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George Floyd protest live updates: Officers shot in Vegas, St. Louis

Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.

Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.

Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.

This story is being updated throughout the Tuesday. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern:

1:40 p.m.: NY trooper pushing back demonstrators gets hit by speeding SUV

A 19-year veteran trooper of the New York State Police was pushing back a crowd of demonstrators in Buffalo on Monday night when he was hit by a speeding SUV, authorities said.

A Buffalo police officer was also hit by the car and a second trooper was run over.

Troopers fired at the SUV, state police said, and then the driver and passengers were taken into custody.

The veteran trooper was taken to the hospital with a shattered pelvis and broken leg, state police said. The other officers suffered minor injuries.

Those in the SUV were not seriously hurt.

1 p.m.: Surveillance video released from fatal police shooting in Louisville

Authorities on Tuesday released surveillance video from an incident which caused the death of David McAtee, a black man shot by officers in Louisville, Kentucky, during protests.

McAtee owned a local BBQ restaurant which was frequented by police officers, Mayor Greg Fischer said.

At about 12:15 a.m. Monday, members of the Louisville police and Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they "were fired upon," Gov. Andy Beshear said. The local police and National Guard returned fire, "resulting in a death," Beshear said.

Video footage from McAtee's restaurant and a neighboring business appeared to show officers approaching McAtee's business, police said Tuesday.

McAtee then appeared to fire a gun outside his restaurant, toward the officers, police said. Officers took cover and returned fire, police said.

From the footage it appears McAtee fired first, police said.

Authorities cautioned Tuesday that the video does not provide all of the answers.

Why officers were approaching McAtee's restaurant in the first place is under investigation, police said.

The officers have not yet been interviewed, police said.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has since been fired after it was announced that no body camera footage was available of the shooting, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Conrad previously said he would retire at the end of June after facing immense pressure following the March death of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman who was shot dead by police while in her home.

The Kentucky State Police will independently investigate McAtee's death, the governor said Monday.

12:15 p.m.: Despite overnight looting, Chicago to move into next phase of reopening

Amid overnight looting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised Tuesday, "we are 110% dedicated to you successfully reopening safely and securely."

Lightfoot said she was with one business owner who "burst into tears" and "broke down" as she looked at the devastation to her store.

Despite the unrest, Lightfoot said Chicago will move into phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening on Wednesday.

"We want economic activity to resume peacefully and safely in every single neighborhood, especially those hurting the most," Lightfoot said.

11:12 a.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in NYC, curfew extended through the week

In New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, nearly 700 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation.

Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts.

Some officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.

It also appeared officers were shot at, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, condemning it as "unacceptable."

"I know people want peace," de Blasio stressed Tuesday, "and I know the want change."

"I know we will overcome this," he said, adding he's asked community leaders to "step forward" and "take charge."

"Do not let outsiders attack your community ...do not let criminals attack your community," the mayor said. "I'll be standing by you."

New York City will now be under a nine-hour curfew each night this week, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.

The mayor on Tuesday asked those who want to protest to do so during the day, and then return home.

He also said he's very worried that protests are leading to the spread of the coronavirus.

10:40 a.m.: Senate Judiciary to hold hearing on George Floyd's death, policing in US

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he's planning to hold a hearing on June 16 to examine Floyd's death and policing in the country, promising to "take a deep dive" into the issue.

"It's a long-overdue wake-up call to the country that there are too many of these cases where African American men die in police custody under fairly brutal circumstances," he said. "It's clear to me that policing among men in the African American community is a topic that needs to be discussed and acted upon, and I expect this committee to do its part."

"I'd like to get to the root cause of it. Mr. Floyd's case is outrageous on its face, but I think it speaks to a broader issue," said Graham, R-S.C. "We just need to get to the bottom of what happened and what we can do to fix it."

Graham called community policing "the anecdote."

"I don't know how to make that a reality, but we'll have a hearing along those lines," Graham said.

9 a.m.: More than 500 arrested overnight in NYC

In New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, more than 500 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation.

Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts.

Several officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.

