June 20 Black Lives Matter protest news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Brett McKeehan and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 12:19 a.m. ET, June 21, 2020
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5:01 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Minnesota governor says he's "a really angry citizen" after police reform bill fails

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz voiced frustration after a police reform bill failed to pass the state Legislature Saturday.

"I don't know how in this regard for me to stay kind of above that as a statesman in this other than finding myself as a really angry citizen," Walz said. "That is just irresponsible and malpractice of what should have happened here." 

Walz said he'll own his share of the blame for why the bill wasn't passed, but he is still there to get the deal done while others have gone home. 

The governor said that he felt that relationships were being repaired before the bill failed.

"I have to tell you I question how serious it was to reach some type of deal," Walz said. 

Walz said he is worried that the public will be mad that the bill wasn't finished and urged his counterparts to "come back to this Capitol and we'll decide on this."

4:03 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

North Carolina governor orders removal of all Confederate monuments on capitol grounds

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered that all Confederate monuments on capitol grounds be removed to protect public safety, according to a statement released by his office on Saturday.

“I am concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site,” Cooper said. "Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way."

Some context: Cooper’s sentiments on Confederate monuments are not new. In 2017, he called for Confederate monuments on state capitol grounds to be relocated to museums or related historical sites where they could be viewed in context, according to the statement. 

3:40 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Protesters gather for a Black Lives Matter rally in Manhattan

A small crowd, of about 50 to 75 people, is gathering in Foley Square in Manhattan for a Black Lives Matter protest.

The protesters had just walked from Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, into Manhattan’s Foley Square, according to a CNN producer on scene.

People gather for a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan.
People gather for a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan.

People gather for a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan.
People gather for a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan.
2:50 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

CEO says companies need to acknowledge, lead and act to combat racism in corporate America

Tristan Walker speaks during TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2015.
Tristan Walker speaks during TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2015. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands, a company focused on selling personal care products for people of color, said businesses need to take a three-step process to address racism: acknowledge, lead and act.

Acknowledge: Walker said the first step is to understand and recognize the trauma that people of color face relating to fairness and equity, specifically those who work for the company.

Lead: He said the second step is for businesses to put in practices that serve as a model.

"A lot of companies really talk about the values that they have at their companies. And I challenge those companies to see do those employees even know what those values are? Are they standing firm in those values?" he said, adding the only way to stand firm is to make decisions with those values in mind.

Act: The third step is not about just donating to a few organizations, but instead following up and taking steps that make the workplace more diverse and representative, he said.

"Are you hiring folks who represent the audience that you're serving? Are you putting folks on your boards that represent the audience that you're serving?" Walker said. "When I think about folks of color more broadly, we're already the majority of the world. It is our duty to serve these folks in ways that they deserve to be treated."

5:05 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Investigators working with the idea that Rayshard Brooks had relationship with Wendy's arson suspect

From CNN’s Ryan Young

Demonstrators watch a Wendy's restaurant burn in Atlanta during a protest over the shooting of Rayshard Brooks.
Demonstrators watch a Wendy's restaurant burn in Atlanta during a protest over the shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Atlanta Fire and Rescue issued an arrest warrant for Natalie White who has been identified as a suspect in the arson that burned down an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant last Saturday evening.

The arson occurred one day after Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in the Wendy’s parking lot.

Investigators are working with the idea that Rayshard Brooks had a relationship with Natalie White, a source told CNN.

In bodycam video that police released last Saturday, Rayshard Brooks tells police that Natalie White is his girlfriend.

3:02 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Washington Redskins to retire number of their first Black player

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

Bobby Mitchell runs the ball during a game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins in 1963.
Bobby Mitchell runs the ball during a game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins in 1963. Nate Fine/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins announced in a news release on Saturday that the NFL franchise will honor the late Bobby Mitchell by retiring his number 49. 

This move marks only the second time in the team’s 88-year history a jersey number will be retired.

The team also revealed the lower level of Fedex Field will now don Mitchell’s name as a tribute to the Hall of Fame running back and receiver.

"There is no one more deserving of these honors than the late Bobby Mitchell,” said team owner Dan Snyder in the statement. “Bobby was one of the most influential players not only in our team's history, but in the National Football League. He excelled on the field, in the front office and most importantly in his community where he had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many through his charitable efforts. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known.”

Some more background: Mitchell, who passed away in April, played seven of his 11 NFL seasons in Washington.

In 1961, Mitchell was traded to Washington from the Cleveland Browns, and became the first African American to play for the franchise. 

"Bobby was our Jackie Robinson. He had to handle the pressure of being the first African American football player to integrate the Washington Redskins,” said former Redskins safety Brig Owens in the release. “In the face of great adversity, he served as a role model for the Washington, DC, community, The Redskins, its fan base and the NFL.”

Owens added, “He was more than an exceptional football player and athlete, he was an exceptional human being. He was like a brother to me."

Mitchell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times during his career and was a three-time First Team All Pro selection.

Upon Mitchell's retirement in 1968, his 14,078 all-purpose yards were the second most in NFL history, according to team’s news release. He also served in the team’s front office totaling 41 years with the franchise while capturing three Super Bowl titles.

The team will officially retire Mitchell’s jersey number during a ceremony at a future home game.

2:46 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Airport police officer charged for trespassing near Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

A Richmond Airport police officer was charged for trespassing outside the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, according to a Richmond Police press release. 

Riley O’Shaughnessey, 38, was charged with trespassing after he was allegedly spotted with a handgun on the roof of an unoccupied building that overlooks the monument around 7 a.m., the release said. 

O’Shaughnessey "is employed as an officer with the Richmond International Airport Police Department," the release said. He was not carrying any law enforcement identification, according to the release. 

O’Shaughnessey was "charged with trespassing, a class one misdemeanor which is a releasable summons. There is no weapons charge as it was being carried lawfully," the release said. 

2:24 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Rayshard Brooks funeral details released

From CNN’s Erica Henry

The exterior of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
The exterior of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Details for Rayshard Brooks' funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Tuesday were released today. 

Dr. Bernice King and Rev. Raphael Warnock will speak at the service.

Warnock is the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church and is running for the Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler.

Some background: Brooks, 27, was shot dead by an officer last week at a Wendy's drive-thru in the city of Atlanta after police moved to handcuff him for suspected driving under the influence, according to videos from the scene.

1:36 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Here's the latest on the anti-racism protests across the US

Since the killing of George Floyd, police brutality and institutional racism have been at the forefront of protests across the US.

Here's what you need to know this afternoon:

  • Rebranding: The owners of Eskimo Pie ice cream are planning to change the name and the marketing of the brand, saying the term is "derogatory."
  • Activism: WNBA player Renee Montgomery will be taking this season off to focus on social justice reform, saying she wants to keep the momentum going. She will work to educate voters and be sure polling locations are open and running smoothly.
  • Monuments: Police in Richmond, Virginia, arrested an armed individual near the Robert E. Lee monument. Before that, a CNN local affiliate reported there were several armed and unarmed citizens guarding the statue from being defaced.
  • Atlanta: An arrest warrant has been issued for the person identified as a suspect in the arson fire that burned down a Wendy’s last week. The warrant is for first degree arson.