June 2 George Floyd protest news

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4:24 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

What the protests look like across the US

Protesters are marching through cities across the US over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here's what the protests look like:

New York City

Protesters demonstrate on June 2 during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in New York City.
Protesters demonstrate on June 2 during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in New York City. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Washington, DC

Ericka Ward-Audena, of Washington, puts her hand on her daughter Elle Ward-Audena, 7, as they take a knee in front of a police line during a protest of President Trump's visit to the St. John Paul II National Shrine on June 2, 2020, in Washington.
Ericka Ward-Audena, of Washington, puts her hand on her daughter Elle Ward-Audena, 7, as they take a knee in front of a police line during a protest of President Trump's visit to the St. John Paul II National Shrine on June 2, 2020, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Los Angeles

Demonstrators hold up signs on June 2 in Venice, a beachfront neighborhood in Los Angeles, during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
Demonstrators hold up signs on June 2 in Venice, a beachfront neighborhood in Los Angeles, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Ashley Landis/AP

Houston

People gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Houston on June 2.
People gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Houston on June 2. David J. Phillip/AP

4:03 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Minneapolis Police Department to undergo civil rights investigation

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman and Kara Devlin

Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/FILE
Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/FILE

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is launching a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, the state's governor announced Tuesday. 

The investigation will look into practices of the department for the last 10 years.

According to a release from Gov. Tim Walz's office, the investigation will look to see if Minneapolis Police have engaged in systemic discriminatory practices targeting people of color. 

“Silence is complicity. Minnesotans can expect our administration to use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in our state,” Walz said. “As we move forward, we ask the community to watch what we do, not what we say. It is going to take action at all levels from the neighborhood on up, to get the change we need to see. This effort is only one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with those in the community who have been unseen and unheard for far too long.”
3:32 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Texas governor says state doesn't need US troops during civil unrest

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today said that the state does not need federal troops.

"We will not be asking the United States military to come into the state of Texas," Abbott said at a news conference provided to CNN by affiliate KTVT. "We know the Texans can take care of Texas." 

The remark comes less than a day after President Trump threatened to use military force if violence does not stop. "If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said.

Abbott said that the state has "an abundance of resources that are being provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety." 

"They have deployed something around 3,000 people across the entire state of Texas already," he added.

Abbott also said that there has not been a request for Texas to send National Guard members to Washington, DC.

"I do not expect that request," he added. "Texas National Guard are here for Texans, and that's exactly what they will be used for," Abbott said.

3:30 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Nearly 2,500 National Guard members deployed in California

The California National Guard has deployed 2,430 members to assist law enforcement statewide.

About half are concentrated in the greater Los Angeles area and others are in Sacramento and Alameda County in Northern California, Brian Ferguson, spokesperson for California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, tells CNN.

3:25 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Protesters march through downtown Los Angeles

A protester cries during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles on June 2 over the death of George Floyd.
A protester cries during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles on June 2 over the death of George Floyd. Richard Vogel/AP

Large crowds of protesters marched peacefully through downtown Los Angeles this afternoon.

Protesters walked past the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters and stood outside City Hall. Others held signs in front of police officers "to show them their frustration with what they believe is systemic," CNN's Stephanie Elam reported.

During the march, protesters hugged and engaged in conversations, she said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee during the protest.

Joined by community faith leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a knee in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles on June 2.
Joined by community faith leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a knee in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles on June 2. Richard Vogel/AP

3:17 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Illinois governor calls for police reform

From CNN's Hira Humayun 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker emphasized the need for police reform at a news conference on Tuesday.

“Real change, structural change, comes from protest paired with policy. That means police reform with genuine investigations, transparency, and accountability,” he said.

He went on to say "that means taking the justice in criminal justice, and making it mean something. That means sustained economic investment in black and brown communities across our state.” 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she was dismayed to see “that our local pharmacies have been looted,” adding, “these are the places that our seniors depend on for their meds. In many of our black and brown communities we know that we have disproportionate numbers of people who suffer from diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, the things that made you particularly susceptible to Covid-10. And it’s really important of course that people have access to their medication.”

Pritzker addressed the flare-ups across the state where looting took place and commended the State Police saying, “I’m very proud of the work that they’re doing.”

“Some of the most heart-breaking things that I’ve seen are the small businesses that just now have had the ability to reopen after this two and a half, almost three months of coronavirus – and then, this comes along,” Pritzker said. “We need to rebuild.”

 

3:30 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

New York protester: "We can’t live like this anymore"

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz speaks to a protester in New York on Tuesday.
CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz speaks to a protester in New York on Tuesday. Source: CNN

Peaceful protesters demonstrating in New York City today expressed their frustrations with the current state of the country.

“We can’t live like this anymore,” a protester told CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz.

“That’s not just for black folks, it’s for everyone. We cannot live like this anymore and will fight till the end, until we can have our peace. No justice. No peace,” the protester said.

She held a sign with pictures of Danroy "D.J." Henry Jr., an African-American football player at Pace University who was shot by a white New York police officer.

“Every demonstration is important. I’m not going to say it’s important to have the peaceful ones and not the peaceful ones. All of them are important. Every single one is important until people can hear us. People know who we are… People like this, D.J. Henry, are important. George Floyd was important. Trayvon Martin was important. Mike Brown was important. These people are all important… We can't forget about them,” the protester said.

Watch the full interview here:

3:00 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Here's what GOP senators are saying about last night's protest near the White House

From CNN's Ali Zaslav

Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri speaks at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill on June 2, in Washington.
Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri speaks at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill on June 2, in Washington. Tom Williams/Pool/Getty Images

Most Republican senators ignored or declined to comment on last night’s peaceful protest at the White House, which was forcefully cleared out for President Trump's photo-op at St. John's church.

However, several GOP senators fiercely defended Trump’s church visit as “important” and said moving protesters was not an abuse of power. 

Here's what lawmakers are saying:

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, told reporters, “It’s not the America I know,” in reaction to the events that unfolded last night at the White House. 
  • Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana called Trump’s church visit “not only appropriate” but “needed.” He also said he believes it sent a message to the American people that “its government is going to protect the innocent.” 
  • Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said he thought it was “important” for Trump to “see the damage done” at the church and make related comments.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said it was protesters who abused their power, not Trump. Asked if what happened last night at the White House was an abuse of power, Cruz replied: “By the protesters, yes.”
  • Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri: “I don’t think it was an abuse of power,” he said.

Other GOP senators said they didn’t see what happened.  

“I didn’t watch it closely enough to know what happened there,” said Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah. 

“I didn’t really see it,” Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said.

Most senators ignored questions about last night’s events or declined to comment, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana.

2:50 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

100 Ohio National Guard members called to DC

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

The Ohio National Guard sent 100 trained soldiers to Washington, DC, following a request from the Secretary of Defense, Major General John Harris announced today.

Since Washington, DC, doesn’t have a governor, the Secretary of Defense fills that role, and requested that the Guard come to DC to lend support by providing security at the White House and critical monuments, as well as protecting businesses, said Harris with the Ohio National Guard. 

The Ohio National Guard has also been called to Columbus and Cleveland by the mayors of those cities to assist with the protests taking place there. 

Harris said their mission in those cities include crowd control, doing traffic control points, and supporting local law enforcement agencies “with minimum force necessary to complete the mission.”