7:35 a.m.: Minnesota Attorney General says he is considering all charges for Derek Chauvin, including first degree murder

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison confirmed he is "considering all charges" and that "all options are on the table," when it comes to prosecuting Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

Speaking to ABC News' Good Morning America, Ellison, who has taken over the prosecution in Floyd's death, warned that the case must be dealt with methodically and that prosecuting Chauvin would not necessarily be easy.

"Generally, jurors resolve all doubts in favor of the police," said Ellison. "The system is such that there are certain immunities police have, there are certain presumptions. There are relationships that police have that are established over the course of years. And the fact is if you just look at the Freddie Gray case, people looked at that video and were quite certain that there needed to be a conviction. No one was."

"The fact is these cases are not easy," said Ellison. "And anybody who says they are has never done one."

Ellison was reluctant to give a firm deadline on the timeline of the case but confirmed that the public could see charges very soon.

"We are having a fresh review from what the county attorney has already done ... and we are looking at this case with fresh eyes," said Ellison. "There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable."

Said Ellison: "The public has an expectation that there will be, there will render assistance when necessary, that [police] will not add harm. Just saying 'I didn't know' and 'I was following orders', I don't think is working for the public anymore. That is not a comment about the evidence or the law. It is a comment about where the public's mind is these days."

Ellison said that he and his team are moving "expeditiously" but warned that they also have to move carefully which could take more time than the public would like.

"There are numerous videos, numerous witness statements, a lot of stuff to go through for us to do due diligence," Ellison stated. "We are not going to prolong this any longer than is absolutely necessary to do that due diligence and we are moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully. I know that is unsatisfying to people. They want, what they want immediately, and of course people have waited too long and have been too patient over the years but this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now."

6:49 a.m.: Las Vegas police officer in critical condition and on life support

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a brief press conference to update the public on the two shooting incidents that took place amid protests happening across the city last night.

In the first incident, an officer was engaging with protesters near the Circus Circus hotel and casino and was shot.

"Our officers were attempting to take rocks and bottles from the crowd," said Lombardo during the press conference. "Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down."

The suspect in that shooting has been taken into custody but Lombardo said the police officer who was shot is in "extremely critical condition and on life support currently."

The second incident occurred at the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard when officers who were posted at the federal building to protect it from protesters encountered a suspect at approximately 11:22 p.m. armed with multiple weapons and appeared to be wearing body armor.

When authorities approached the individual, the suspect reached for one of those weapons and was subsequently shot by the responding officers.

The suspect later died at the hospital.

"This is a tragic night for our community," said Lombardo. "With these protests, which are leading to riots, one tragedy is only leading to another ... our investigations into both these incidents will be ongoing throughout the morning."

"What has occurred is utterly, utterly unacceptable and I hope the community sees it that way too," he concluded.

5:43 a.m.: Peaceful protests in New York City devolve into night of looting

Peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd devolved Monday night into jarring moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation in New York.

There were more than 200 arrests and widespread vandalism in Midtown Manhattan and along Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, much of which went down after the citywide 11 p.m. curfew.

Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many more retailers boarded up their storefronts, giving the heart of a vibrant city already shuttered for the virus the look of blight.

There were also several reports of officers being hit by vehicles of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.

4:14 a.m.: Two police officers shot in Las Vegas in separate incidents

Two police officers have been shot in separate incidents in Las Vegas as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.

One officer was shot near the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and the other officer was shot about two miles away in the 2800 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard.

The condition of the two officers is currently unknown. Police have said the scene is active and have asked the public to avoid the areas.

3:22 a.m.: Four police officers shot in St. Louis on a night of violent protests

St. Louis Police Chief Hayden John Hayden held a press conference regarding four officers that were shot amid protests last night.

He confirmed that all four officers have non life threatening injuries. Two were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the arm.

Police Chief Hayden said that a peaceful protest began around 3 p.m. with a couple of thousand people in attendance but that sometime later a group of about 200 people started looting.

The group reportedly ignited fireworks and set them off aiming at the officers. Hayden also said the officers, who he said exhibited restraint throughout the entire ordeal, also had gas thrown on them.

That is when, he said, several officers, who were standing on the line, all of a sudden felt pain and realized that they had been fired upon with four of them being hit, according to Hayden.

The Police Chief also confirmed that there are still reports of gunshots being fired in the city that they're trying to get under control.

The officers were taken to hospital and treated for their wounds. The investigation into who shot them is ongoing.

