From Pierre Bairrin and Benjamin Bertau in Paris and Schams Elwazer in London
A small crowd of peaceful protesters — representing several French anti-racism organizations — gathered near the US embassy in Paris on Monday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the US.
Protesters wearing black clothing and face masks took a knee and held up signs with the words “I can’t breathe,” “we are all George Floyd” and “racism chokes us.”
Describing the video of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as "surreal and unbearable," the protest organizers called on anti-racist groups “and all individuals with a sense of justice — to strongly denounce this racist crime perpetrated by the police, which is unfortunately an ordinary crime in the United States.”
The joint statement – which included endorsements from the historic anti-racism organization "SOS Racisme," journalist Claudy Siar and the Jewish Student Union — said "we fully relate to the struggle of the American people, especially the young, for the advent of a society finally free of racism.”
Referencing similar problems in France, the statement called "for the utmost firmness in France, including at the State level, where acts of racism within the police force have recently been reported."
While the gathering of more than ten people remains technically illegal in France due to coronavirus restrictions, police told the organizers they would not intervene to stop the protest.
1:28 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Atlanta mayor: "My family is full of people who look like George Floyd"
From CNN’s Mallory Simon
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms described the video of George Floyd’s death as a “murder,” and said that watching it “broke” her in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“All the feelings that everybody has, it just — it broke me — and for a moment, it was just watching in disbelief. Like, I know I'm not seeing what I see,” Bottoms said. “And I think for as horrific as it was watching the officer with his knee on his neck, what was more disturbing was watching the other officer not do anything about it.”
The Atlanta mayor said she watched in disbelief as one officer did nothing to help while trying to keep bystanders away.
“I kept looking at the other officer’s face, looking to see something, looking to see something in his face that showed he wanted to help or that he had some concerns. But, I just saw emptiness,” Bottoms said. “The only thing he was concerned about was making sure that the bystanders who were pleading for Mr. Floyd's life didn't get any closer to interfere with his murder.”
Bottoms, a former judge and city council member, was sworn in as mayor in 2018 and has quickly emerged as one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. On Friday night, amid a swirl of increasingly tense and occasionally violent scenes, she faced the cameras, her constituents and the country.
During an interview for tomorrow’s episode of Gupta’s podcast, “Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction,” Bottoms said that she didn’t know what she was going to say when she faced cameras, and that she had to re-watch it at home to see what she said. Bottoms said she is trying to strike the right balance of recognizing the movement that is happening while also trying to keep law and order in her city as it experienced riots.
“This has been a really tough balance because I feel helpless. I feel angry. I feel frustrated,” Bottoms said. “But the balance to that, I know that there are men and women who put on a uniform every day who love and care about our community. And they do it for all the right reasons. And that's the vast majority of our police officers in our city at least think they do it with a good heart and with good intentions.”
Bottoms talked about why she feels so passionate and emotional about the struggles of black America, based on her own life experiences.
“My family is full of people who look like George Floyd, and my dad went to prison and everything about my life changed in that moment. And everything that I thought was solid and true disappeared in the blink of an eye,” she said. “And I think that's why I have I have so many sensitivities related to our struggle as an African-American community, because I know many of the things that you see play out that some people try and paint as being for lack of trying or whatever — the negative stereotypes you put on us — in each and every day. Our community is full of people who get up and want to do better, and they want to get it right and they don't ever stop trying.”
Bottoms also reinforced that the city needs to remember they are in the middle of a pandemic — one that is impacting the black community in so many ways.
“Our communities are sick and they're tired and they're dying. They're dying from Covid-19, they're dying from poverty, they're dying from police brutality,” she said. “I think in the midst of all that going on, we focused on what we can see. But we’ve got to keep top of mind the things that we can’t see that are killing us too.”
1:40 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Thousands gather in Amsterdam to protest police violence
From Mick Krever in London
Several thousand people gathered in Amsterdam’s Dam Square Monday to protest against police violence and in solidarity with demonstrations across the US.
