Dozens were arrested in Atlanta as protesters took to the streets and the drive-thru where a black man was shot and killed by police was set ablaze. The officer who killed Rayshard Brooks was fired and the police chief has stepped down.
More than 100 people were arrested in London after violence broke out when far-right groups targeted anti-racism demonstrations and scuffled with police, with several giving the Nazi salute.
Police reforms are starting to take hold across the US. One reform repeals a New York state statute that kept secret the personnel and disciplinary records of police officers. States from Florida to California banned chokeholds and neck restraints like the one used on Floyd the day he died in police custody in Minneapolis.
Our live coverage of the anti-racist protests has moved here.
Display of Confederate Battle Flag banned for US Forces Korea
From CNN's Jake Kwon in Seoul
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Four-star General Robert B. Abrams, who commands all US forces in South Korea, has just banned the Confederate Battle Flag or its depiction within USFK work places, public areas, building exteriors, on personnel or on vehicles in a statement released today.
General Abrams goes on to say that as the senior military officer assigned to Korea, and the Commander of ROK US Combined Forces Command, United Nations Command, and US Forces Korea, “it is within my authority and responsibility to take reasonable, necessary and lawful measures to protect people…to ensure good.”
The statement says that effective immediately, all commanders are directed to identify and ensure the removal or display of the Confederate Battle Flag.
Black Lives Matter protester seen carrying a white man through an angry crowd in London says he wants 'equality for all races and people'
A protester carries an injured counter-protester to safety, near the Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest in London, on June 13.
The black man seen carrying an injured white man to safety during a chaotic scene at protests in the UK capital London on Saturday told CNN he did it to avoid catastrophe.
The image of Patrick Hutchinson’s selfless act has now spread across the globe. Hutchinson told CNN Sunday it was the first Black Lives Matter protest he attended, and he helped the white man because he didn’t want the main reason for the protests to be lost in one moment of violence.
“My real focus was on avoiding a catastrophe, all of a sudden the narrative changes into ‘Black Lives Matters, Youngsters Kill Protesters.’ That was the message we were trying to avoid,” Hutchinson said.
Thousands show up for black trans people in nationwide protests
From CNN's Lauren Holt
Black transgender activist Raquel Willis stood on the deck of the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday and led thousands of protesters in a chant.
“I believe in my power,” she said, as people in the crowd echoed the words back. “I believe in your power. I believe in our power. I believe in black trans power.”
The Black Trans Lives Matter rally in New York, one of many nationwide, came after two black trans women – Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, 27, of Philadelphia, and Riah Milton, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio – were murdered last week.
There have been 14 reported murders of trans and gender non-conforming people – including Fells and Milton – since the start of 2020, according to the Human Rights Campaign. But the number of deaths of trans people are likely undercounted, the Human Rights Campaign said in its report on anti-transgender violence in the US in 2019.
Sunday’s protest also took place amid global demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has surged in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
It also followed the Trump administration’s announcement that it is eliminating an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender.
Video appears to show Nassau County police officers shoving black protester to ground, arresting him
From CNN’s Alec Snyder and Mirna Alsharif
Peaceful protests in East Meadow, New York turned contentious Friday night when police were seen on video shoving a black protester to the ground.
A video of the protest went viral on Twitter Saturday and shows Terrel Tuosto of West Hempstead, a nearby town on Long Island, walking alongside Nassau County police officers.
Tuosto is told repeatedly by officers to “move to the side” of the street and he responds, “we’ve got this whole street.” Officers are seen in the video again telling Tuosto and other protesters to remain on the southbound side of the street, and Tuosto responds, “I have the right to walk where I want to walk.”
Tuosto continues to walk before an officer appears to stop abruptly in front of him, causing Tuosto to bump into the officer.
The officers are then seen restraining Tuosto and shoving him into the ground, the video shows. Protesters can be heard on the video yelling at police officers, defending Tuosto by saying he isn’t resisting arrest.
A press release from Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said three protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct and said that police repeatedly made attempts to keep protesters away from moving lanes of traffic.
“This safety precaution was met with strong opposition and resistance which resulted in the arrests of these subjects,” the release said, adding that the arrests come after days of peaceful protests with very few arrests.
Ryder also provided an emailed statement to CNN, in which he said the county police “has provided security for thousands of people at over 80 mostly peaceful protests over the past two weeks.” He also said in the statement that the department supports free speech.
Tuosto confirmed to CNN that he is the person in the video and said he sustained injuries to his knee – which had recently been operated on – as well as his back and neck. He claims officers held him down with a knee on both his back and his neck. Officers charged him with disorderly conduct, Tuosto said.
