June 11 Black Lives Matter protests

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9:29 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Seattle protesters are occupying the police precinct and it feels like a "street festival"

Seattle Police Department East Precinct
Seattle Police Department East Precinct CNN

In Seattle, protesters have occupied the area in front of a downtown police station -- and they're showing no signs of moving, even as evening approaches.

The police station has been "overtaken by these protesters," said CNN Correspondent Dan Simon from the scene. "It's totally been defaced."

The sign at the front of the building, which used to read "Seattle Police Department," now reads "Seattle People Department."

"For several days in the wake of George Floyd's death, you had violent clashes between protesters and police officers here in front of this department, and tear gas was deployed. It was not a pretty scene," said Simon.

After days of clashes, the police decided to try and de-escalate the situation and "essentially abandoned the department," he said. That's when protesters flooded in.

The situation remains peaceful and lighthearted at the moment. "It really has the feel of a street festival," Simon said -- there are people serving food to the crowds, there's a medical tent set up, and the demonstrators even watch movies and play live music at night.

"It's sort of a contradictory situation. On the one hand, it began with force, but right now it's peaceful," Simon said.

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10:33 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Chicago mayor wants state laws changed to hold police officers accountable

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot CNN

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she wants to "move in a completely different direction on policing."

She called for changes like licensing police officers and changing state laws to provide a baseline of acceptable conduct. Lightfoot also said we need to "eliminate the problem of so-called pass the trash, where an officer gets disgraced, gets fired, and then he just moves down the road to the next town."

"We've got to make sure that we really hit them where it hurts, and make sure if you have been convicted of a crime, if you resign under investigation, you lose your pension. That should just be automatic," she told CNN on Thursday.

Lightfoot said she is determined to use the unrest happening across the country to make changes.

"You can be supportive of people who do their job the right way, and still hold the bad ones accountable. That's what has to happen," she said.

Some context: This comes after 13 city police officers, including three supervisors, were caught on video hanging out in Rep. Bobby Rush's campaign office last week as businesses nearby were being looted.

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8:56 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Dallas County sheriff: Trump snubbing black law enforcement officials from roundtable "says a lot"

From CNN's Leinz Vales

CNN's Erin Burnett and Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown
CNN's Erin Burnett and Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown CNN

Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown said the absence of the top three law enforcement officials at a roundtable with President Trump on Thursday about “justice disparities” in America “says a lot."

Brown, a Democrat who was elected two years ago, was one of three key black law enforcement officials in the Dallas, Texas, area not invited to attend the event.

She said that decision “causes one to raise the brow.”

Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett, Brown said she would have considered attending the roundtable, “simply because it is about policing.”

The Glenn Heights Police Chief Vernell E. Dooley, who is African American, was invited. Glenn Heights is south of Dallas and has a population of about 16,000 people.

More details: At the roundtable, the President confirmed that the White House is finalizing an executive order on policing standards in the wake of national outcry over George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers in Minnesota.

Brown reiterated that members of local law enforcement agencies have to be at the table for any substantial police reform. 

“If you’re not getting information from the people who know about policing, if you’re not getting their input and if you’re not sharing the information with them, then those are the very people who are going to be affected. And those are the very people who can implement initiatives. Those are the very people who need to be included in the conversation," Brown said.

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8:38 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

From CNN's Shawna Mizelle

A bipartisan group of Mississippi state lawmakers want to remove the emblem of the Confederate battle flag from the Mississippi state flag, and appear to have support from at least one powerful Republican lawmaker.

The push from state lawmakers was approved by Republican Speaker of the Mississippi House Philip Gunn during a closed-door meeting, state Rep. Robert Johnson told CNN.

"Everybody is on board with getting rid of the messages of segregation, and the old South, and the Civil War, except Mississippi," said Johnson, a Democrat.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are in the process of wrangling votes for a resolution to allow changes to be made to the flag. All 45 Democratic members of the Mississippi House have signaled they will support that resolution. However, bipartisan support is needed to reach the necessary two-thirds majority.

Why this matters: The move comes following renewed efforts nationwide to remove memorials to the Confederacy as the nation grapples with the intertwined legacies of institutionalized racism and police brutality.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced he would remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, but a judge has since blocked its removal. NASCAR declared Wednesday it is banning the Confederate flag at its races, and the US Navy and Marines have also moved to ban the Confederate battle flag from public display.

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7:50 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Louisville Metro Council bans no-knock warrants

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

The Louisville Metro Council in Kentucky passed an ordinance today banning "no-knock" search warrants.

The ordinance, which will be known as "Breonna's law," also regulates the execution of search warrants and the use of body camera equipment during the implementation of all search warrants.

Breonna Taylor was killed after officers forced their way inside her home and exchanged gunfire with her boyfriend, while executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation.