“Institutionally racist violence against black people is a problem that also occurs in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe,” the organizers said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate and national broadcaster NOS.
According to NOS, the protests were organized by Kick Out Black Pete, a reference to the Dutch Christmas tradition of dressing up in blackface, and Black Queer & Trans Resistance Netherlands.
There were around 3,000 participants, according to another CNN affiliate, RTL News. An RTL correspondent on the scene reported seeing signs including “black lives matter” and “the future is colored.”
RTL said that the crowd held two minutes of silence, and reported a relatively small police presence.
1:34 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Santa Monica police arrested more than 400 people last night
From CNN's Stella Chan
Police in Santa Monica, California arrested more than 400 people last night, the department tweeted today.
Police Chief Cynthia Renaud said 95% of those arrested reside outside the city, according to a tweet.
Santa Monica has implemented a 1 p.m. curfew for the business district and 4 p.m. curfew for the rest of the city.
Read the tweets:
1:08 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
DC police arrested 88 people last night in protests
From CNN's Lauren Koenig and Alex Marquardt
There were 88 arrests made in connection to protests throughout the District of Columbia last night, Washington, DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham announced at a news conference Monday morning.
Of those 88 arrests, 44 people were charged with felony rioting, "a number" were charged with burglary and two-thirds of the arrests were instances of felonies. Many were arrested for violating the curfew, officials said.
Newsham said that the Metropolitan Police Department is not done making arrests and is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for people who can help identify individuals in images released by the police department.
Seven MPD officers have been injured during the protests but none had injuries severe enough to require hospitalization, the chief said. Nine MPD vehicles have been damaged.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a two-day curfew beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.
Newsham warned that if people are caught breaking that curfew they will be taken into custody by local or federal police.
He said that most of the “skirmishes” have been small and manageable, adding that the antagonists “appear to be organized in nature.”
1:03 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Chicago mayor describes "heart-wrenching" day in the city
From CNN's Konstantin Toropin
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown described yesterday as a violent and destructive day for the city.
"What we saw last night — it's completely heart-wrenching to me personally," Lightfoot said at a news conference.
"Updates that I received all day and night from our Aldermen, from local community leaders about the attacks on local storefronts, and in particularly our small black owned businesses, was nothing short of devastating," she added.
Here are the latest updates from Chicago:
Arrests: The city's police made 699 arrests yesterday, primarily for looting, Brown said today, adding that 461 of those 699 arrests were in the city's south and west neighborhoods.
Officer injuries: According to Brown, 132 officers were injured yesterday.
Emergency calls: Lightfoot said the city's 911 operators received 65,000 calls in a 24-hour period — about 50,000 more than what the city sees on a typical day. "In the late afternoon and evening, those calls reached over 2,000 calls for 30 minutes," Lightfoot said.
Distribution of police resources: Lightfoot also pushed back on the allegation that police resources were more focused on downtown Chicago at the expense of protecting the less affluent, outlying neighborhoods. "Putting aside how deeply offensive that is for me as a black woman, for the superintendent, as a black man, [...] the fact of the matter is exactly the opposite was true," Lightfoot said.
Allegations of personnel misconduct: The mayor also acknowledged that "there have been some reports of misconduct on the part of our personnel." She said, "If that is so, we will investigate and we will get to the bottom of it we will not spare any resource to do so."
12:55 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Funeral memorial for Floyd is scheduled for Thursday, governor says
A funeral memorial for George Floyd is scheduled for Thursday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference Monday.
"It will be an important event both for the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota and for the nation to watch that process of celebrating a life that was taken in front of us, an opportunity for leadership," he said.
Floyd's death sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck.
12:50 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Minnesota governor extends curfew
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced today that he has signed an executive order in consultation with local leadership and mayors in Minneapolis and St. Paul to extend the curfew for two more days.
The curfew will run from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. local time.
"The only way these things work be is what we have seen the last two nights. The vast majority of people abide by this," Walz said.
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.