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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6:41 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Active duty US military forces staged in the DC area in case needed to bolster security

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne


An active duty military police battalion consisting of 200 to 250 military personnel is now in the process of deploying to Washington, DC, and could be in the nation's capital as soon as tonight, three US defense officials tell CNN.

The troops are expected to provide security in the nation's capital but not perform law enforcement duties such as arrest and detention of protesters or rioters.

Two defense officials said the troops will be coming from a unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Because of Washington, DC's unique status, the deployment does not require local authorization.

There is no indication that President Trump is invoking the Insurrection Act, which is not required due to the fact that the forces will not be performing law enforcement actions.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond for request for comment.

5:18 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

GOP senators express concerns on Trump’s handling of unrest

From CNN's Manu Raju 

Senate Majority Whip John Thune told CNN he believed President Trump should have a different "tone" when addressing the country during this unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“I think the country is definitely looking for healing and for calm," he said. "And I think that’s the tone the President needs to project when talking about what’s happening around the country. I think leaders right need to have empathy and humility and respect.”

“I think he needs to strike a tone that fits the level of frustration country's experiencing right now, and I hope in the future, he’ll do that,” Thune said, adding that some of Trump’s tweets are “not helpful.”

Sen. John Cornyn, a member of Senate GOP leadership, said he believed Trump should address the nation "sooner rather than later.”

He said he believed "it’s important” for Trump to offer more of a unifying message in the midst of the deep unrest across the county.

Cornyn sidestepped a question about Trump’s tweet when he said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” noting the country is divided between pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions.

Asked if he thought the tweet was helpful, Cornyn said, "I didn’t see the tweet.”

5:32 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump "repeatedly and viciously attacked governors," Whitmer says

From CNN’s Annie Grayer

Michigan State Police
Michigan State Police

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said President Trump "repeatedly and viciously attacked governors" during a call with them today.

"He repeatedly and viciously attacked governors who are doing everything we can to keep the peace while we're working to save lives in a once in a generation pandemic," she said at a news conference.

She continued: “It was galling because we are at a point in time where people need hope and unity and a strategy to pull people together and to save lives."

She said Trump's comments feed "into that anxiety, that understandable exhaustion, that my African American friends talk about."

"To assert that we should be dominating and if we don't, they're going to come in and do it is the antithesis of what we need right now is a country which is a leader who can bring us together, can focus us and say we're going to get through this and give us the kind of pep talk the nation need," she said. "It just sow more seeds of division and it makes it more dangerous."
5:17 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Citywide curfew lifted in Miami

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

People in Miami protest George Floyd's death on Sunday, May 31.
People in Miami protest George Floyd's death on Sunday, May 31. Wilfredo Lee/AP

Miami has lifted a curfew that was issued Saturday due to protests, according to a statement from the city. 

The curfew in unincorporated Miami-Dade County remains in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time until further notice. 

5:16 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

White House making plans for possible statement on racial unrest

`From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

White House aides have been instructed to prepare for a possible statement from President Trump from the Rose Garden, an official told CNN, where he could address racial unrest gripping the nation for the first time since protests broke out across the country

The official said the statement could come at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. ET, but said plans could still change.

4:58 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Bar owner who fatally shot black protester in Nebraska will not be charged

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said his office will not be charging a bar owner who fatally shot a black protester Saturday night during protests in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.

Kleine, speaking at a news conference today, said that the decision to not charge the owner in the death of 22-year-old James Scurlock came after a review of several videos of the incident.

"When we viewed the evidence — myself, my chief deputy — we viewed it with all the homicide detectives that that were involved in this case and the command staff of the Omaha Police Department," Kleine said.

"There wasn't any big disagreement with regard to about what happened here as far as this being something that led to self-defense and the use of deadly force," Kleine added.

The incident, which occurred outside a bar called The Gatsby at around 11 p.m., began when protesters pushed the bar owner's father to the ground, Kleine explained.

The owner, who was armed with a handgun, proceeded to intervene. A scuffle with a group of protesters ensued and the owner ended up firing several shots, one of which struck Scurlock in the clavicle, killing him, Kleine said.

"I certainly wish that none of this would have happened," Kleine said. "It's a senseless death."

The incident gained attention on social media with major figures like actress Gabrielle Union and gun control activist Shannon Watts tweeting about it.

Nebraska State Sen. Justin Wayne demanded that Kleine "charge [the owner] with the senseless murder of James Spurlock" in a tweet last night.

However, today, Kleine noted his frustration with these comments and pointed to the video evidence as being key to his decision.

"Statements that are made without foundation or knowledge about the case are irresponsible — they're reckless," he said.

"We have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it's not self-defense," Kleine explained.

"The officers that were involved in the investigation said we don't think there's any way we can move forward at this point," he added.

Kleine also pointed out that "there isn't any audio that we have that shows any racial slurs" and, after reviewing the evidence, he doesn't feel that the owner was "somebody who walked out and was trying to hunt down somebody."

4:50 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Here are the latest updates from Philadelphia

From CNN's Alec Snyder

Philadelphia Police’s most recent update reports 146 arrests for looting/burglary, seven arrests for assault on police, three for firearm violations, four for theft, one for rioting, and one for “other/propulsion of missiles" since Saturday. 

Police said 267 people received citations, which also include failure to disburse and curfew violations.

4:38 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Top Senate Democrat: Trump "struggles to summon even an ounce of humanity in this time of turmoil"

From CNN's Alex Rogers

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks on the Senate floor on Monday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks on the Senate floor on Monday. Source: Senate TV

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer sharply criticized President Trump’s response to the police killing of George Floyd, saying on Monday that the President has exacerbated the racial divisions within the country through his words and actions.  

“The President's policies have worsened racial divisions in this country,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. “His rhetoric has consistently inflamed them. Either the President is too afraid to lead or is simply incapable.”

Schumer said the moment “cries out for leadership, for compassion, for sympathy, for understanding, and for action” but Trump “struggles to summon even an ounce of humanity in this time of turmoil.”

He continued: “The President has reacted to the pain and anger in the country by playing politics and encouraging police to be tougher on protesters, by bragging about his reelection prospects and his personal safety inside the White House," Schumer said. “The President seems unable even to address the underlying issues that the protests are about, unwilling even to speak to the nation about racial justice.”

Schumer called for passing legislation to reduce the likelihood of further police killings, to incentivize officers who do their job well and to bring “accountability to police departments so that bad actors are not shielded from culpability.”

He called for addressing “the broader disparities in our society, the systemic racism and injustice that follows America around like a shackle, in our laws, in our customs and in too many of our hearts.” And he said he understood the “anger and frustration” of the protesters.

4:35 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

San Francisco will be under curfew tonight

From CNN's Stella Chan

Police officers stand guard in front of San Francisco's City Hall on Sunday, May 31.
Police officers stand guard in front of San Francisco's City Hall on Sunday, May 31. Philip Pacheco/AFP/Getty Images

San Francisco will be under a curfew again tonight starting at 8 p.m. and ending Tuesday at 5 a.m. local time.

San Francisco Police Department Police Chief Bill Scott reminded residents that they are still enduring a pandemic and encouraged people to stay home.

Scott said Sunday’s protests started peacefully but the violence escalated and two officers were assaulted. 

“With all the anger aimed at my life profession policing, I understand and I accept it. But I will ask ... if you know a police officer, you have one in your family, you have one that you're friends with, or even if you don't know, we need your support. We really need your support. If you know somebody in this profession, let them know that you support them,” he said.