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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7:36 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Illinois governor rejects Trump's mobilization of troops

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker.
Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker. Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP

In response to President Trump threatening to invoke the 1807 law to mobilize the military around the country, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker said Monday that he rejects "that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois."

"The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker told CNN's Erin Burnett. "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure and now seeing a moment when there's unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president."

Trump declared himself "your president of law and order" during remarks as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas and flash bangs.

The Illinois governor added that Trump's approach to dealing with protesters outside the White House was wrong.

"Peaceful protesters have a right to be there," Pritzker said. "I saw what happened. I was watching CNN when all of a sudden the troops move forward, and then they started pushing the protesters, throwing tear gas canisters. This is not the way we behave in the United States. Our law enforcement are out there on streets trying to protect people. They're not at least here in Chicago, we're not in the business of trying to put down peaceful protests." 

7:41 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Los Angeles curfew is harshest since 1992 riots, police chief says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Pedestrians walk past boarded up storefronts on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on June 1.
Pedestrians walk past boarded up storefronts on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on June 1. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The 12-hour overnight curfew in Los Angeles is the harshest the city has seen since the riots of 1992, following the acquittal of officers accused of using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

While Moore welcomed the protests, he made clear: “No violence will be supported. There is no place for those who wish to do harm.”

To the owners of 88 businesses along Melrose Avenue whose stores were destroyed, Moore said, “We’re sorry.”

“Our efforts were to balance expression of public discord in a lawful, peaceful manner,” Moore explained. “Unfortunately, the powers and forces of those who wished to exact violence in the community overwhelmed us.”

The California National Guard has deployed 1,000 members to Southern California to assist with law enforcement. Moore said he expects 2,000 members in the city by tomorrow morning and they will be posted at businesses that have been destroyed and at other vulnerable businesses.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said law enforcement will be prevalent throughout the county. “We will be out there, not to intimidate, not to use any excessive force,” he said, “but to establish that the rule of law is present throughout Los Angeles County.”

7:31 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Oregon governor says she's resisted Portland's calls for National Guard

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she has resisted calls from Portland's mayor to activate the National Guard in response to the protests in the city over the last several days.

"Mayor (Ted) Wheeler asked me over the weekend to mobilize the National Guard and put them in direct confrontation with protesters," Brown said at a news conference. "This wasn't the first time that the mayor asked to mobilize the National Guard, and not the first time I have declined."

Instead, Brown said she directed the Oregon State Police to deploy additional officers to support Portland's police.

Brown said she is sending 100 state police officers to the city today. She is also calling in 50 Oregon National Guard members "to provide a support function only."

Brown reiterated several times that those troops will not be armed.

"Having soldiers on the streets across America is exactly what President Trump wants," Brown said. "He's made that very clear on a call this very morning with governors across the entire United States."

"I want to ensure that the public can safely raise their voices in this much needed call for reform," Brown said.

7:48 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump stops by St. John's church and takes photo with bible

From CNN's Nikki Carjaval

Patrick Semansky/AP
Patrick Semansky/AP

President Trump posed with a bible outside St. John’s Church and held it up for several moments.

“We’re the greatest country in the world,” he said.

Trump walked over to Lafayette park after delivering a speech at the White House.

7:30 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump headed to St. John's church

From CNN's Jake Tapper

Patrick Semansky/AP
Patrick Semansky/AP

President Trump is reportedly headed to St. John’s Episcopal Church across Lafayette park from the White House, a source tell CNN. 

Trump delivered remarks moment ago from the Rose Garden.

"Now I am going to pay my respects to a very, very special place,” Trump said in the Rose Garden after declaring himself a law and order president.

He announced that he was taking new measures to quell riots across the United States.

Before Trump's remarks, police released tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters in an effort to disperse the crowd for Trump's visit to the church.

8:10 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump threatens to mobilize military in US

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump threatened to invoking an 1807 law to mobilize the military around the country and "quickly solve the problem."

"I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capitol, Washington, DC. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace," he said.

He continued: "Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail."


7:07 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump calls on governors to deploy National Guard at protests

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez 


President Trump announced today in a Rose Garden statement that he is taking immediate presidential action to "stop the violence and restore security and safety in America" and is mobilizing federal resources to stop rioting and looting.

Trump said his measures would be effective "immediately" and said he has "strongly recommended" to every governor to deploy the National Guard in "sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets."

Trump said mayors and governors must establish an "overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled." If the city or state refuses to take the actions, Trump said he would deploy the US military.

The President said he is also taking "swift and decisive action" to protect the nation's capital including dispatching "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property."

He also said the 7 p.m. ET curfew in the city will be "strictly enforced."


7:00 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump declares himself "president of law and order" in White House speech amid protests

President Trump told reporters in the White House his administration is "fully committed" to serving justice for George Floyd, but said he believed the looters and violent protests are distracting from that goal.

"All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd," he said. "My administration is fully committed that for judge and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting is peace loving citizens in our poorest communities. And as their President, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. 

He continued: "I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. but in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others."

CNN's Jim Acosta reported that loud bangs from the protests could be heard in the Rose Garden. 


6:44 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Police appear to throw tear gas into crowds near White House

Police appeared to throw tear gas into the crowds to disperse protesters near the White House.

Protesters can be seen raising their hands at police and chanting "don't shoot!"

President Trump is due to deliver a speech from the Rose Garden.