May 31 George Floyd protest news

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12:20 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Minnesota officials believe there are white supremacists attending demonstrations

Law enforcement officials in Minnesota believe there are white supremacists attending demonstrations in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell on Sunday night.

"They're agitators," he said, adding that authorities are trying to break up groups so "agitators" don't gather and incite chaos.

He also added that there have been reports of Antifa attending the demonstrations.

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, describes a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left -- often the far left -- but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform. 

12:16 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Oklahoma City enforces curfew after protests turn violent

The mayor of Oklahoma City has enacted a curfew for downtown areas, from 10 p.m. local time until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

City police said on Twitter that a crowd near police headquarters was being dispersed, after the protests became non-peaceful and objects were thrown at officers.

Police are now calling it an “unlawful assembly” and telling protestors to disband.

12:09 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Ex-officer Derek Chauvin has been moved to a Minnesota Department of Corrections facility

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd, has been moved to a Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Oak Park Heights, northeast of Minneapolis.

He was moved for a number of reasons, including concerns about Covid-19 and that a large number of people could be booked into Hennepin County Jail due to ongoing protests, said Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell late Sunday night.

Chauvin was transferred to Hennepin County Jail earlier today, a spokesperson for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told CNN in an email. 

12:01 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

The man who drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters has been charged with assault

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Bogdan Vechirko, the man who drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters on a Minnesota interstate on Sunday night, has been charged with assault, according to records at the Hennepin County Jail.

The incident took place on the I-35W bridge. Aerial video from CNN affiliate WCCO appears to show Vechirko in a scrum with protesters as officers took him away, and law enforcement said he was treated at a hospital. A mugshot of Vechirko shows what appear to be minor injuries to his nose and eyes.

It appears no protesters were hurt, said the Department of Public Safety, which described Vechirko’s actions as “inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.” 

Vechirko is now being held without bail.

11:39 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Fire at St. John's Church in Washington, DC is being extinguished

From CNN’s Greg Clary

The Washington DC fire department is extinguishing a fire in the basement of St. John's Church, it said on Twitter.

The iconic church is just blocks from the White House, and is known as the “Church of the Presidents” because many presidents have attended services there, including President Donald Trump.

There have been protests in the area all day, and protesters set several fires there Sunday evening.

The city is now under curfew, which went into effect at 11 p.m. local time and will be active until 6 a.m. Monday morning.

11:40 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

The Floyd family and Minneapolis police have their first contact live on CNN 

Earlier tonight, the George Floyd family had their first direct communication with the Minneapolis Police Department live on CNN's special program "I Can't Breathe: Black Men Living and Dying in America."

George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, asked Police Chief Medaria Arradondo whether he would arrest the officers and get justice for George's death.

Speaking directly to Philonise, Arradondo said those decisions would come through the County Attorney's Office.

He also took off his hat every time he addressed the Floyd family to show respect, and said those who stood silent in the face of injustice were complicit.

"Being silent or not intervening to me, you're being complicit," Arradondo said. "My decision to fire all four officers was not based on some sort of hierarchy. Mr. Floyd died in our hands."

Attorney Ben Crump, who consoled Philonise during the exchange, thanked Arrandondo.

"He was very respectful to the family, and we thank him for that," Crump said. "This family is in great pain ... They need these officers to be arrested."

11:31 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Boston mayor thanks peaceful protesters, condemns violence

Demonstrators protest in response to the recent death of George Floyd on May 31 in Boston.
Demonstrators protest in response to the recent death of George Floyd on May 31 in Boston. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

In a statement on Sunday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thanked peaceful protesters in the city but criticized those who committed "destruction and violence."

"I want to thank the protestors who exercised their right to free speech effectively and peacefully, making sure everyone hears their message. Tonight's protests were motivated by a righteous desire for equality, justice, and accountability in our country. I see you. I hear you. I will use my voice for you," he said.
"I am angered, however, by the people who came into our city and chose to engage in acts of destruction and violence, undermining their message. If we are to achieve change and if we are to lead the change, our efforts must be rooted in peace and regard for our community."

He also thanked the city's police and public safety agencies for their work.

10:59 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Cleveland extends its curfew through Tuesday

From CNN’s Ganesh Setty

The city of Cleveland, Ohio, has extended its curfew for the Downtown and Market districts through Tuesday evening, according to an update from the Cleveland City Hall. 

The curfew will now be active until 8 p.m. June 2.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed a Proclamation of Civil Emergency on Sunday to extend the curfew, under which people may only travel for essential activities, and businesses are urged to close.

The city also said that while protests downtown had started peacefully on Saturday, 65 adults and one minor had been arrested during the protests that night, and that more arrests are expected.

Cleveland’s Fire Division responded to two structure fires, 10 vehicle fires (including four police cars), and 11 additional fires involving dumpsters, trash cans, ticket booths, and other items, the city said. 

Multiple first responders were injured, and emergency medical services transported 20 people to hospitals in the area, said the Cleveland City Hall.

10:54 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

White House tells staff to hide passes until they reach entry point

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

The White House tonight has cautioned staffers who must come to work Monday to hide their passes until they reach a Secret Service entry point and to hide them as they leave, in an email viewed by CNN.

The email repeated mandates for maximum telework status, and said there is still an “elevated security posture” due to the protests. 

“If you must come to the complex, keep your pass and PIV cars hidden until you reach a USSS (United States Secret Service) entry point,” said the email.