1:57 a.m.: LAPD Chief apologizes for equating looters with officers involved in Floyd's death

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore apologized for a remark he made during a mayor's press conference Monday afternoon where he said: "We didn't have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers ... We didn't have protests last night. We had criminal acts."

The comment was met with immediate backlash and Black Lives Matter LA called for Moore to be fired in a tweet.

Several hours later, Police Chief Moore, amid much criticism, issued an apology on Twitter saying that he misspoke during the press conference.

12:44 a.m.: Protests mostly peaceful in NYC, Denver, Louisville

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted late Monday night that any unrest has calmed down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the site of clashes between protesters and police over the last few days.

De Blasio said protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful on this latest night of demonstrations, but that some people during the evening caused some damage that won't be allowed.

In Denver, protesters at the State Capitol took a knee and observed eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence -- the same amount of time Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck before Floyd died. Only the sound of helicopters above and honking in the distance could be heard.

Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer also said protests in his city were largely peaceful.

The mayor said the peaceful demonstrations honored the memory of David McAtee, the local restaurant owner who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers early Monday morning.

12:27 a.m.: Streets quiet in nation's capital

The city of Washington, D.C., has been relatively quiet tonight compared to the violence of the past weekend, law enforcement and homeland security officials tell ABC News.

Officials report sporadic disturbances in Chinatown, where tear gas was deployed near the Convention Center.

City and federal law enforcement, as well as the military, has had a heavy presence on the city streets, with aircraft, including a Black Hawk helicopter, patrolling overhead.

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Six Atlanta police officers charged in forceful arrests of college students in car

vmargineanu/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News

(ATLANTA) -- Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after forcefully pulling two college students out of a car, smashing its windows and using a stun gun in the course of an arrest as protests continued nearby, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that arrest warrants were issued for Lonnie Hood, Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Armond Jones, Willie Sauls and Ivory Streeter for the caught-on-camera incident.

Howard said Hood, Sauls, Streeter and Jones repeatedly used stun guns on Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgram and pulled them from the vehicle. They were variously charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

Young suffered suffered a fracture of his wrist and received 24 stitches for a large gash. Howard said Young was charged with eluding the police and released on a signature bond. Pilgram was not charged.

"I feel a little safer that these monsters are off the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else from this point on," said Young at the press conference on Tuesday. "We just hope there is a change in the police culture."

After the video went viral on social media, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for Young's charges to get dismissed and fired officers Gardner and Streeter. The rest of the officers are on desk duty.

Howard is giving the officers until June 5 to turn themselves in.

"We will ask for a $10,000 signature bond as they are trying to limit the amount of people in jail as the coronavirus pandemic is still an issue in Georgia," said Howard.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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Funeral and memorial services for George Floyd schedule announced

cmannphoto/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Family, friends and supporters of George Floyd will honor his memory in three cities starting on Thursday.

Floyd died on May 25 after being apprehended by police, as seen in a video that quickly spread across the nation, prompting over a week of demonstrations against police violence and racism.

The first memorial service will be on June 4 in Minneapolis at North Central University's Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary, where Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a "national eulogy" and one of the Floyd family attorneys, Ben Crump, will give a "national criminal justice address." The service will begin at 1 p.m. local time.

Another memorial service will be held on June 6 in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where Floyd was born, at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters. A public viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time and a memorial service will start at 3 p.m.

The celebration of life services will head to Houston, Texas, where Floyd had previously lived, on June 8. A public visitation will occur at The Fountain of Praise on Hillcroft Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. local time.

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather stepped up to pay for the funeral expenses, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN on Monday.

A private funeral service will be held at the same location at 11 a.m. local time.

On May 25, during an arrest, now former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd's neck, video showed. Chauvin, 44, has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other involved officers were also terminated from the police department, but have not been charged as of Tuesday morning.

For over eight minutes, Floyd told the officer, "I can't breathe," and called for his "mama" before he lost consciousness and died. The 46-year-old man was being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store, police said.

Floyd's death sparked national protests calling for an end to people of color, specifically African Americans, dying at the hands of police officers. Floyd was African American and Chauvin is white.

Two autopsy reports determined Floyd's manner of death was a homicide, but were contradictory to the cause.