The council's vote was 26-0 in favor of the ordinance.

The ordinance requires all Louisville Metro Police Department officers present in the execution of a warrant to be equipped with an operating body camera, which has to be activated no later than five minutes prior to all warrant executions.

All recorded data also has to be retained for five years following an executing action, according to the ordinance. 

“I plan to sign Breonna’s Law as soon as it hits my desk. I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit. This is one of many critical steps on police reform that we’ve taken to create a more peaceful, just, compassionate and equitable community,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Tweeted following the vote.

8:00 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Connecticut working on "common sense solutions" to policing, governor says

From CNN's Alec Snyder

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he is working on “common sense solutions” related to policing including police accountability and collaborating more with communities.

“When it comes to George Floyd and the angst people feel across this country, when it comes to police accountability, when it comes to giving people confidence that our police are doing the right thing, I don’t want to wait,” Lamont said Thursday.

He said his administration is meeting with legislative leadership on both sides of the aisle "to see if we can find some common sense solutions to build upon the very far-sighted bill that was passed last year.”

On defunding police: Lamont said he did not think they would defund the Hartford Police Department.

“That would shock me," he said "I believe in police departments, I believe in community policing, I believe policing is much more effective when you work in collaboration with the community."

Lamont said he does think there needs to be an investment in resources in other areas as well.

“But I would bring in the social service providers as well. It’s not an either/or, cut from here, social service there. I think you need both to address the real needs that are out there," he said.

7:33 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Trump calls the officers involved in the death of George Floyd "a disgrace"

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Trump said the United States needs to keep law enforcement “strong” and discussed issues facing police officers across the country in a clip of an interview released Thursday evening.

Trump harshly criticized the officers involved in the death of George Floyd, calling their actions “eight minutes of horror” and “a disgrace.”

Fox News’s Harris Faulkner interviewed the President after his roundtable at a Dallas, Texas, church.

In the clip of the interview, Trump said that he thinks “we are going to do a lot of good things” in the aftermath of nationwide protests, but that “we also have to keep our police and law enforcement strong.”

“They have to do it right, they have to be trained in a proper manner, and they have to do it right,” the President said in the clip, “and the sad thing is that they are very professional, but when you see an event like that with the more than eight minutes of horror. That’s eight minutes really of horror, it’s a disgrace. And then people start saying well, are all police like that? They don’t know. Maybe they don’t think about it that much, it doesn’t make any difference. The fact is they start saying, well, police are like that. Police aren’t like that.”

Trump called being a police officer a “very tough job,” and said that “we’ve seen some terrible things happen to police officers.”

“Most of the police officers are really good people,” the President added.

7:56 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Seattle mayor calls Trump tweets a "threat to invade" the city

From CNN’s Andy Rose

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city will not be accepting federal troops to move out protesters who are occupying the area in front of a downtown police station.

“The threat to invade Seattle – to divide and incite violence in our city – is not only unwelcome, it would be illegal,” Durkan said at a news conference Thursday.

President Trump tweeted earlier Thursday to Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee: “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will.”

Durkan said the overwhelming majority of protests have been peaceful.

“One of the things this President will never understand is that listening to the community is not a weakness,” Durkan said. “It's a strength.”

The Seattle Police Department East Precinct building was emptied after crowd control barriers in front of the building were removed. Police Chief Carmen Best said their efforts to ease tensions have not been reciprocated.

“Instead of marching, the protesters, after complaining about police barricades, established their own barricades,” Best said.

Durkan said he believed the Capitol Hill protests are not more dangerous than demonstrations that regularly occur in the community.

“I've got news for people: It's been ‘autonomous’ my whole lifetime,” said Durkan. “It is not an armed Antifa militia no-go zone.”

7:36 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Los Angeles mayor says he wants to "reimagine public safety" while still supporting it

Los Angeles, California, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed rethinking the way governments spend money on law enforcement saying, "you can support public safety and reimagine it at the same time."

He said that while police officers need to be there to help people who are victims of violent crimes, or caught in sex trafficking or domestic violence situations, they should not be asked to deal with other problems like homelessness or mental health.

Garcetti said he supports budgeting more money for other resources.

He told CNN on Thursday that police should not have to "solve what needs investments in education, health care, and social workers rather than just always putting that on the backs of our police officers."

"Maybe there's a smarter way that's better for our police officers and the public to look at our future," he added.

Some background: After facing backlash over how Los Angeles Police Department officials treated protesters during the first week of demonstrations following George Floyd's death, city officials on Monday said they will not prosecute those arrested for curfew violations and failure to disperse.

The L.A. City Attorney's Office said it will develop new programs focused on the relationship between the community and law enforcement and plans to implement them later this summer.

Watch: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks to CNN's Erin Burnett