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LAPD to stop using carotid holds effective immediately

Protesters march past LAPD officers during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, in downtown Los Angeles, California, on June 6.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles Police Commission President Eileen Decker agreed to an immediate moratorium on the training and use of carotid restraints on Monday.

A carotid restraint compresses the neck arteries and restricts blood flow to the brain, rendering a person unconscious.

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that the moratorium would be in place “until such time that the Board of Police Commissioners can conduct a detailed review.”

It follows a similar moratorium from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

“There will be an immediate moratorium on the use of the LASD carotid restraint in all situations which do not rise to the level of deadly force,” the department said in a statement. 

According to the statement, which lists eight use of force policies the department currently uses, “all LASD personnel are prohibited from using chokeholds, strangleholds, and carotid restraints performed with legs, knees, or feet.”

St. Louis man arrested in fatal shooting of retired police officer David Dorn

A St. Louis man has been charged with murder in the death of retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, who was shot during a pawn shop burglary in last week’s protests in the city. 

Stephan Cannon, 24, of St. Louis was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said in a statement released on Twitter Sunday.

No bond is allowed for Cannon, Gardner said.

Dorn, 77, was killed when he responded to an alarm at the pawn shop during the early morning hours of June 2, the St. Louis Police Department said last week. The retired officer was providing security for the store.

About 55 businesses in the city were burglarized and had property damage that night, city Police Chief John Hayden told reporters last week.

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St. Louis man arrested in fatal shooting of retired police officer David Dorn

Officer charged in killing repeatedly suggested rolling George Floyd over, lawyer says

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane.

A lawyer representing one of the former police officers charged in George Floyd’s death, claims that Floyd was resisting arrest and that his client suggested rolling Floyd over while officer Derek Chauvin was kneeling on his neck. 

Earl Gray, attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, described the body camera footage from the scene, which has not been made public.

Gray said that if the public saw the full body camera footage from Lane, “I believe they would have a different opinion.”

“It wasn’t a violent resistance, but it was not a kind of nonresistance that an individual should do when a police officer is arresting him,” Gray said of Floyd.

Lane, 37, had only been on the force for four days when he helped to restrain Floyd, according to his lawyer.

“My client is holding his legs, Mr. Floyd is saying he can’t breathe and my client says to the 20-year veteran Chauvin should we roll him over,” Gray said.
“Lane asked, should we roll him on his side and officer Chauvin said no,” Gray said. “Now, we’ve got a 20-year officer here and a four-day officer in my client.”
“Then later, my client again says, do you want to roll him on his side? This is right before the ambulance comes and again he’s not rolled on his side.”

Gray said that Lane “did not want to see the man die” and started to perform CPR on Floyd.

“My client is holding his feet. When the ambulance comes, my client goes in the ambulance. Four days on the force … and starts his own CPR, pushing down on his chest, which he did for a lengthy period of time, until they got the machine on,” according to Gray.

Officers Chauvin, Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were responding to a call about a $20 counterfeit bill on May 25 when they detained Floyd

Chauvin – who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes – was charged last Wednesday with a new, more serious count of second-degree murder. 

Kueng, Thao and Lane were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Reebok cuts ties with CrossFit after CEO's controversial tweets about George Floyd

Gyms across the country are dropping their affiliation with CrossFit over the company’s response to last week’s protests.

Gym owners say they were dismayed by CrossFit’s failure to quickly put out a statement expressing solidarity with protesters or support for black athletes, as dozens of corporations did in the days following George Floyd’s death. Then on Saturday, CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman posted several controversial tweets referencing Floyd’s death and the coronavirus pandemic, sparking outrage online. 

That led Reebok and other brand partners to distance themselves from CrossFit. Glassman apologized and walked back the tweets on Sunday. 

“I, CrossFit HQ, and the CrossFit community will not stand for racism,” Glassman said on Twitter. “I made a mistake by the words I chose yesterday. My heart is deeply saddened by the pain it has caused. It was a mistake, not racist but a mistake. Floyd is a hero in the black community and not just a victim. I should have been sensitive to that and wasn’t. I apologize for that.”

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Minneapolis Mayor says he supports "major structural reform" of policing after being booed by protesters

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks with demonstrators calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to be defunded on June 6, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he supports “major structural reform” of police departments.

His comments, in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, comes after Frey was met with a chorus of boos on Saturday after telling a group of demonstrators he did not support abolishing the city police department.

Frey said that protesters “called me up and asked me if I was willing right there to commit to getting rid of the police. And I was honest.”