Crump announced on Monday that an independent autopsy determined the cause of death was by asphyxia "due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain." The autopsy results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded Floyd's death was caused by a cardiopulmonary arrest.

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Fifty Spelman grads learn their student debt has been paid

ABC NewsBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News

(ATLANTA) -- One couple has donated more than $1 million to Spelman College, a historically black institution for women in Atlanta, in order to pay the remaining tuition of nearly 50 graduates.

The donors, Frank Baker and Laura Day Baker, said they realized that college debt can steal graduation dreams and wanted to empower historically underserved communities. The college will receive the money over the next three years.

"We live in a world of have and have nots and people of color tend to be in the have nots and the biggest distinguishing factor is education," Frank Baker, a private equity investor, told ABC News' Deborah Roberts. "As I was brainstorming this with [Spelman College] President Campbell, I really zeroed in on rising seniors who just ran out of gas financially."

The 50 students were chosen by Frank Baker and Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell.

“We took the [decision] back to [Baker] and said, ‘Look, here are the students that would graduate were it not for the fact that their balances were cleared.’ And he said, ‘Let’s do it,’'' according to Campbell.

Spelman College graduate Gabrielle Sumpter was one of the first students to receive the news that she would be a recipient of the scholarship.

“My family and I owed $11,000 … it’s really meaningful that [Baker] invested in an institution he knew was cultivating and developing young black women,” said Sumpter, who is planning on paying the gift forward within the community. “I want to change the world by educating people about different health disparities that are impacting people of color.”

Graduate Thulani Vereen said the donation lifted a financial weight off her shoulders. Her family had $8,000 in student debt.

“In my family it’s always said, ‘Education is a tool to liberation,'" Vereen said. “It’s just like this weight that’s been lifted for my mom and I."

“[The donation is] allowing us to become one step closer to our dreams,” said graduate Erena Reese, who owed $15,000.

Baker, who is a father of three children, said he thought about his own 12-year-old daughter when making the decision.

His advice to the graduates: “Go after it. Be confident. Don’t let anyone look down at you. Don’t let anyone discourage you. I expect nothing but excellence from all of them. And once you get there, remember it’s your turn to give back."

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COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico

Michelle Valentin is shown in this photo, helping distribute food in Puerto Rico. - (Courtesy Michelle Valentin)By CHRISTINA CORUJO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- With the COVID-19 pandemic, the phone at the Food Bank of Puerto Rico hasn't stop ringing. The food organization's president, Denise Santos, says that ever since the island went into lockdown in mid-March, they've seen a surge of people in need.

Prior to the pandemic, the nonprofit, which is part of the Feeding America network, served approximately 1 million pounds of food per month. That number has nearly doubled, reaching 1.9 million pounds, Santos says.

"The stories we hear from people are sad; they are desperate," she added.

But hunger in Puerto Rico didn't start with the pandemic. A study published last year shows that in 2015, 33% of the island's adult population suffered from food insecurity.

"A perfect storm"


Now, with one of the strictest lockdown orders in the U.S., Puerto Rico's economy is expected to decline in the following years, according to a forecast by the island's Financial Oversight Management Board.

Santos says that the island's financial health, poverty levels and the recent natural disasters have already taken a toll on Puerto Ricans' food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic emergency is a new burden in what she calls the island's "perfect storm."

Fortunately, as the number of people in need has become more apparent, the number of individuals trying to help has grown.

Michelle Valentín is a social worker at a school in San Juan. She started helping some of her students by giving them groceries. As time passed, she started to notice how the hunger issue went beyond the community she served.

"One day I got a message with a picture that showed an empty fridge," Valentín said. That was the moment she said she decided it was time to do more.

In late April, Valentín started a Facebook page called "Aportando a tu mesa" (Contributing To Your Table), which focuses on helping individuals with food supplies and meals. Through donations and help from 20 volunteers, Valentín says she has been able to have an impact on some 8,000 people in just one month.

"Sometimes we think of people in need and other countries come to mind, but there is so much need in Puerto Rico," Valentín added.

With the uncertain economic scenario, both Santos and Valentin are worried about Puerto Ricans' well-being.