San Francisco Mayor on defunding the police
In case you missed it earlier, San Francisco MayorLondon Breed discussed reducing funding in the Police Department on CNN’s town hall on race. Though the idea has been around for years, it’s received growing support in recent weeks.
Following on from that, Breed said that officials in San Francisco did make an announcement that they were going to reduce funding in the Police Department and redirect that money specifically to the African American community.
“This does not necessarily mean we are going to completely defund the Police Department. It means that we need to look at ways in which we can reduce the amount of resources that we are providing to the Department, redirect those funds to the African American community in San Francisco for better outcomes.”
Washington Mayor: "Women in leadership are questioned more frequently, more fervently and often more wrongly than our male counterparts"
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser
When asked by a viewer how she navigates her leadership role alongside stereotypes often imposed on African-American women, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said that she and the other mayors who joined CNN’s Town Hall need to “move forward together without all of the bravado and ego that sometimes comes in politics.”
“I think all of the women here will tell that you that women in leadership are questioned more frequently, more fervently and often more wrongly than our male counterparts,” she said. “What we bring to leadership often times are not just big ideas, but a pragmatism to get things done and to really listen to our communities, use our best judgment, and move forward together without all of the bravado and ego that sometimes comes in politics.
“I grew up in public housing … I grew up in poverty, raised by my grandmother. I’ve had a family member killed by police here in San Francisco,” she said. “I’m a mayor, but I’m a black woman first because I have to remind people in San Francisco, with a less than 6% African-American population, that I come from the struggle of African-Americans. And that pain is rooted in who we are, and we are finally seeing something extraordinary, something different, and we want to make sure that this movement, what we see around these protests, amounts to something different.
Wife of Rayshard Brooks say she wants officers to go to jail
From CNN's Jamiel Lynch
In a preview of an interview airing Monday on CBS This Morning, Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks says she wants the officers to go to jail.
“I want them to go to jail,” she said. “I want them to deal with the same thing as if it was my husband who killed someone else. If it was my husband who shot them, he would be in jail. He would be doing a life sentence. They need to be put away.”
When speaking of her husband, Miller said, “Rayshard Brooks is everybody. Just like George is everybody. We are all the people, we are all God’s children.”
“We should feel the pain of those who lost their life to senselessness over authority being taken way overboard,” she said.
Miller’s interview will air on Monday on CBS This Morning.
An autopsy report released on Sunday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said Brooks was shot twice in the back.
The report says that he died from organ damage and blood loss from the two gunshot wounds.
How do you fix inequality in the US healthcare system?
San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Ami Relf, a resident of Bellwood, Illinois, lost her brother Reginald to Covid-19. He was 50 years old, and he was turned away from an urgent care facility before he died.
Relf asked the following:
“Decades of research show blacks receive inferior medical care to white patients. Also, blacks are suspicious and skeptical of the medical field,” she said. “What policies or programs have been implemented to ensure we are not denied and shut out, but are believed and heard and will ultimately receive quality health care?”
Here’s how San Francisco Mayor London Breed responded:
During the early days of the pandemic, Breed said public officials put together an “equity team” that focused on outreach and education in communities unlikely to have access to good healthcare or testing – she mentioned by name the Tenderloin and Bay View-Hunter’s Point.
She said they provided educational resources in multiple languages and food for those who lost their jobs and may not have been eligible for unemployment benefits.
“The work that we did from the very beginning centered around equity and making sure that people like Reginald had access to resources, and I am sorry in this case that the system failed him, and we have to do better because unfortunately, this is a real challenge around the country – access to healthcare, especially for African-Americans,” she said.
Here's what the protests look like in Washington DC
From CNN’s Kim Uhl and Ronnie McCray in Washington, DC.
Protesters marching through downtown DC.
Protesters in Washington DC have shut down part of Interstate 395, a major highway in the nation’s capital.
The small group had continued to march through downtown DC. Some leaders said they were intending to take over a bridge or roads, but it was unclear if they have a specific one in mind. The area where they are marching remains reasonably empty, meaning the protest is not disrupting a lot of vehicular traffic.
Protesters march through a tunnel which leads to a highway in DC.
March leaders emphasized to the demonstrators that it was going to be a peaceful protest telling them not to confront police.
Protesters have shut down a major thoroughfare in Washington. Here's what the mayor has to say
Protesters in Washington have shut down part of Interstate 395, a major highway in the nation’s capital.
The city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, said her city is used to peaceful demonstrations and will support them.
