June 7 George Floyd protest news

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Updated 12:19 PM ET, Mon June 8, 2020
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5:25 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Michael Jordan: 'We have been beaten down for so many years. It sucks your soul'

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Michael Jordan speaks at a press conference before an NBA game on January 24.
Michael Jordan speaks at a press conference before an NBA game on January 24. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame NBA player and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, spoke plainly about the damage racial injustice has done to the African American community in an exclusive interview with the Charlotte Observer

"We have been beaten down (as African Americans) for so many years. It sucks your soul. You can’t accept it anymore. This is a tipping point. We need to make a stand. We’ve got to be better as a society regarding race," Jordan told the newspaper.

"Face up to your demons. Extend a hand. Understand the inequalities," Jordan answered when asked what needs to happen to change racist behavior. "Sure, it’s about bargaining for better policing, but it’s more. We have encountered racism to be somewhat acceptable in certain circles."

On Friday, Michael Jordan and Nike's Jordan Brand pledged to donate $100 million over the next ten years to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality, social justice, and education. Speaking on why he chose those initiatives, Jordan said, "If I’m giving $100 million, along with Jordan Brand, then we’re going to make this go in a way that makes a difference. And this -- attacking ingrained racism, supporting educational opportunity -- is a very necessary step in society.”

5:24 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

New York Times editorial page editor resigns after controversial op-ed calling for troops to help police

From CNN's Sheena Jones

The New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned effective immediately, a tweet from the Times says.

Bennet has been the Editorial Page Editor since May 2016, according to a statement from the Times.

“James is a journalist of enormous talent and integrity who believes deeply in the mission of The Times," Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said. "He oversaw a significant transformation of the Opinion department, which broadened the range of voices we publish and pushed us into new formats like video, graphics and audio. I’m grateful for his many contributions.”

This resignation comes after a controversial op-ed written by Sen. Tom Cotton was published where he argued the Insurrection Act could be invoked to deploy the military across the country to assist local law enforcement with unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

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5:01 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

University of Houston cancels classes Monday for those who want to attend the public viewing of George Floyd

From CNN's Leah Asmelash 

The University of Houston canceled classes scheduled on Monday, according to a statement posted by the university on Twitter.

The university said it is doing so "in order to provide the UH community ample opportunity to attend the public viewing of George Floyd and reflect on the events taking place in our nation."

4:57 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Here's the status of curfews nationwide on Sunday

From CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Mel Alonso, Laura Ly, Chuck Johnston

Here is a list of the status of curfews in US cities as of Sunday afternoon:


Atlanta: A mandatory curfew was lifted Saturday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after more than a week of a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has announced the City of Buffalo will lift their curfew immediately. “I have consulted with Buffalo Police management and members of the Common Council and we all agree to lift the curfew while we continue to hear the voice of the community. The Coalition and other community groups have committed to ensuring demonstrations they lead remain peaceful,” Brown said in a statement.

Chicago: A curfew remains in place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued the curfew on May 30. On Sunday, city officials announced that access to downtown has been fully restored. Lake Shore Drive is open and downtown expressway ramps are now open. CTA rail and bus service downtown has also been fully restored.

Dallas: The curfew for downtown Dallas was lifted effective Saturday, according to the city hall website. A curfew had been in place since the state and city declared a State of Disaster on May 31.

Denver: The city wide curfew expired at 5 a.m. Friday and was not extended, a tweet from Mayor Michael Hancock said. 

Los Angeles: A curfew for the city was lifted by Mayor Eric Garcetti effective Thursday.

Miami: A curfew was put in place for Miami-Dade County by Mayor Carlos Gimenez earlier in the week and was pushed earlier to 8 p.m. from 10 p.m. due to unrest in Miami Beach Friday.

Minneapolis: Curfew was lifted by Gov. Tim Walz effective Friday after more than a week of protests.

New York City: Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Sunday morning that the city’s curfew is being lifted, effective immediately. “New York City: We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city. Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other,” de Blasio said.

Philadelphia: The city of Philadelphia announced on Sunday that they have lifted the curfew in place in the city.

St. Paul, Minnesota: Curfew was lifted effective Friday after more than a week of protests and curfews.

Washington, DC: Curfew was lifted Thursday by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

5:02 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

DC church holds 'prayer for justice' service

From CNN's Rebecca Grandahl and Nicky Robertson

St John's Church, Lafayette Square
St John's Church, Lafayette Square

St John’s Church in Lafayette Square held a short prayer service outside today, that began with a “prayer for justice,” asking people to seek peace and move to action.