“If we’re talking about massive cultural shift in the way our police department does business, I’m on board. If we’re talking about major structural reform that pushes back on the horrid nature of how our police departments have treated black and brown communities, I am fully on board. If we’re talking about abolishing the entire police department, I was honest, that’s not where I am,” Frey said.

Frey said that people are right to be angry, frustrated and upset right now.

“Let’s be very real here. George Floyd was murdered by one of our police officers, we need to recognize that and acknowledge it. The next step is to harness all of that energy and anger and sadness that we have, and commit to realtime, real reforms,” Frey said.

Frey also said that it’s the system that “inhibits the culture shift from happening” and police unions are standing in the way.

“If the chief or I are prevented from disciplining and terminating officers because of the system that’s in place, that inhibits the culture shift from happening,” Frey said. “We’ve seen it again and again and again, where officers are disciplined or terminated they work their way through the process.”

Minneapolis City Council President on dismantling the police department: "The system of policing isn't working"

Lisa Bender speaks with Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time.

Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department following the police killing of George Floyd.

Council President Lisa Bender spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo about what that would really mean.

“What we pledged was to start a year-long conversation with Minneapolis residents to help us reimagine what public safety looks like as we make those short-term fixes that are so clearly needed in our department,” Bender said.

Bender said the pledge was a “long-term commitment” in which the city would need to “build up those systems of public safety as the highest priority, along with getting more accountability in our police department.”

Would someone still respond to 911 calls? “If something is happening there needs to be someone to call. We need to make sure every single person in our community feels safe. But we have a crisis of confidence in our police department,” Bender said.

How would that work? “We’ve looked at every reason that folks call 911. Why are people in Minneapolis calling for help? And we’re starting to pair what’s the right response to those calls. In the short term that helps our police officers focus on the work that they’re trained to do, while we have a better response to people who have a mental health crisis or a physical health crisis,” Bender added.

Policing “isn’t working” for many: “The system of policing isn’t working for a lot of victims of crime. We have thousands of rape kits that have gone untested. We need to improve our response to all kinds of different violations of public safety, because again that trust in the system is so eroded that our community is across the board,” Bender said.

“We should look at budget, community safety, our city’s charter, and understand ways we can adjust our charter, which would include potentially going to a vote of the people to make some of these longer term changes,” Bender said. “The commitment we made is real, the work is serious, and it builds on years of investment in our community. And those answers will absolutely be made in partnership with our community. With lots of community engagement.”

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Police unions dig in as calls for reform grow

A crowd of police officers in Philadelphia gathered outside their local union headquarters on Monday to show their support for one of their own – a staff inspector facing assault charges after allegedly beating a college student at an anti-racism protest last week.

Like all criminal defendants, Philadelphia Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna is innocent until proven guilty. But it seemed like the crowd of more than 100 applauding officers already made up their minds, despite viral footage of Bologna hitting the student in the back of the head with a metal baton, sending him to the hospital. 

Following the rally, the union that represents Bologna issued a statement, saying it “will not stand-by and watch Inspector Bologna get railroaded.”

As public opinion shifts on issues of police violence and racial discrimination, and cities begin to rethink their approach to law enforcement, powerful police unions across the country are digging in, and preparing for a once-in-a-generation showdown over policing.

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Protesters take a knee on Flatbush Avenue in front of New York City police officers during a solidarity rally for George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Police unions dig in as calls for reform grow

Venus Williams: “Just as sexism is not only a ‘women's issue,’ racism is not only a ‘black issue’”

Venus Williams practices ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, in Melbourne, Australia.

Tennis great Venus Williams posted on Instagram on Monday, saying that, “just as sexism is not only a ‘women’s issue,’ racism is not only a ‘black issue.’”

Williams said that she was “deeply saddened that it has taken multiple acts of police brutality to make people painfully aware of the racism that still pervades America.” But she also said she was “amazed at the solidarity that has erupted across the USA.”

“In the past, I had the honor of fighting for equal prize money for all women’s players at the grand slams in tennis. To make this even more simple to understand, just as sexism is not only a ‘women’s issue,’ racism is not only a ‘black issue.’
When we fought for and won equal prize money, everyone pitched in, men and women, all colors all races. And we won,” Williams said. “When the majority groups stay quiet, when they sit in the chair of disbelief, they unwittingly condone the oppression of marginalized groups. Those with power and privilege actually have an easier time getting heard. They must CONTINUALLY exercise that privilege!”

Video shows police arrest black man reported dancing in the street

A black man dancing in the street of a Northern California city was pinned to the ground and placed under arrest by police after officers were called to the scene, newly-released officer bodycam video shows. 