Protests and the coronavirus: Bowser said city authorities are “very concerned,” however, about the possibility of the novel coronavirus spreading among protesters.
“We’ve encouraged people to wear masks, to get tested if they need to get tested here in DC, or if they are traveling here to be tested at home,” she said.
But Bowser also said it’s important that “we not just look to protests that we might be seeing spikes across the country.”
Bowser said that some spikes had predated the protests, including places that held big celebrations for Memorial Day at the end of May.
“So the reopening of America, and in some cases early, has already generated increases in cases,” she said.
Where does Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stand on the defund the police movement?
When asked about growing calls to defund police departments across the country, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that it’s important to place more investment in marginalized and underrepresented communities, especially those of color.
“The status quo has failed everyone,” she said. “We have to do better to invest in communities and we should not be investing here and there based upon race or ethnicity,” she added.
Lightfoot said it’s clear that people across the country feel “that it is way past time that we invest in black and in brown communities; that we invest in a system that shrinks health care gaps; that we invest in a system that eliminates life expectancy gaps; that we make sure that we’ve got good healthy food choices; jobs that you can raise a family on; all the things that have been absent from communities, because we haven’t spent the time and the energy and the resources and focussed on them.”
What about San Francisco?
Mayor London Breed said in San Francisco, authorities are “going to reduce funding in the police department and redirect the money specifically to the African-American community.”
“This does not necessarily mean we are go to completely defund the police department. It means that we need to look at ways in which we can reduce the amount of resources that we’re providing to the department and redirect those funds to the African-American community in San Francisco for better outcomes.”
Read more about what the calls to defund the police mean:
A viewer in Houston asks about police bias toward African-American men
Crystal Cornelius, an oil and gas analyst from Houston, asked Atlanta’s Mayor Bottoms the following:
“On various occasions, we’ve had to call police to our home to make reports of crimes against our property. Upon arrival, and on more than one occasion, the white officers have asked my husband if he is on probation or parole. While this isn’t a physical assault, it is an assault on his character. What do you really think will change this type of mentality among the people who are hired to protect all, not just the people who look like them?”
Mayor Bottoms recalled a similar experience – she said that her husband was detained for shoplifting while he was browsing in a store while wearing a hoodie.
“We have implicit bias training in this city. We require people to go to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. We have housing for our police officers in many of our communities in which they are serving in. But yet, still it is not enough.”
Bottoms said police departments may not be able to train their way out of the situation, because the biases are still there.
The first question in CNN's Town Hall is from Bre Gamble, whose partner Javier Ambler died while being arrested last year
The video of Ambler’s arrest was only released recently.
Here’s what Gamble asked:
“He was not just a co-parent. He was one of my best friends. and now that he is gone due to police brutality, how will you make sure these officers are held to the highest punishment possible of deaths, beatings and mistreatment of citizens, especially when it is racially motivated? When will their position be held in a higher standard than citizens when they commit these crimes?”
Here’s how some of the mayors answered:
Mayor Bowser of Washington:
“What we have tried very hard in Washington DC to do, as we have been reforming our police department over the last 18 years, is build in tools of accountability. In 2015, for example, we outfitted all of our officers, all of our patrol officers with body-worn cameras. It is so important for accountability for the officers and for the public. But it is also important that mayors (and) police chiefs also have tools to make sure that when there is police misconduct, when there is a fatal shooting, when there is a use of force (incident) that we have, as mayors and police chiefs, the ability to quickly institute discipline for officers, all the way up through firing.”
Mayor Breed of San Francisco:
“We know that there are a number of challenges, disproportionately, sadly, in this country historically that African-Americans have faced. And we know that we see even in liberal San Francisco, in many cases we see African-Americans who oftentimes are somehow the ones pulled over mostly by police officers here. And so one of the things that I am pushing for now is to make sure that police are not responding to the calls that don’t involve violence. Why is it if someone is painting in front of their home or doing some sort of chalk drawing that all of a sudden the police need to be involved. And in many cases when it is an African-American things can escalate. We have to hold the departments accountable, but also the bias training and the things that we do around hiring officers (need to change). We have to make sure that people that are racist, that people who have problems working with black people in some capacity or may have never been around a black person in their entire life, they should not be working where they may engage with African-Americans which could lead to some of the situations that we are seeing all over our country.
Atlanta Mayor: "It has been difficult for me to put aside my own anger and sadness"
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN since a police officer shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, it has been “really been difficult for me to put aside my own anger and sadness during this time and really be able to articulate what our communities need to hear, because the reality is that, what can you say?”
