June 11 Black Lives Matter protests

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Joshua Berlinger, Steve George, Laura Smith-Spark and Peter Wilkinson, CNN

Updated 12:41 AM ET, Fri June 12, 2020
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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

7:42 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Protesters in New York City shut down Holland Tunnel

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz and Matt Friedman

Protesters in New York City shut down the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel today.

A protester with a megaphone addressed the crowd while police remained behind barricades nearby.

Dozens of protesters gathered at Washington Square Park earlier today.

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6:25 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Lt. governor says Minnesota needs to "evaluate and re-evaluate" what is displayed at Capitol

From CNN's Raja Razek

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said removing the Christopher Columbus statue at the state Capitol is "not an eraser of history, but a reckoning with it."

"I wish we had a better process that had been followed. I wish the removal had been different, but I am not sad that it is gone," she said at a news conference. "I am not going to perform for folks. I'm not going to feign sadness. I will not shed a tear over the loss of a statue that honored someone who, by of his own admission, sold nine and ten-year-old girls into sex slavery." 

"There is no honor in the legacy of Christopher Columbus. To remove a statue or choose not to place one there in the first place is not an eraser of history, but a reckoning with it," Flanagan added.

She said the state needs to "evaluate and re-evaluate" what is displayed at the Minnesota State Capitol. All Minnesotans should feel safe and welcomed when they step into the Minnesota State Capitol, she said.

6:07 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Protesters in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood remain peaceful

From CNN’s Dan Simon and Anna-Maja Rappard

The protest and occupation of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, dubbed the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone by the activists, was peaceful and calm Thursday.

Seattle police officers were present in the area engaging with protesters. Some officers are inspecting the currently-shuttered precinct that is at the heart of the occupied area.

Although President Trump called the protesters “ugly anarchists” in tweets, the people on the ground dispute that characterization.

Mark Henry Jr., a protester who has been there for the last week, said he “expected Trump to say exactly that.”

“This is a peaceful protest and it has been for over a week,” Henry told CNN.

Other protesters who spoke to CNN also said the protests have been peaceful.

Although Seattle has seen many days of protests, some turned violent following the death of George Floyd, it was unclear if the protesters currently occupying the area were responsible for any violence.

5:59 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

NFL pledges $250 million over 10 years to fight systemic racism

From CNN's Jill Martin

The NFL has announced the league is pledging $250 million over 10 years to fight systemic racism.

"The NFL is growing our social justice efforts through a 10-year total $250 million fund to combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans," the league said.

Read the rest of the statement from the league:  

"The NFL and our clubs will continue to work collaboratively with NFL players to support programs to address criminal justice reform, police reforms, and economic and educational advancement. In addition to the financial commitment, we will continue to leverage the NFL Network and all of our media properties to place an increased emphasis on raising awareness and promoting education of social justice issues to our fans and help foster unity."