral. So you’ve got to take those into account," Gaynor said.
Embattled Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Michele Fiore announced Tuesday she was stepping down -- a decision taken after she came under fire for allegedly making "racially charged" comments during the Clark County Republican convention earlier this month.
The Clark County Republican Party had said in a statement that, "Ms. Fiore’s remarks were clearly inappropriate and ran counter to the beliefs of the Clark County Republican Party."
The statement described her remarks as "irresponsible, insensitive and inaccurate" and called on her "to issue an apology to those in attendance as well as to the community at large."
Fiore told reporters at a news conference she wanted "to be clear on stating that there is no room for racial division, social justice is a human right, for all."
"And I say this because I've spent the last eight years working tirelessly to give equal opportunity, and an equal voice to all the focus of our community needs to be on healing, not hatred. And I would hope that we could all come together and focus on justice, not chaos," Fiore said.
Fiore went on to say her "time would be better spent on a course of action that will help repair that many hurting communities who have been affected by this deep divide."
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman came to Fiore’s defense during the news conference, saying she believes the former mayor pro tem should not be "considered or have been considered a racist or a bigot. She has just been loyal and giving to every community all the time, and I believe she has the best of intentions. And always, the biggest heart."
Fiore’s announcement comes as the city has been the scene of protests over George Floyd’s death and to condemn systemic racism and police brutality.
New concrete street barriers that allow some vehicle access into Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest are being installed in the six-block occupied zone, a sign of cooperation between protest organizers and city leaders after a week of protests.
The new barriers, which are made of wood and concrete and can be painted, will replace the makeshift barricades put in place by protesters that have blocked street access, the city said.
On Tuesday, crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation were seen installing the new barriers in the protest zone.
A news release from Mayor Jenny Durkan's office says the barriers will allow for traffic to resume throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood as well as "ease access for residents of apartment building(s) in the surrounding areas, and help local businesses manage deliveries and logistics."
The changes happened after a Sunday meeting held with protest organizers. Work on the changes began early Tuesday morning.
Police, meanwhile have still not returned to Seattle's East Precinct station, which is located inside the occupied zone. On Monday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said officers would only be responding to calls in the zone for life-threatening emergencies, as the occupation shows no signs of waning.
"If you ask me about the current situation, it's not one that I like, but we do have to make sure that we balance public safety with our ability to engage with the people," Best said Monday. "We have to thread the needle there and we have to make sure people are safe, but we don't want to have a confrontation that ends up with more people hurt."
A lawyer for the family of Rayshard Brooks said on Tuesday he's been flooded with calls from people in the community, who have had negative interaction with former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.
Rolfe was fired after footage showed him shooting at Brooks multiple times from the back as Brooks fled.
"We’ve turned over the significant ones to the authorities," attorney L. Chris Stewart said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Stewart added that he will be following up on all the complaints and looking into why nearly 12 of them were dismissed.
On Monday, Atlanta police released the disciplinary records for the two officers involved in the fatal shooting.
Rolfe's record shows a use of force complaint from September 19, 2016, which resulted in a written reprimand the following year. It also included several citizen complaints, all with notes that no action was taken.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. is weighing charges for both officers. He expects to make a decision as soon as Wednesday.
Senator Tim Scott and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce the Republican police reform bill Wednesday morning in a 9:30 a.m. ET news conference.
They, along with Senators Shelley Moore Capito, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, James Lankford and Ben Sasse will detail the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act.
They say the JUSTICE Act “provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency,” according to a news release from Scott’s office.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller condemned the violence that led to a shooting at yesterday’s demonstration and announced at a news conference today that the city will be removing the statue that sparked the protest.
“The shooting last night in Old Town at the Oñate sculpture was a horrific and unacceptable act of violence,” Keller said today at a news conference provided to CNN by affiliate KOAT.
“Last night the sculpture became more than a symbol, it became a matter of public safety, and it is being removed today,” Keller added.
The protest was over a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate.
Both the mayor and city’s police chief also reiterated that the violence was the result of a small minority of “agitators.”
“The continued involvement of agitators, whether the single individual or group of vigilantes is resulting in this violence,” Police Chief Mike Geier said today.
“Our officers gathered more than 20 guns from just four individuals,” Geier explained.
Keller also echoed the reports from protesters that the man arrested for shooting and seriously injuring a protester was harassing the crowd.
Steven Ray Baca, 31, was arrested in connection with the shooting, according to Albuquerque police. Baca is accused of aggravated battery.
“It appears that the perpetrator was agitating at the protest well before the shooting took place,” Keller said.
The investigation into the shooting has been handed off to the state police “to make sure that this is an independent investigation,” Keller said.