Bottoms said in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, officials in Atlanta had convened an advisory committee to look at police use of force later – just three days before Brooks was killed.
CNN's Town Hall has started -- who's joining?
CNN’s Mayors who Matter: A CNN Town Hall on Race and Covid-19 has begun.
Four black female mayors are joining. They are:
Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta.
Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, DC.
London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco.
Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago.
Protesters attempt to get on Atlanta highway
From Melissa Alonso
Protesters attempted to march onto the Interstate 85/75 connector in Atlanta Sunday, video from CNN affiliate WGCL shows.
Protesters gathered outside the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by police Friday. A group of demonstrators are seen walking onto the highway near the fast food outlet and chanting at oncoming traffic.
At least one officer is seen trying to get the group off the road, WGCL video shows.
Moments later, the crowd begins to run away from the highway and someone on a megaphone yells “tear gas,” according to WGCL video. It is not clear from the video whether tear gas was used.
Viral BLM protester helping injured man to safety wants "equality for all races and people"
From CNN's Salma Abdelaziz and Zahid Mahmood
A group of men carry an injured man away after he was allegedly attacked by some of the crowd of protesters, as police try to intervene on the Southbank near Waterloo station in London on June 13.
Luke Dray/Getty Images
Patrick Hutchinson, the Black Lives Matter protester seen in the viral image carrying an injured white man to safety during protests Saturday in the UK capital London, has told CNN that he would like to see “equality for all races and people.”
“I want to see equality for everybody. I am a father, a grandfather and I would love to see my young children, my young grandchildren, my nieces, my nephews have a better world than I have lived in,” Hutchinson said. “The world I live in has been better than my grandparents and my parents and hopefully we can continue until we have total equality for everyone.”
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Hutchinson said that when he saw the man, lying on the stairs in a fetal position surrounded by protesters he know he had to do something. CNN has not been able to identify the man or independently verify what he was doing at the protest before the incident.
Hutchinson said that he and his friends formed a cordon around the man, allowing Hutchinson to scoop him up to take him directly to the police. Adding that while they were marching, the man could still feel people trying to hit him.
“I am carrying him, my friends are protecting myself and the man on my shoulder. He was still receiving blows, you can feel people trying to hit him,” he said. “There were people trying to protect him at the same time carried him over to the police and I said here you are. One of them said ‘thank you – you did a good thing there.’”
Hutchinson said that this was his first Black Lives Matter protest he has attended as “history was in the making,” adding that it was a “no brainer” to support what is happening.
Hutchinson said he would like to break down the race barriers and for people to realize, “we are all one race.”
Atlanta police release images of suspect who started fire at Wendy's amid Rayshard Brooks protest
From CNN's Amir Vera
Atlanta police are looking for the people responsible for starting the fire at Wendy’s Saturday night during protests over the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by police in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant on Friday night.
Here's a glimpse of life in Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)
From CNN’s Elle Reeve in Seattle
People walk around Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone on Sunday, June 14.
Police boarded up the East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and left it unoccupied during protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The mood inside CHAZ is joyous. It’s like a block party or festival for much of the day with parties and performance art at night and in the early morning.
Every day there’s more infrastructure – including medics, guards at the barricades, a “No Cop Co-Op” that’s giving away vegetables, a hot dog truck, and a booth offering free supplies that have been donated.
Protesters have also hung signs on the East Precinct, some of which read “Seattle People Department” and “The Property of the People,” according to CNN affiliate KOMO.
People have pitched tents in Cal Anderson Park.
Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images
In the park, some people have created gardens and are planting crops. Couches have been used to create a “conversation corner,” where people can talk about racism, Black Lives Matter and other topics.
Most people wear masks during the day. But at night, a lot come off. People burn sage and incense.
Protesters in the area plan to stay as long as it takes to affect change, according to KOMO. Many said they want to defund the police department.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Assistant Police Chief Deanna Nollette said officers are still responding to emergency calls in the area. Nollette said police had received reports that protesters allegedly set up barricades, “with some armed individuals running them as checkpoints into the neighborhood.”
Rayshard Brooks autopsy shows he was shot in the back twice, medical examiner says
From CNN's Jamiel Lynch
Courtesy Stewart Trial Attorneys
Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back, according to a release by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The report says that Brooks died from organ damage and blood loss from the two gunshot wounds.
The autopsy, performed on Sunday, lists Brooks’ cause of death as gunshot wounds to the back, the manner of death is listed as homicide.
Brooks family attorney calls statement from officer after shooting "very disturbing"
From CNN’s Raja Razek
Justin Miller, the Brooks family attorney, told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Sunday that a police officer’s first comment after the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks is “very disturbing.”
