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9:15 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Senate panel adopts plan to remove Confederate leaders names from military assets

From CNN's Manu Raju, Ted Barrett and Nikki Carvajal

The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment behind closed doors for the Pentagon to remove the names of Confederate generals from military assets within three years, according to a source familiar with the proceedings, just as President Trump vowed to fight any such effort.

The amendment was offered by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, defining assets as property own or controlled by the Pentagon, whether it’s a base, installation, facility, aircraft, ship, plane or type of equipment. The amendment would create an independent commission to review and develop a detailed plan for removing the names.

The move came as Trump rejected calls to remove the name of Confederate generals from military bases, citing American heritage, and the White House threatened to veto any bill that did such that.

The amendment was added to the annual defense authorization bill, and it could still be stripped out as it makes its way through the legislative process. If Trump were to veto such a bill, it would be a big risk given the popular defense measure sets policy for the Pentagon.

US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are said to be open to holding a "bipartisan conversation" about renaming nearly a dozen major bases and installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders, according to an Army official.

9:09 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Democratic congressman: Trump is “unable to comprehend the moment”

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, on CNN's "New Day" on June 11.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, on CNN's "New Day" on June 11. CNN

Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, said that President Trump’s opposition to any effort to rename major bases and installations named after Confederate military commanders is racist.

“Donald Trump is exactly who I thought he was — and that's a racist,” Richmond said.
“This guy in the White House is just unable to comprehend the moment. And he's unable to heal this country. So, of course he's going to retreat where he always retreats. And that is, when his numbers look bad, when things are not going his way, he doubles down on racism,” he added. 

Trump rejected calls yesterday to remove the name of Confederate generals from military bases, citing American heritage, and the White House threatened to veto any bill that did such that.

Richmond, a co-chair for Joe Biden’s campaign, also addressed the differences between Democratic and Republican plans for policing reforms.

The Republican proposal does not explicitly ban chokeholds.

“I mean, if we still have to explain why banning chokeholds or measures that restrict the airways is important, then I think we have not acknowledged the moment in American history,” Richmond told CNN's John Berman. 

Richmond said that if Republicans refuse to address chokeholds in their bill, it’s a “nonstarter” for him personally.  

"Well, 8 minutes 46 seconds, a knee on the neck, and if they are not willing to ban chokeholds … I really don't want to talk to them,” he said. “… [If] they cannot acknowledge that is the starting point, then we can't go anywhere from there. I mean, I just think that that is so clear that it's absurd that they can't get there.”

Richmond said he has no expectations on a possible Trump executive order on police reform.

“I have no expectations from this President. If he does it, it will only be because of his staff pushing him there because of poll numbers,” he said. 

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

George Floyd's brother testified before Congress yesterday. Here's what he said.

From CNN's Clare Foran and Manu Raju

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, testifies on Capitol Hill on June 10.
Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, testifies on Capitol Hill on June 10. Greg Nash/Pool/AP

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, appeared yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on policing and law enforcement accountability.

He told House lawmakers yesterday that his brother "didn't deserve to die over $20," and called for police accountability and reform.

Here are some of the key quotes from his testimony:

  • On police reform: "Make the necessary changes to make law enforcement the solution and not the problem," he said.
  • On use of force: "Teach them what necessary force is. Teach them that deadly force should be used rarely and only when life is at risk. George wasn't hurting anyone that day. He didn't deserve to die over $20."
  • On his brother's last moments: "He gave the little that he had to help others. He was our gentle giant ... I was reminded of that when I watched the video of his murder. He called all the officers 'sir.' ... The men who took his life, who suffocated him for eight minutes and 46 seconds. He still called them 'sir' as he begged for his life."
  • On his request to lawmakers: "I'm tired. I'm tired of pain, the pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother who you looked up to for your whole entire life die, die begging for his mom. I'm here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired."

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8:22 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Founder of Scout movement statue to be “put into safe storage”

From CNN's Sebastian Shukla in London

A statue of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, is seen at Poole Quay in Dorset, England, on June 11.
A statue of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, is seen at Poole Quay in Dorset, England, on June 11. Andrew Matthews/PA/AP

A statue of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, is to be moved Thursday to “safe storage” amid concern that it could be targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

The statue is located at Poole Quay, on England’s south coast. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council cited fears of public disorder and anti-social behavior and said it wanted to allow time for community discussion.

“We acknowledge the differing views of the life activities of Baden-Powell and want to create time for all views to be aired, and to minimise the risk of any public disorder or antisocial behaviour that could arise were the statue to remain in situ,” said a statement released by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

The council's leader, Chancellor Vikki Slade, said: “Whilst famed for the creation of the Scouts, we also recognise that there are some aspects of Robert Baden-Powell’s life that are considered less worthy of commemoration.”

The Dorset County Scouts group is said to “support” the removal.