The incident in Alameda has prompted the city’s police chief to request an independent investigation into the officers’ actions.

What happened: The May 23 arrest occurred after police received a call from a woman who said “an African-American man is dancing in the street and clearly something is wrong with him.” 

A series of bodycam videos released on Saturday shows police officers approach the man, identified as Mali Watkins, as he stood next to a sidewalk in a street.

Man is pushed to the ground: Officers question the man, who says he had been dancing as a form of exercise, and as he tries to walk away, police grab his wrists, push him to the ground and handcuff him. He implores a witness, a woman across the street, to record the incident. He repeatedly asks police why ​they are touching him and refusing to let him go. Police tell him he is resisting arrest. 

“Resisting arrest”: City of Alameda spokesperson Sarah Henry said Watkins, who is a city resident, was arrested and cited for resisting arrest. She would not say if the officers have been placed on leave or faced any disciplinary action, citing department policy not to release such information.

Watkins could not be reached for comment. The Alameda District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

The arrest was condemned by the city’s vice mayor, who called for an independent investigation into the incident.

“I am outraged and I am sad and I am committed to ensuring that there is a full, independent investigation and that there is accountability for those involved, including those who created a system that allowed this to happen,” Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White said in a statement.

Washington state governor calls for review into police using chokeholds

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said he wants police across the state to restrict the use of chokeholds in restraining suspects, following large protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

“We need to rethink the use of police force, and look more broadly at police tactics,” Inslee said at a news conference Monday.

Inslee said the Washington State Patrol already tightly regulates the use of chokeholds that restrict a person’s airflow, with limited exceptions when an officer’s life is in danger. He added that he wants all law enforcement agencies to adopt similar rules.

“Possibly there are things where life itself is in danger … but police are going to have to convince us that that’s the situation,” Inslee said.

The governor is calling for independent state investigations of all police misconduct allegations that involve a person being seriously hurt or killed. He also proposes reform allowing police who fail to report misconduct by other officers to be held personally responsible.

At the same time, Inslee said he is not in favor of proposals to dramatically cut law enforcement budgets.

“If some woman’s being domestically abused, they want to get that call answered pronto so that, that can be a police response,” he said. “We don’t want to lose that response.”

Attorney general says the actions of a few bad officers doesn't mean there's a systemic problem

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with law enforcement officials at the White House on June 8.

Attorney General William Barr said that he understands why some view George Floyd’s death as “manifestations of institutional racism in police departments,” but argued that there’s been great reform already over the past half-century, and that the actions of a few bad officers doesn’t mean there is a systemic problem. 

Barr wouldn’t comment on the police reform proposal introduced by congressional Democrats on Monday, saying that he hasn’t reviewed it yet, but said that the Trump administration’s own policing commission would be releasing its own reform proposals “very shortly.” He said he thought there will need to be “strong federal participation” in the broader reform effort to “help set standards.” 

The attorney general said that chokeholds should be banned as a police tactic except in cases when police officers are confronted with lethal force. That stance has been backed previously by national policing groups, and stops short of reform put in place in cities across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death, including Minneapolis, to ban the maneuver altogether. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to stop using carotid holds

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) issued an immediate moratorium on the use of carotid restraints on Monday.

“There will be an immediate moratorium on the use of the LASD carotid restraint in all situations which do not rise to the level of deadly force,” the department said in a statement. 

According to the statement, which lists eight use of force policies the department currently uses, “all LASD personnel are prohibited from using chokeholds, strangleholds, and carotid restraints performed with legs, knees, or feet.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday directed police departments in California to stop training officers to use carotid holds, calling the technique “a strangle hold that puts people’s lives at risk.”

The San Diego Police Department and the Sacramento Police Department announced last week they will stop using the restraint effective immediately.

George Floyd's brothers remember him as a "gentle giant"

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd is overcome with emotion while speaking to the media in front of the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on June 8.

The brothers of George Floyd spoke today in Houston on the eve of his funeral.

They remembered him as a “gentle giant,” a “huge role model,” and “wonderful man, father, human being.”

“If he was told he would have to sacrifice his life to bring the world together, and knowing him, I know he would’ve did it,” his younger brother Rodney Floyd said.

Philonise Floyd vowed to get justice for his brother.

“We will get justice. We will get it. We will not let this door close,” Philonise Floyd said.

Houston police chief: Defunding law enforcement would be "an invitation to chaos"

Houston police chief Art Acevedo.

The police chief of Houston, Texas, said calls to “defund the police” as a way of reforming law enforcement are misguided.