"This [food insecurity] has to be a priority; we need public policy," said Heriberto Martínez, president of Puerto Rico's Economists Association. "One of the United States' biggest sins is to have U.S. citizens going hungry," Martínez added.

Puerto Rico is not part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Although the island has a food stamp program, it's based on a fixed block grant that can't be automatically adjusted if demand is high. To do so, Congress would have to approve additional funds.

Sanders and Velázquez advocate for Puerto Rico


"It is shameful and unconscionable that, when it comes to food security, they receive disparate treatment through a program that fails to help them when they need it most," said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, of New York, in a press release.

Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and Velázquez introduced the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for the Territories Act of 2020, which would allow residents in the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico to receive equal access to SNAP benefits.

"For far too long, the U.S. government has failed the people of Puerto Rico," Sanders said in a written statement.

The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, Sen. Sanders' press office told ABC News.

Martínez says that while nonprofit organizations have made the difference to help those in need, it's time that both the local and federal government take action. "If food insecurity doesn't become a topic of public policy, this could lead to social conflict, misery and more migration."

As the COVID-19 emergency continues to take a toll among Puerto Ricans in need, experts are expecting that about 300,000 residents could leave the island in the next two years, according to a recent study by Inteligencia Economica, an investigative firm in Puerto Rico.

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'It’s a tough place to be in right now': US police face scrutiny and violence amid angry protests

amphotora/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- While police officers across the country have come under scrutiny for a series of ugly encounters with protesters demanding justice in the wake of the white officer-involved killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis, law enforcement veterans say controversial videos capturing what appears to be excessive use of force don't tell the whole story or take into account agitators and brazen criminals capitalizing on the chaos.

Demonstrations across the country have turned violent and deadly for U.S. police officers who find themselves walking a delicate balance between protecting protesters' First Amendment rights and guarding property from being looted and destroyed.

A police officer was shot and critically wounded in Las Vegas Monday night when a peaceful demonstration turned violent, authorities said. The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was engaging with protesters near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino when the shooting occurred, officials said. In a second incident in Las Vegas, police shot a suspect they alleged was wielding multiple weapons outside a courthouse. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In St. Louis, four officers were shot and wounded during a protest that drew several thousand people and turned into a free-for-all in which fireworks and gas were hurled at police and mobs began looting businesses, officials said.

In New York City, video emerged of an officer being attacked by a group of men in the Bronx who appeared to throw a heavy object at the officer while he was on the ground. Several officers were struck by cars Monday night and there was widespread looting and vandalism across the city, including at luxury stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). At least 500 arrests were made Monday night and into Tuesday morning in New York, where a curfew went into effect at 11 p.m. Monday.

On Friday night, Dave Patrick Underwood, a Federal Protective Service contract officer, was shot and killed at the federal building in Oakland, California. Underwood was slain while on duty and the FBI says shots were fired by an unidentified person in a vehicle. Authorities are investigating whether it was tied to a protest.

“This is what we’re looking at right now. It’s a tough place to be in right now," Robert Boyce, the retired chief of detectives of the NYPD and an ABC News contributor, said of police on the front lines of American discord.

Eddie Johnson, the former Chicago police superintendent, added that police are juggling two volatile situations: legitimate protesters venting their anger in a peaceful way and violent agitators bent on destruction.

"That’s unfortunate because it takes away from the real message of how police interact with people in general, especially people of color, African Americans," Johnson told ABC News. "It’s completely taken away from that message and now all the focus is on violence and it’s a shame."

Nearly 800 people were arrested in Chicago during protests over the weekend when groups split off from demonstrations and began looting and vandalizing businesses, police said.

On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump, who critics say has fueled some of the violence with inflammatory tweets suggesting protesters could be shot for looting, said he has seen enough and threatened to use the military to quell the violence. In a White House Rose Garden speech, with protesters assembled right outside the gates, Trump implored governors across the nation to boost the presence of National Guard troops in cities to "dominate the streets."

"As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property," he said. "We will end it now."

The president said he is "ally of all peaceful protesters" while at the same time the National Guard and police were using force to disperse a peaceful protest outside the White House gates so Trump could cross the street to a vandalized St. John's Episcopal Church to be photographed holding a Bible.

