Trump slams New York governor's response to unrest
From CNN's Betsy Klein
The President has tweeted about last night’s protests in New York after a night of unrest and widespread looting.
“New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces,” he tweeted.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m., and an 8 p.m. curfew for Tuesday.
Read the tweet:
9:44 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
More than 20,000 National Guard members activated across US to respond to unrest
From CNN's Ryan Browne
A little over 20,000 National Guard have now been activated to support civil unrest response, according to a Defense Department official.
At least 28 states and Washington, DC, have activated their National Guard forces.
9:42 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
Trump declares "domination" in DC after federal law enforcement tear gassed peaceful protestors
From CNN's Betsy Klein
In his first tweet of the morning, President Trump took a victory lap saying there were “no problems” in Washington, DC or Minneapolis last night.
“The word is dominate. If you don’t dominate your city and your state, they’re gonna walk away with you,” he said, according to audio of the call on Monday obtained by CNN.
9:28 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
DC mayor "shocked and outraged" by force used against peaceful protesters outside White House
From CNN's Lauren Koenig
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day about the way protesters were cleared from the area in front of St. John’s church yesterday.
"We were very shocked and quite frankly outraged that people who were not violating the curfew, and who did not seem to have provoked attack, were attacked in a move out by the federal law enforcement officials who were directed to clear the way for the president," Bowser said.
“At no time do we think it was appropriate that people who had not violated the curfew or anything else receive that treatment,” she said.
When asked about the military being sent in to the nation’s capital to assist police, the mayor said it would be “inappropriate.”
“Police have policing power. And bringing in the military to police work is inappropriate, in any state, in the United States of America, without the consent of the governor and it will be inappropriate in Washington, DC.”
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8:56 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
Episcopal bishop calls Trump's church visit a "charade"
“This was a charade that in some ways was meant to bolster a message that does nothing to calm — to calm the soul and to reassure the nation that we can recover from this moment, which is what we need from a President,” Budde said in an interview with CNN's John Berman.
About the visit: Peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed yesterday with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets, before Trump walked from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church after giving an address in the Rose Garden. Trump held up a Bible outside of the church and said “we have the greatest country in the world.”
Budde said Trump doesn’t frequent the church or any other in the diocese.
“Let me be clear, he did not come to pray. He did not come to express remorse or consolation, he did not come to share the grief or to provide hope to the thousands of young people who were gathered in the park that day,” Budde said.
“He did nothing to say to them that your future is before you and I will protect you and do all that we can to make this country worthy of you — all the things that we need and deserve from anyone who is in leadership, spiritual or political, at this time," she added.
St. John’s sustained damage from a fire in one part of the building, but Budde said the church is structurally fine.
“We will rebuild; buildings can be rebuilt, lives cannot be brought back from the dead,” she said.
9:33 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
Secret Service closes streets around the White House
From CNN's Kevin Bohn
The US Secret Service has closed several streets surrounding the White House to any vehicular traffic — another sign of the increased security in the area.
Late last night CNN reported seeing 8-foot tall metal fencing being erected around Lafayette Park. They look like the almost impenetrable fencing put up during high-level security events like political conventions and inaugurations.
Here's the traffic alert that was sent out today:
This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.
The United States Secret Service (USSS) reports the following roadways will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.
Constitution Avenue NW, between 15th and 17th Street
17th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue and H Street
15th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue and H Street
H Street NW, between 15th Street and 17th Street
9:22 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
Florida police officer relieved of duty after shoving a kneeling protester
From CNN's Sara Weisfeldt
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has launched an investigation and relieved a Fort Lauderdale police officer of duty after a video surfaced showing the officer shoving a kneeling protester during last weekend's protest, Police Chief Rick Maglione announced during a news conference on Monday.
What happened: The incident occurred on Sunday as tensions rose in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The video, which was taken by a protester, shows the officer pushing a black woman who was on her knees demonstrating towards the pavement as he walks passed her.
Other officers then push that officer away as protesters throw items in his direction.
Maglione said multiple officers had requested help in that area before the incident involving the officer took place. One officer, he said, had her car jumped on and its windows broken while she was in it.
The officer, who has been identified as officer Steven Pohorence, has been with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department since October 2016.
8:49 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
Australian prime minister calls for investigation into assault of journalists at DC protest
From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney
Australian journalists from CNN affiliate Channel 7 news were attacked by riot police in Washington, DC, on Monday, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ask for an investigation into the "troubling incident."
During a live morning newscast on the program Sunrise on Tuesday in Australia, riot police used their shields to clear 7NEWS US correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers from the scene.
The video shows riot police hitting Myers and punching his camera, another officer then directs the pair, who was trapped against a wall, to move on, before appearing to smack Brace in the back with a baton.
Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said that Morrison had "contacted the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC on Tuesday instructing them to investigate the 'troubling' incident and provide further advice on registering the Australian government's concern."
Payne added in an interview with Radio National on Tuesday that "I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia's strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington."
Australia's Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade "reached out to Amelia and to Tim, the Channel Seven team, to check on their wellbeing through the embassy and Channel Seven here in Australia," Payne said.
On Tuesday morning in an interview with Sunrise after the incident, Brace told the anchors that "we have regrouped, we are not too bad."
"It is actually the tear gas that gets you the most, it is very hard to continue speaking in that situation. But yeah we are a bit sore, I also managed to get a rubber bullet to the backside and Tim got one in the back of the neck. So we will have a few bruises tomorrow, but we are feeling perfectly safe," she said.
"There was no escape at that moment, we had the nat guard behind us the police coming through so quickly there was nowhere for us to go," Brace added.
9:21 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
German foreign minister says peaceful US protests are more than legitimate
From CNN's Stephanie Halasz
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his thoughts were with those close to George Floyd whose life was lost in a “horrible and shocking way, or rather, one has to say, that it was taken from him.”
Maas, speaking during a news conference with his Ukrainian counterpart in Berlin, said peaceful protests must always be possible, but it has to be peaceful.
He called peaceful protests in the US understandable and more than legitimate.
Maas said he was aware of an incident regarding a crew of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, and said he was getting in touch with US authorities to find out more. Maas said that journalists had to be able to work to independently report without danger to their safety.
And democratic states with rule of law have to apply the highest standards," he added.
Deutsche Welle said that a team of reporter and cameraman were shot with projectiles by Minneapolis police and were threatened with arrest.
DW reporter Stefan Simons "confirmed with 'absolute' certainty that the shot was fired by officers behind him as he was preparing to go live on air," according to a statement on the DW website.