“Disbanding the police doesn’t make any sense,” Chief Art Acevedo told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Monday. “It’s an invitation to chaos.”

Acevedo said he believes activists who are advocating defunding or dismantling police are out of touch with underserved communities who are upset by racism, but still want a safe place to live.

“Communities don’t want less police, they want good policing. They’re demanding good policing,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo said the outrage over Floyd’s death is a real turning point, and he told that to the family.

“There’s a great awakening that this death has caused like I’ve never seen before, and George Floyd’s death will end up leading to systemic change in our country,” Acevedo said. “God used him as a vessel, and they need to really believe that.”

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Peaceful protests continue across the US

Today marks the 14th day of protests across the US following the death of George Floyd.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the man begged for his life, had his bail set at $1.25 million during a Monday hearing.

Floyd’s death sparked two weeks of global protests that saw some of the largest crowds yet over the weekend. While the earlier days of unrest included buildings on fire and looting, protests have since remained mostly peaceful.

Here’s what the protests look like around the country:

New York

Protesters gather in front of Borough Hall in New York.

Atlanta

Los Angeles

Caskets are laid out in the shape of a cross on June 8, in Los Angeles during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

New Orleans police superintendent says they're investigating why rubber balls were used on protesters 

Police line up near the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 3.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said his office is investigating why rubber balls were used on protesters in New Orleans on June 3.

Previously, Ferguson said police only used tear gas on protesters, but on Monday said an investigation has shown rubber balls were also used. Ferguson said neither he nor the commanding officer on scene authorized the use of rubber balls.

Ferguson said that in the 22 years that he has been with the department, rubber balls, though a part of their arsenal, have not been used as dispersal method. 

Ferguson said they are investigating the incident and communication breakdown. 

“Wednesday night started as a peaceful protest, but unfortunately it escalated to an encounter that none of us would like to see happen. It resulted in citizens being hurt. It resulted in officers now being hurt. So, we know this is something we would never want to see as a result of interaction between our officers and our citizens. Our number one goal is the safety of our community, the safety of our officers,” Ferguson said.

He added: “This is a dark hour that particular night. But this does not define the citizens of New Orleans, this does not define our police department.”

The police department plans to release more information on the incident and investigation on Tuesday afternoon, according to a department spokesperson.

Atlanta mayor says defunding police is not "the solution" in her city

In the wake of cries for police reform following the killing of George Floyd, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says defunding and dismantling the police force is not “the solution in Atlanta.”

“What people really are crying out for for more dollars to be allocated to social support services and what they see as over-policing,” Bottoms told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “I think it’s going to be incumbent upon people to really dig into municipal budgets which can be a complicated process, but really look at what the cities are doing and the solutions may not always be defunding police as much as making sure that we are allocating funding in our budget for these programs that are so important to our community.”

Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department. 

President Trump has rejected calls for disbanding police departments and has used the defunding the police campaign to attack Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Biden’s campaign spokesperson said in a statement that the presidential candidate does not support defunding the police.

“That’s been my concern that this would be weaponized against people across this country who are well intentioned,” Bottoms said. “They want better support services for communities. They want less policing and more partnership within our communities, and I think that when you simplify a message it feeds right into Donald Trump’s strong suit. He is able to simplify messages and amplify them as propaganda, but again, I think that’s where it’s incumbent upon us as leaders of good conscience to help articulate and convey to communities when this real work is already happening.” 

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Thousands pay tribute to George Floyd at public viewing in Houston

People wait in line to attend the public viewing for George Floyd outside the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas, on June 8.

Thousands of mourners gathered today at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas, to view the body of George Floyd.

Following social distancing guidelines, visitors filed into the church six feet apart and wearing masks. Each person is allowed only a few seconds to pay their respects to Floyd, who lays in a golden casket, shrouded by several bouquets of white flowers.

Many of the visitors wore shirts supporting Black Lives Matter and with Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe.” 

With gospel songs playing in the background from artist including CeCe Winans and Kurt Carr, several mourners wiped away tears as they stopped in front of the casket. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking outside the viewing of Floyd, called his death “the most horrific tragedy” he has ever observed and vowed that his life and death would “change the arc of the future of the United States.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rev. Jesse Jackson, actor Kevin Hart and rappers Master P and Ludacris were also in attendance. Lawmakers from Ghana paid tribute to Floyd in a taped presentation where Barbara Oteng Gyasi, the Minister of Tourism, unveiled a plaque and mural.

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US mayors team up on police reform and racial justice

The United States Conference of Mayors launched a new working group to address “police violence and patterns of racial discrimination,” the group – known as USCM – said in a statement Monday.