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s told CNN “we actually get a chance to hear the officer’s first statement after the shooting took place. And what the officer said is not that his life was saved. What his statement was, he said, ‘I got him.’”
Miller said he and the family are aware of the “I got him” statement.
Miller also discussed the autopsy, saying they have not seen the report, but they know some of the things that will be in it.
“We know he was shot twice in the back. Once in his mid-back and once in his buttocks and those shots ended up killing him,” Miller said.
Regarding charges, Miller said “this is a little different than say George Floyd’s murder because it is still a murder, but the legalities just, they fall differently when there is a scuffle and a taser and then a fleeing person who is killed.”
As for what Miller expects the charges to be, he said “it probably will not be murder.”
“That’s a very hard thing to charge,” Miller said. “You know, you just look at all the other cases that were a bit clearer and, you know, just as deadly to the client, and they were not charged with murder.”
Miller did say it was good people and city leaders are taking steps “to mitigate problems.”
“But it is not justice, and we don’t really think it can ever be justice because a man’s life was taken, children lost a father, and a wife lost a husband.”
Police cameras show fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks
From CNN's Kat Jennings
Bodycam video released by the Atlanta Police Department show the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks.
Volunteers paint "Black Lives Matter" on a Brooklyn street
From CNN’s Mirna Alsharif
A group of volunteers painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in yellow on a street in Brooklyn, New York. The mural mimics the painting on a street in Washington D.C, according to an Instagram post by Councilman Robert E. Cornegy Jr.
Cornegy is a councilman for the 36th District, which includes the Bedford-Stuyvesant and part of the Crown Heights neighborhoods.
Cornegy said the NYPD closed the street so the mural could be painted, and that the NYC Department of Buildings assisted with moving construction equipment from the street so that the artist could “complete his vision unadulterated.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio previously announced BLM murals would be painted in each of the five boroughs, but said on Sunday that this mural is not part of his five borough plan. The mayor’s office is aware of the mural and worked with Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. to make it happen, said spokeswoman Julia Arredondo.
Atlanta protester brought her son along so he would have an outlet for his pain
From CNN's Natasha Chen
Salena Crawford attended her first protest on Sunday, she told CNN’s Natasha Chen.
She said the frustration of watching black men killed in the streets is too much for her family, and so she wanted to give her sons an outlet to voice their pain.
Her 16-year-old son, Seth, was with her at the protest. “I feel frustrated when it happens,” he said.
Beyoncé pens letter to Kentucky Attorney General calling for justice for Breonna Taylor
The singer specifically called on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to bring criminal charges against the three officers involved, commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of the officers’ criminal conduct, and to investigate the LMPD’s response to Taylor’s murder as well as the “pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens.”
In the letter, Beyonce notes repeatedly that it’s been three months since Taylor’s death and the “LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers,” specifically pointing to what she says is discrepancies in the incident report and claims by the LMPD. She also notes all officers involved in the incident remain employed.
Taylor’s family also released a statement through attorney Lonita Baker:
“We are extremely grateful that so many icons have used their voice to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. As Beyoncé and others have said, it has been 3 months since Breonna was murdered and her killers have yet to be fired or criminally charged. It is time that our elected leaders, including Mayor Fischer and AG Cameron, stop hiding behind the guise of what we know has been a botched investigation and do the right thing by firing and charging John Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes for their roles in the murder of Breonna Taylor.”
District attorney on Atlanta shooting: We're having "difficulty" getting body camera footage
From CNN's Melissa Alonso
An autopsy of Rayshard Brooks was conducted Sunday as part of the homicide investigation, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard said in a statement.
Several technical requirements are pending before the DA reaches a decision on possible charges. These include confirmation of the ballistics and a preliminary report from the medical examiner, the statement says.
A local attorney provided the names of two witnesses. The DA is working to speak with them before making a decision midweek, the statement says.
Atlanta protester explains why only the Wendy's was burned during protests
From CNN's Boris Sanchez
Atlanta protester Joseth Jett explained to CNN’s Boris Sanchez on Sunday why someone burned the Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed in a police shooting.
“I do feel bad about people who have lost their job, but at the same time, we burned this building and not any other building around here,” Jett said. “We burned this one specifically because of what happened here … This goes back to what our mission is, making sure that there is justice served for the person that died over here at this Wendy’s.”
Brooks was fatally shot during an encounter with police on Saturday.
“At the end of the day, the man ran. The man tried to escape. There was absolutely no reason why a gun needs to be pulled when a man is trying to run,” Jett said.