President Donald Trump visited the church for a photo-op on Monday amid protests outside the White House, drawing criticism from many in the religious community, including Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

On Sunday, prayer service attendees held up a sign calling on people to “Pray in solidarity with those who pray for justice.” The service was short, but threaded with calls for justice. All in attendance wore masks apart from when they were speaking. The crowd was made up of people of all ages and was racially diverse.

Rob Fisher, the rector of St John’s, said that the church is “so proud to stand and witness in solidarity to this moment.”

Another prayer called on people to “take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our heart, break down the walls that separate us,” and asked that “in good time all races and nations may serve in harmony.”

Krista Bradley, member of St. John’s Church, read from the book of Amos, “let justice roll down the waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Shortly after her reading, a member of the crowd was heard yelling out, “Trump man’s gotta go.”

In yet another call for justice, one member prayed, “help us in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth to confront one another without hatred or bitterness and to work with one another through mutual forbearance and respect.”

The service ended with a prayer to “open eyes and change hearts.”

4:59 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Fareed Zakaria discusses why black people in America struggle to get ahead

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Thousands of protesters across the US have flooded cities calling for a stop to police brutality against black people in America following the death of George Floyd.

These demonstrations have sparked worldwide dialogue about the unequal treatment of black people in America and why they seem to have more difficulty getting ahead compared to other ethnic groups, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said during his show Sunday.

“For the last look, I wanted to address a question that many people have ask me one way or another, especially people who live outside the United States. The question is simple. Why is it that blacks seem to have such difficulty moving ahead in America? Don’t other ethnic groups also face discrimination?” Zakaria said.

Zakaria took a closer look of that treatment and highlighted how he believes that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. answered the question best in an interview the civil rights icon gave in 1967:

“And white Americans tell the negro to ‘lift himself by his own bootstraps,' they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation. I believe that we ought to do all we can and seek to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps, but it’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps,” King said.

Watch the full segment here:

3:23 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Rev. Jesse Jackson calls for justice for Breonna Taylor during speech at Louisville church

From CNN’s Sharif Paget

St. Stephen Baptist Church
St. Stephen Baptist Church

Civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at a Louisville worship service on Sunday where he said that black Americans today face three pandemics: racial violence by police, poverty and Covid-19.

The city has seen days of protests following the death of George Floyd and the unresolved case involving the killing of Louisville’s Breonna Taylor in March.

Taylor would have turned 27 on Friday.

The civil rights leader made these key points:

  • Jackson called on the people of Kentucky to show up everyday at Republican Sen. Rand Paul's office until he signs an anti-lynching bill that would seek to explicitly make lynching a federal crime.
  • The civil rights leader said that legislators should remove “sovereign immunity” for police, a doctrine which some believe protects state employees from the consequences of their actions. “When they kill someone, they should face the charges,” Jackson said. “They have no right to live above the law.”
  • The reverend called for every city to draft a hate-crime bill and said the wealth gap between whites and blacks in America needs to close. “Close the gap and heal the bridge," Jackson said.
  • Jackson stressed the need for peaceful protests and said “violence” is a diversion from the message which can end up being weaponized against the movement.

2:17 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Chicago lifts curfew effective immediately

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she is lifting the city’s curfew “effective immediately,” according to a tweet sent Sunday afternoon.

“I know this time in our city and our country has been difficult for us all, and I’m grateful to our residents for working together to navigate this challenging time,” the tweet said.

Read tweets from the mayor and city: 

2:49 p.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Army secretary said "to not cross the line" with protesters in Washington, DC

From CNN's Ryan Browne

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy at a hearing in December 2019
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy at a hearing in December 2019 Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said Sunday that the Pentagon did not want to use active duty troops to subdue protestors in the nation’s capital last week but that the invocation of the Insurrection Act, which allows the president to use active duty military forces to quell unrest, was “heavily discussed” within the Trump Administration.

“They were on the outskirts cause we didn’t want to do it. The Department of Defense didn’t want to do it because we knew once we went to that escalation, it’s very very difficult,” McCarthy told reporters on a phone call, referring to the some 1,600 active duty soldiers that  that had been flown to bases in the DC area. “We did everything we could to not cross that line."

McCarthy also confirmed out of state National Guard will start going home Sunday at 5 p.m.

“Effective 5 p.m. this evening we will begin redeploying the out of state Guardsmen starting with the state of Mississippi...as well as the state of Florida, Utah and Indiana,” McCarthy said.

The departure process for those contingents is expected to take no more than 24 hours. 

The DC national guard will continue to support federal elements as well as local police. 

More context: President Trump wrote on Twitter earlier Sunday that he had ordered National Guard troops in Washington, DC, to return home. 

McCarthy said the controversial National Guard helicopter flights that flew over protestors Monday night were still under investigation.

The commanding general of the DC National Guard Maj. Gen. William Walker said that “There was no order to disperse the crowd” with the helicopters.