June 1 George Floyd protest news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Nick Thompson, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Daniella Diaz, CNN

Updated 2:10 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
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12:38 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

ICE deploying personnel and teams nationwide in response to protest unrest

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deploying personnel and Special Response Teams nationwide to respond to unrest stemming from protests largely fueled by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“In light of civil unrest taking place across the country, ICE personnel and Special Response Teams have been deployed to protect agency facilities and assets in support of the Federal Protective Service and assist local, state and federal law enforcement partners, as needed,” the agency said in a statement to CNN.

ICE did not say where personnel would be deployed. An agency spokesperson underscored, however, that ICE will not be conducting immigration enforcement. Protests and public demonstrations are part of ICE’s sensitive locations policy, meaning enforcement actions should generally be avoided, the spokesperson added.

 “It’s all going to be assisting jurisdictions with what they’re trying to do which is generally keep the peace, protect citizens, protect property. There’s not going to be any immigration enforcement element whatsoever,” the spokesperson said. 

Some context: It’s not unusual for ICE to assist state, local and federal partners. ICE usually works closely with them, including in cases when additional manpower is needed, for example during hurricane response or at high-security events, like the United Nations General Assembly, according to former acting ICE Director John Sandweg.

“Any time there’s a major event, public safety event or otherwise, it’s very common for ICE to volunteer support, especially when federal agencies need assistance,” he said.

ICE said in its statement that it “fully respects the rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions.” On Sunday, US Customs and Border Protection—another of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies — said it was deploying agents and officers to assist law enforcement.

1:22 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

FBI sets up command posts across the country to deal with protests

From CNN's David Shortell

All FBI field offices across the country have set up command posts to deal with protests, a senior official with the Department of Justice said. 

Attorney General Bill Barr ordered late Sunday the FBI's hostage rescue team to assist local police at the protest in DC, the official said.

Barr has also sent riot teams from the Bureau of Prisons to DC and Miami, the official said.

12:32 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump agitated on call with nation's governors and tells them they must "dominate"

From CNN's Ryan Nobles and Kristen Holmes

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House on May 30.
President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House on May 30. Patrick Semansky/AP

President Trump appeared agitated as he vented to governors, lecturing them on how to best protect their states and handle the protests, according to a source on the call with the nation's governors. 

The President told governors they have to “dominate” and encouraged them all to activate the national guard. 

The message was clear “you’re not doing enough” and you need to get control. 

Trump told governors that he agrees with how Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has handled the violence in his state over the past 48 hours, a person listening into the call tells CNN. In particular, Walz’s decisions to bring in a heavy law enforcement presence against the protestors.

“You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people,” the President told governors, according to this person.

Trump said the “whole world was laughing at Minneapolis over the police station getting burned.” Trump claimed he was the one who suggested that Walz to use the National Guard to calm the protests.

He also called out New York City, saying that “New York is going to have to toughen up.”


12:27 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

New York governor says he'll discuss a possible NYC curfew with mayor today

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference on June 1.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference on June 1. Pool/WNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he will speak to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today about possibly instituting a curfew in the city.

"I'm going to be speaking to the mayor today about a curfew," Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing, where he also took questions about the protests.

Earlier in the press conference, Cuomo said of the mass gatherings, "I think this has been counterproductive for New York City in many ways."

Cuomo said that the state has the National Guard on stand-by to deploy to cities to assist with protest policing if necessary. On New York City, Cuomo said the city "should have enough personnel with the NYPD."

Cuomo said that he thinks some of the actions of the NYPD during the protests over the weekend "have exacerbated the anger," referring to a number of videos of police using force against individuals which he called "very disturbing." Cuomo added that he plans to speak to Mayor de Blasio about these incidents and ask what response the city is taking.

In response to one video which showed an NYPD vehicle driving into a group of protesters, Cuomo said his personal opinion is, "that guy should be fired."

12:18 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Birmingham mayor declares state of emergency

From CNN's Tina Burnside

A state of emergency has been declared in the Birmingham following weekend protest, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced Monday morning. 

The state of emergency comes just one day after protesters gathered and defaced a 54-foot tall Confederate monument in downtown Birmingham.  

In a statement, Gov. Kay Ivey said she will "always support the right of the people of Alabama to peacefully lift your voices in anger and frustration. We will show respect to ourselves and to each other through this process."

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

Minneapolis authorities make nearly 500 arrests during weekend protests

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS) reported that 481 arrests were made since a Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) was established on Friday.

MDPS also reported that there were 276 arrests made on Sunday into early Monday morning, this number includes 150 people who were arrested in the area of Washington Avenue and Interstate 35W where a semi truck drove into a crowd of protesters Sunday.

Protests over the death of George Floyd raged across the city over the weekend, where fires burned and and tear gas canisters flew in Minneapolis as people threw objects at officers.

11:35 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

DC mayor announces 2-day curfew beginning at 7 p.m.

From CNN's Alex Marquardt

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a two-day curfew beginning at 7 p.m. ET Monday evening.

Skirmishes between groups of protesters and law enforcement flared across the city over the weekend as tensions played out over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis who was pinned down by police.

Bowser stressed Sunday that protesters have the right to exercise the First Amendment but should not "destroy our city" in the process.

11:29 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Indiana governor deploys National Guard to protect state property  

From CNN's Gregory Lemos 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that he is deploying the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force to protect state property.  

“At my order, the Indiana National Guard stands ready to assist local communities in need to protect the public and property, and I am deploying Guard members to protect state property beginning today,” Holcomb said in a statement Monday.

“Organized protests have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old, and resulted in loss of life," Holcomb added.

Holcomb activated the National Guard on Saturday but had not deployed them until today.  

The governor also announced he had signed an executive order lifting restrictions on local declarations of emergency, effective Monday at 11 a.m. 

The order "allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place,” the governor said.

11:19 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

NYC mayor addresses daughter's arrest at protest: "She wants to see a better and more peaceful world"

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he admires his 25-year-old daughter Chiara following her arrest at a protest.

“I love my daughter deeply. I honor her. She is such a good human being. She only wants to do good in the world. She wants to see a better and more peaceful world," de Blasio said. “I am proud of her that she cares so much that she was willing to go out there and do something about it.” 

When he and his wife found out about the arrest, they asked Chiara to account for the whole story.

“She recounted the story in detail to me, she was acting peacefully,” he said, adding that she believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful respectful protest.