Jarrod Burguan, the former police chief of San Bernardino, California, and an ABC News contributor, said police commanders nationwide are weighing how much leeway to give legitimate protesters. But when conditions deteriorate, decisions have to be made to protect lives and property, he said.

"When things turn violent and when things have reached kind of the point that we are at now, you realize that the only way to really, truly put it down is to truly respond with force and find a way to stop the looting and stop the violence that's happening," Burguan said in an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here."

Caught on video


But in some cases, police officers trying to keep a lid on rising tensions while allowing peaceful protests to go on have been caught on camera seemingly committing the very acts people are protesting against.

In Seattle, a video surfaced over the weekend showing a police officer with his knee on the neck of a pinned protester, an act that was similar to circumstances surrounding Floyd's May 25 death. Protesters screamed for the officer to remove his knee until a colleague pushed it away. The incident is under investigation.

In Atlanta, two police officers were fired and three others were yanked off the streets and placed on desk duty after they were caught on video deploying stun guns on two black college students who were in a car simply driving home from a protest, authorities said.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a police officer was suspended after a video showed him pushing a kneeling black woman to the ground during protests.

In New York, police officers are under investigation after video footage surfaced of them using their vans to ram a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn after demonstrators hurled projectiles at their vehicles and used a metal barricade to block their path. In a separate incident, a New York City police officer is now the subject of an internal investigation after he was recorded on video aggressively shoving a female protester to the ground for apparently getting too close to him.

"One of your biggest fears is that it only takes one officer on that front line to lose his cool because ... he's got people yelling at him," Burguan said. "Maybe you got a water bottle thrown at him whatever it might be. It just takes one officer to lose their cool and pull out their pepper spray or start poking people with their baton or start doing things that are gonna agitate the crowd that's going to make your job infinitely more difficult. And I guarantee you that there are chiefs all over the country that are going to evaluate the actions of their specific officers and how things went down. And there's going to be that due process [in] those investigations that happen on the backside."

Not only do officers assigned to skirmish lines have to deal with protesters screaming obscenities in their faces, they also have to cope with agitators who infiltrate legitimate demonstrations in order to wreak havoc and career criminals bent on looting businesses, Boyce said.

"To be quite honest with you, these anarchists are very well organized, they’re anti-everything -- anti-religion, anti-capitalism, anti-globalism, you name it they’re anti," he continued. "They want a complete breakdown of structure and that’s what we’re kind of going through right now."

'Professional agitator'


Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, identified one of three protesters arrested on suspicion of tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles as someone known to police across the county as a "professional agitator." Prosecutors, according to court records, say Samantha Shader has previously been arrested 11 times in 11 different states since 2011 for allegedly committing acts of violence and resisting arrest.

Shrader was charged with federal crimes of causing damage by fire and explosives to police vehicles. She has not yet entered a plea and remains in federal custody.

Two other suspects charged in the firebombings of police vehicles, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahma, are licensed attorneys who have attended prestigious universities and law schools, according to court records. They, too, were charged with federal crimes of causing damage by fire and explosives to police vehicles, but have yet to enter a plea and remain in federal custody.

“As such, the defendants were well aware of the severity of their criminal conduct when they decided to hurl a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle and to incite others to do the same," federal prosecutors said in court documents.

Shader was photographed in a car holding what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at the scene of one of the New York firebombings, authorities said.

“The defendant’s criminal conduct was extraordinarily serious,” prosecutors alleged of Shader in court papers. “She hurled a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle with emergency lights on and occupied by four police officers, causing damage to the vehicle and putting the officers’ lives in serious danger.”

Boyce, who retired from the NYPD in 2017 after a 35-year career with the department, said on Friday night alone 47 police vehicles were torched and 30 officers were injured when peaceful protests turned violent.

He said that while he empathizes with protesters seeking justice for Floyd's killing, he added that the demonstrations are drawing a more nefarious element and police officers are often caught in the middle and often goaded into ambushes or provoked into aggressive behavior that gets caught on viral videos.

He said roving bands of well-organized anarchists have been stockpiling bricks, bottles and gasoline bombs in areas where they know protests will occur and then striking at the optimum moment, usually when news media is on hand to witness their actions.

"You have Molotov cocktails, you have bricks and bottles being thrown at police officers," Boyce said. “These are riots right now. This has been completely hijacked."