The working group – led by the mayors of Chicago, Tampa and Cincinnati – aims to outline specific recommendations on policing practices.

“Mayors are going to lead this fight,” Bryan K. Barnett, USCM president and mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, said in the statement. “The nation’s mayors are committed to dismantling the systemic racism that exists in our country. Black Americans have been denied the promise of equality and justice in this country for too long, and that must end now,” he said.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said: “This is about generational discrimination in our communities, and police accountability is a crucial part of the work that needs to be done to address this issue in a holistic manner.”

US Army open to renaming military bases that bear Confederate names

Tents used to house troops returning from Middle East deployments are set up at a remote training area at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on March 17. The fort was named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is now open to a “bipartisan conversation” about renaming nearly a dozen major installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders, according to an Army official.

This is a significant change for the Army which has long said these bases were named after the Civil War as part of an effort towards reconciliation between northern and southern states.

The official said McCarthy is acutely aware that while he could likely unilaterally rename them, there needs to be consultation with the White House, Congress and state and local governments.

The Army installations involved currently include thousands of troops and families that are an integral part of the communities where they are locate such as Fort Bragg, North Carolina, named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

The official Army website cited his service in the Mexican American war as the reason the original installation Camp Bragg was named after him. Other bases named after Confederate officers include Fort Hood in Texas and Fort AP Hill in Virginia.

Los Angeles mayor says he "fully supports" decision not to prosecute peaceful protesters

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stands with protesters in downtown Los Angeles outside of City Hall on Tuesday, June 2.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he “fully supports” the city attorney’s decision not to prosecute peaceful protesters who were arrested for breaking curfew of failing to disperse.

The decision does not apply to those accused of violence, looting or vandalism. 

“This moment has the potential to bend the arc of our future toward a more fair and just city and country for everyone, if we’re willing to seize it,” Garcetti said in a statement.

He continued: “I hope Angelenos will stay engaged in the cause to bring transformational progress. That is how we will continue the hard, necessary work of rooting out racism from our institutions, policies, laws and communities.”

Arkansas governor to announce policing task force tomorrow

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson made two announcements today in regards to steps they have taken in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Hutchinson announced the National Guard is going back on normal status. 

“In essence they have been deactivated. They were called up as a support and caution,” he said.  

The governor said he plans to make an announcement tomorrow at 11 a.m. about a task force that deals with police training, certifications and standards. He explained he had been having some very good meetings with protest leaders who he called “wonderful leaders in our community,” and some young leaders across the state. Hutchinson said though he told them he would have an executive order ready today, instead it would be ready tomorrow. 

Trump: "There won't be defunding, there won't be dismantling of our police"

The words “Defund The Police” are seen painted on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

President Trump said that there will be no defunding or disbanding of police departments and claimed that 99% of police officers are “great, great people,” during a roundtable with members of law enforcement at the White House on Monday.

Trump praised the law enforcement leaders in the room and touted the low crime rates in the United States this year. The President said it has been a “very strong year for less crime.”

“There won’t be defunding, there won’t be dismantling of our police. And there’s not going to be any disbanding of our police, our police have been letting us live in peace,” Trump said.

The President said he wants to make sure that there are no “bad actors,” but he feels 99% of police are “great great people.”

“Sometimes you’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently but 99, I say 99.9, but let’s go with 99% of them are great great people and they’ve done jobs that are record setting,” Trump said.

He refused again to take questions from reporters about his administration’s response to the protest movement Monday. 

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Catch up: Here are latest developments 

People wait to attend the public memorial for George Floyd outside of the Fountain of Praise church on Monday in Houston, Texas.

If you are just joining us, here are the latest headlines related to George Floyd’s case, police reform and Black Lives Matter protests.

Mourners honor Floyd during public visitation: A continuous flow of mourners arrived at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston today to pay their respects to Floyd. People were lined up in two separate lines at a social distance inside the church and permitted to view the body of Floyd for about five seconds before being directed to move on.

Floyd, 46, grew up in the city’s Third Ward and will be buried in Houston next to his mother, according to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mayor Sylvester Turner were among those who visited Floyd’s casket at the church. A private funeral will be held at the same church tomorrow in Houston. 

Ex-Minneapolis police officer’s bail set at $1.25 million: Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the man begged for his life, had his bail set at $1.25 million during a hearing today. Like his fellow officers who were arrested, Chauvin was offered a reduced bail of $1 million if he agrees to certain conditions, including that he not work in security or law enforcement, not have contact with Floyd’s family, not leave Minnesota and surrender all firearms and permits.

Democrats announce police and justice reform legislation: Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats