District Attorney says decision on charges in Rayshard Brooks killing will be made this week
From CNN's Chuck Johnston
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard tells CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield that a decision on charges being brought against an officer involved in the Wendy’s fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks will be made “sometime around Wednesday."
“[Brooks] did not seem to present any threat to anyone. The fact that it would escalate to his death seems unreasonable,” Howard said.
Garrett Rolfe, the officer who killed Brooks, was terminated Saturday, police spokesman Carlos Campos said.
There are three charges under consideration: murder, felony murder, or voluntary manslaughter.
3:13 p.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Cory Booker says GOP senator told him qualified immunity was "on the table"
From CNN's Nicky Robertson
Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, said that Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana, told him qualified immunity for police officers was “on the table” for the Senate's police reform bill.
In an interview on CBS's “Face the Nation," Booker said “I know the heart of Tim Scott, and senators like Senator Braun who said to me qualified immunity is on the table.”
Minutes earlier, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who is leading the GOP effort on police reform, said on “Face the Nation” that qualified immunity is a “poison pill,” and that the President signaled it is not on the table.
Scott has been working with a group of five Republican senators to develop legislation. Braun is not a member of this small group.
Now is the time for “bold change,” not incremental changes, Booker told CNN’s Manu Raju earlier this week when he was asked about Scott’s plan. He would not comment on specifics elements of the plan.
1:03 p.m. ET, June 14, 2020
GOP Senator Lankford says he supports ban on police use of chokeholds
From CNN's Nicky Robertson and Allison Main
Senator James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma, told CNN today he supports banning the use of chokeholds by police.
“I do believe chokeholds should be banned,” Lankford told CNN’s Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Lankford noted that departments have already de-facto banned chokeholds because they do not train officers to use it and tell officers that they should not use things that they have not been trained to do.
As of Friday, June 12, at least 20 cities and municipalities in the United States are starting to ban or have banned the use of chokeholds in policing, according to information gathered by CNN.
President Trump last week seemed to indicate that he supported a ban, but his comments still left some questions. “I don't like chokeholds,” he told Fox in an interviews. He said at times there is a one-on-one fight for a person’s life in which a chokehold is used. “That does happen. And that does happen. So you have to be careful ... It would be, I think, a very good thing that generally speaking, it be should be ended.”
Lankford is part of the Senate effort to put together a bipartisan police reform proposal, according to his colleague Sen. Tim Scott who is spearheading the effort.
Sen. Lankford said proposed legislation is set to be released this week.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, Democrat from California, told Fox's Chris Wallace "at the end of the day, you know legislation is always a compromise," before noting that she was "extremely hopeful" the police reform bill introduced by House Democrats would advance through the Senate and be signed into law.
Pressed on if there are certain elements of the bill she is willing to compromise on and others she views as nonnegotiable, Bass said there are, but she was not prepared to provide more details.
"At the end of the day, we are going to get a bill on the President's desk," Bass asserted. She said the House has its first vote on the bill in committee this week.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats aim to bring the bill to a floor vote the week of June 22.
12:00 p.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Black Lives Matter mural vandalized in Vermont, governor says
From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott tweeted Sunday that the Black Lives Matter painting in front of the State House was vandalized “early this morning, in an effort to fuel hate and division…”
“This act of vandalism only reinforces that we’re not immune to racism, divisiveness and hate in Vermont," he tweeted.
He directed the Vermont State Police and Department of Buildings and General Services to assist the Montpelier Police Department in an investigation.
Read his tweets:
11:54 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Only Black Republican senator says Rayshard Brooks killing is different than George Floyd's
From CNN's Nicky Robertson
The US Senate’s only African American Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina, said today that the Friday night killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta is “far less clear” than that of George Floyd in Minneapolis in which an officer used a chokehold on him.
“That situation is certainly a -- a far less clear one than the ones that we saw with George Floyd and several other ones around the country,” Scott told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
The South Carolina Republican is leading the GOP effort in the Senate on police reform.
When asked specifically if he believes there is systemic racism in law enforcement, Scott responded “I will say most of us don't really understand the definition of systemic racism.”
He did say that “there’s no question that the outcomes seem to have a racial component,” in situations with law enforcement officials.
11:37 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
At least seven Minneapolis police officers have resigned since George Floyd's death
From CNN's Aaron Cooper
At least seven Minneapolis police officers have resigned from the department since unrest began following the death of George Floyd last month, and more than half a dozen are in the process of leaving, City of Minneapolis spokesperson, Casper Hill tells CNN's Aaron Cooper.
“As of Wednesday, HR has processed separations of employment for seven MPD employees since Memorial Day. That number does not include the four officers involved in the George Floyd case. The reason any employee gives for separating from the City is not public information," Hill said.
“There’s nothing that leads us to believe that at this point the numbers are so great that it’s going to be problematic,” Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder tells the Minneapolis Start Tribune of the parting officers, which include both patrol officers and detectives. “People seek to leave employment for a myriad reasons — the MPD is no exception.”
9:40 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Third ranking House Democrat says he does not support defunding the police — only reforming it
From CNN's Sarah Westwood
Rep. James Clyburn, the House majority whip and one of the leading African American members of Congress, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he does not support defunding the police — only reforming it.
“I would simply say... nobody is going to defund the police,” Clyburn said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We can restructure the police forces, reimagine policing,” Clyburn added.
Clyburn said police should adjust its role to one “that meets the times.”
“The fact of the matter is that police have a role to play,” he said.
Clyburn also commented on the killing of Rayshard Brooks by a police officer in Atlanta.
“I was very incensed over that,” he said. “This did not call for lethal force.”
“I don’t know what’s in the culture that would make this guy do that,” Clyburn said, referring to the now fired officer.
9:36 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Total projected cost of the National Guard to support DC civil unrest is $21.1 million
From CNN's Ryan Browne
The National Guard Bureau confirmed to CNN the total (projected) cost of the National Guard to support the D.C. civil unrest operations is $21.1 million as of June 12. This includes 11 supporting states and the D.C. National Guard.
The Daily Beast first reported the cost estimate.
8:07 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Putin links protests in the US to "deep-rooted crises"
From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin linked the protests that erupted after the killing of George Floyd to “deep-rooted crises” in the United States that also led the “losing side” in the 2016 election to question the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, in the Kremlin leader’s first comments on anti-racist protests that have spread around the US and worldwide.
“I try very carefully to comment or better, not comment, on what is happening in the United States or other countries,” Putin said, according to an excerpt from an interview posted online by state television channel Rossiya 1 on Sunday.
“What happened there is a manifestation of some deep-rooted internal crises. In fact, we have been observing this for a long time now, from the moment the incumbent president came to power, when he obviously won in an absolutely democratic way, and the losing side came up with all sorts of tales in order to question his legitimacy,” Putin added.
In the interview, the Russian President’s first major media engagement since coronavirus hit Russia, Putin said the pandemic “highlighted more broad problems” in the US and added that he thinks “partisan interests put above those of the people” are the main problem in American politics.