U.S. Attorney General William Barr used similar language on Saturday to describe the chaos on the streets of American cities in the wake of the Floyd killing.

“The voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements,” Barr said in a televised statement at the Department of Justice.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda. In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups, far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom traveled from outside the state to promote the violence,” Barr said.

Chemical attacks


The Homeland Security Bureau Southeast Florida issued a bulletin on Sunday to federal and state authorities in South Florida listing the incidents in which police officers have been attacked with unknown chemicals during protests over the weekend. In Philadelphia on Saturday, police officers reported sustaining chemical burns during protests, according to the agency, while in Miami people were spotted mixing chemicals in water bottles during a demonstration there. In Fort Lauderdale, dozens of people pelted police with plastic bottles containing unknown fluid, the agency reported.

"After the Molotov cocktail attack Friday night, law enforcement remains concerned that protests could give cover to 'agitators' looking to use chemicals or gasoline to injure police," according to the bulletin obtained by ABC News.

“I think that people forget, citizens forget these cops are human too and they don’t get paid to get spit on, get bricks thrown at them and the new thing of the day is to throw water bottles at them," Johnson said. "Now that water bottle could contain water or various other things. They don’t get paid to be punching bags out there. But the majority of the cops do a really good job at showing restraint."

Johnson said that during his 31 years in law enforcement, he has encountered groups of anarchists crossing state lines to cause trouble in Chicago.

"They would come from out of town with the one thought of agitating police and what they do is they bait police into doing something or being overly aggressive then they sue," Johnson said. "And they use that money to continue traveling around the country and causing headaches everywhere they go. So we do have professional people who travel around the country and do nothing but stir up these incidents."

He said he is encouraged to see instances across the country in which legitimate protesters have called out agitators in the act of causing disturbances.

“The real protesters who are trying to change things, they don't want that message getting clouded with agitators out there just to create chaos," Johnson said. "Our real protesters aren’t trying to clash with the police. They’re trying to get a message out there and they don’t want that message to get conflated with violence."

Johnson noted that many U.S. officers on the front lines of the protests are black and face additional dynamics of weighing their own experience with racism in law enforcement agencies and doing their jobs and watching the backs of their colleagues.

“If you saw that video of George Floyd's life being snuff out and you think that’s OK and you're a cop then you need to turn in your badge right away because there’s nothing that I saw that was right about that," said Johnson, who is African American. "Now having said that, I understand people protesting so vigorously because we do have to have change, we do have to create a culture that everybody is looked at equally, not just treated equally, but looked at equally. And their lives have the same value that anybody else lives have. So I empathize with that."

The Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization comprised of police chiefs from the nation's largest cities, released a letter to its members on Monday, saying, "We need to hear what America is telling us right now."

"The death of George Floyd was, by any measure of professional policing unnecessary, avoidable and criminal," the letter says.

The letter referred to other notable cases in which black lives have been "unjustly lost" to the hands of police, including Eric Garner in New York in 2014, Walter Scott in South Carolina in 2015 and Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016.

"Each of these cases raised different concerns, but collectively they add new and painful chapters to our history that compels all of us to take inventory and be held accountable," the letter says.

"It will take strong leadership from all of us as well as collaborative partnerships from leaders from all walks of life and all levels," the letter continues. "Actions matter and so do words. Provocative statements create tension that lead to danger for police officers and the public. During challenging times, leaders need to reassure and calm, not instigate and stoke discord. Let us be the example for all leaders to follow. More than anything, this is a time for us to help facilitate healing, learning, listening and then dialogue, particularly in communities of color."

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Bernice A. King says her father would be 'proud' of young activists in wake of George Floyd's death

Bernice A. King appeared on "Good Morning America" June 2, 2020 talk about how young protesters are using their voices in wake of George Floyd's death. - (ABC News)By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., is speaking out amid the protests rocking the nation following the killing of George Floyd.

King appeared live on Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss how young activists are using their voices to stand up for justice.

"I am so proud of them first of all for the tenacity, the resilience and the vigilance that they are exercising and the determination to keep the issue of Black Lives Matter before this nation which has called so many people to lean in, in ways that I've never seen before in generations past," King told Robin Roberts.

