June 19 Black Lives Matter protest news

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Helen Regan and Steve George, CNN

Updated 1:04 AM ET, Sat June 20, 2020
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12:24 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020

Grand jury indicts officer Eric DeValkenaere in fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb in 2019

From CNN's Raja Razek

Jackson County grand jury indicted Kansas City police officer Eric DeValkenaere in the fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb in December 2019, according to Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office news release on Thursday.

The grand jury’s indictment, signed today by the foreperson, charges officer Eric DeValkenaere with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for recklessly causing the death of Lamb, who was shot while sitting in his pickup truck as he was backing into his garage.

CNN has reached out to Eric DeValkenaere for comment.

Relatives of Lamb were among several families of black Americans who have been killed by police to meet with President Donald Trump earlier this week.

12:24 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020

Former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe moved for security reasons 

From CNN's Ryan Young and Devon Sayers 

Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.
Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe. Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe has been moved from the Fulton County Jail to another metro-Atlanta facility for security reasons, according to three law enforcement sources.

Rolfe, who faces 11 charges related to the death of Rayshard Brooks, turned himself in to the Fulton County Jail earlier on Thursday.

12:24 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020

Senior State Department official resigns over Trump's response to nationwide unrest: Washington Post

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

A top State Department official is resigning from her post over President Donald Trump's response to the surge of protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the nation, The Washington Post reported Thursday. 

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, wrote in a resignation letter obtained by the Post that "The President's comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions."

"I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs," she said. 

Reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson told CNN, "We do not comment on personnel matters."

Taylor's resignation comes as Trump continues to lean into his forceful approach to the ongoing demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. The gruesome video of Floyd's killing while in Minneapolis police custody has prompted the kind of soul searching about the role of police in society and systemic racism that many advocates have urged for decades.

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12:23 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020

Former Atlanta police officer expected in court Friday

From CNN's Jennifer Henderson and Devon Sayers

Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe is expected in court on Friday at noon, according to emails sent to CNN from his attorney’s spokesperson and the Fulton County Clerk’s office.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department said earlier today that Rolfe had waived his first appearance. The Fulton County Clerk of Court also said earlier this afternoon no court appearance had been scheduled.

Rolfe faces felony murder and 10 other charges in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Rolfe shot Brooks at a Wendy's drive-thru last week. Prosecutors allege that Rolfe declared, "I got him" after firing the shots and he did not provide medical attention for two minutes and 12 seconds.