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, southwest England, pulled down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the River Avon. A statue of Scottish merchant and slave-owner Robert Milligan was taken down Tuesday from the Docklands area in east London after a petition called for its removal.

Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood, who represents Bournemouth East, tweeted that a national debate on Britain's past was "overdue" but that "simply expunging past connections from sight won't correct wrongs or help us better learn from our past."

The statue of Baden-Powell was installed on the quayside in 2008 and faces Brownsea island in Poole Harbour, where the Scout movement he founded began.

Baden-Powell served in the British military overseas in the late 19th century, including in the Second Boer War in South Africa.

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8:37 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Police in Australia say Black Lives Matter protesters could face arrest

From CNN's Isaac Yee in Hong Kong 

Protesters gather in Sydney on June 6.
Protesters gather in Sydney on June 6. Rick Rycroft/AP

Police in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) have warned Black Lives Matter protesters they could face potential arrest if they participate in "unauthorized gatherings."

Rallies in support of Black Lives Matter and Australia’s Aboriginal Lives Matter movement are planned to take place across Australia on Friday.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said Thursday that police in the state had "not received formal notification of that event, so, therefore, it is deemed as unauthorized."

Willing added: “Those that attend [unauthorized events] will not have the protections of the Summary Offences Act, so people can be moved on. People who are obstructing traffic or pedestrian movement can be subject to move-on directions. And, of course, that may well lead to arrests, if possible. We do not want to see that."

Police have urged people to “abide by the current health orders,” citing the case of a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne.

New South Wales authorities' rules on public gatherings during the pandemic state that no more than 20 people should gather outdoors. 

"Do not go to those rallies,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday.

"When it comes to the issue of gatherings and protests, the health advice says it put other Australians' lives at risk, including, in particular, indigenous lives."

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12:28 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

The Knicks responded to unrest 15 days after Floyd's death. Now they're taking heat.

From CNN's Calum Trenaman

The New York Knicks and James Dolan, the executive chairman of the team's parent company, The Madison Square Garden Company, have come under fire for their delayed response to George Floyd's death.

Most NBA organizations were quick to issue public responses, but the MSGC only issued a statement Tuesday -- 15 days after Floyd's death -- which was posted to the Knicks' social media accounts, along with those of the New York Rangers, dancing troupe the Rockettes and the MSGC's official social media feeds.

The statement read: "Every one of us has a role to play in creating a more just and equal society, where there is no racism, bigotry, violence or hate. We stand with all who act for positive change."

However, the Knicks have faced backlash, owing to the length of time it took for a statement to be released publicly and the omission of any reference to Black Lives Matter.

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12:28 p.m. ET, June 11, 2020

7 L.A. officers removed from field duties after using excessive force, police say

From CNN's By Alexandra Meeks and Christina Maxouris

At least seven Los Angeles police officers were removed from their field duties after using excessive force during recent protests, the police department told CNN Wednesday.

The move comes as police across the nation have come under fire for violent responses to demonstrators protesting police brutality. Critics have pointed to the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and in several cases, physical actions as examples of excessive force.

"The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate allegations of misconduct, violations of Department policy, and excessive force during the recent civil unrest," police said in a statement. "Seven employees have been assigned to non-field duties due to improper actions during the protests."

The department has assigned 40 investigators to "look into every complaint thoroughly" and "hold every officer accountable for their actions," the department said. Fifty-six complaints are currently being investigated, with 28 involving alleged uses of force, Los Angeles police said.

After facing backlash over how LAPD officers treated demonstrations during the first week of protests, city officials announced they would not prosecute those arrested for curfew violations and failure to disperse.

The protests in Los Angeles and across the country began after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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3:12 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Tulsa police release body cam video of officers handcuffing black teenagers for jaywalking

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

Tulsa police have released body camera footage from two officers who arrested a black teenager and handcuffed a second for jaywalking last week.

The videos were released in response to social media messages from the community about the arrest, police said. The videos appear to have been blurred and redacted by police to conceal the teenagers' identities.

In the videos of the June 4 incident, the two teenagers can be seen walking down the middle of a road together before they are approached by an officer on foot and a second in a squad car.

Once the officers reach the teenagers, one officer can then be seen forcing a teenager onto his stomach to handcuff him, while holding him down with his arms and knees. The second teenager is also handcuffed, but doesn't struggle and remains standing.

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2:42 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020

Edward Colston statue salvaged from Bristol Harbour

 From CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq

The statue of a 17th century British slave trader that was dumped into Bristol Harbour has been salvaged, Bristol's City Council said.

The Council said the statue was retrieved because it could not stay on the harbor floor while the waters were being used by ships.

Protesters on Sunday pulled down the statue of Edward Colvin and threw it into the River Avon while demonstrating in solidarity with Black Lives Matters protesters in the United States.

 

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees previously said in a statement that the statue would be put in a museum "alongside Black Lives Matter placards from the recent protest so the 300 year story of slavery through to today’s fight for racial equality can be learnt about."