"I just think my father and my mother would be extremely proud," King added. "My mother said something so essential. She said, 'Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won.' We earn it and win it in every generation and these diverse group of young people are earning and winning this freedom. We may not see the total manifestation yet, but it is on its way because of their determination and vigilance."

"Their message is clear: we want justice." @BerniceKing and @Tiffanydloftin, the director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, discuss how young protesters are using their voices amid protests over George Floyd’s death. pic.twitter.com/swEMaXA4LG

— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 2, 2020

Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after he was handcuffed and pinned down by former white Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd's death sparked protests across the United States and globe.

Demonstrators are taking action to demand righteousness and a fair trial and conviction for the police officers involved, said Tiffany Dena Loftin, the director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth and College Division.

"Their message is clear: 'We want justice,'" Loftin told GMA.

She continued, "We know the track record of this country has never given us that and so right now the message of new folks, in the word diversity of the protests, is to focus on two things -- making sure that we get justice for the family and that we get really strong reform so that black people in America feel safe."

The protests have captured images of black and white people coming together in solidarity.

"I think it's an opportunity for us to recognize that America is changing and it's starting with our young people leading a positive and good example of what it's like to demand justice for not only Black Lives Matter, but for everyone," Loftin said.

King said she hopes the country will focus its attention on "deconstructing and reconstructing policing" by addressing legal reforms.

"This time it must change because if it does not change, then I shudder to think what is going to happen in this country," she added.

Loftin's message to young protesters is to "stay strong and resilient."

"Our ancestors taught us what it is to not only be leaders in this moment, but to also fight what we believe," she said.

Loftin went on, "There's multiple solutions to the problem and our young folks are going to make sure America gets it right this time."

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Joe Exotic's arch nemesis Carole Baskin set to acquire his zoo

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(WYNNEWOOD, Okla.) -- A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue Corp. in its lawsuit against Joe Exotic's Greater Wynnewood Development Group, awarding BCR the land after Exotic fraudulently transferred his zoo to Baskin.

The rivalry between Baskin and Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, played out in front of the world on Netflix's hit series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

The judge said GWDG never responded to its request to obtain a new lawyer and thus BCR was awarded the zoo by default.

The court said Maldonado-Passage intended to remove “the real and personal property from the reach of Big Cat Rescue so that it could not be used to satisfy Big Cat Rescue’s judgments against the Judgment Debtors.”

Big Cat Rescue has “has sufficiently traced funds to allow for the imposition of a constructive trust under Oklahoma law,” the court said.

In addition to the zoo, Baskin will obtain the property's vehicles and all proceeds. Maldonado-Passage's staff has 120 days to vacate the premises.

Baskin in 2016 filed a lawsuit against Maldonado-Passage's mother, Shirley Schreibvogel. The lawsuit claimed Maldonado-Passage purposely transferred the land to his mother and then gave a “sham deed” to Baskin to avoid paying $1 million in damages won by Baskin in a separate lawsuit.

Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for trying to orchestrate a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin. He was transferred to FMC Fort Worth prison in April, a facility that has been hit hard by COVID-19.

In mid-March, Maldonado-Passage filed a lawsuit against several U.S. agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior as well as his former business partner, Jeff Lowe.

He claims, at the behest of Lowe, that employee Allen Glover perjured himself in front of a grand jury.

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Tulsa marks grim anniversary of 1921 'race massacre' as protests sweep the nation

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(TULSA, Okla.) -- As protests against police brutality continue to spread across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer, another Midwestern metropolis is preparing to mark the grim anniversary of one of the most violent attacks on African Americans in U.S. history.

The Tulsa Race Massacre began on May 21, 1921, and continued into the early morning hours of June 1. What began as a confrontation between groups of white and black residents following the arrest of a young black man ended in the destruction of 35 city blocks in the city's Greenwood District, an affluent area that had become known as "Black Wall Street," home to 1,200 black residents and 300 black-owned businesses.

In addition to the confrontation, many reports on the massacre say the success of the area also fueled the violence. Part of the official report on the massacre reads, "Many white Tulsans were especially incensed when black Tulsans disregarded, or challenged, Jim Crow practices. Others were both enraged at, and jealous of, the material success of some of Greenwood's leading citizens."

Newspaper reports following the massacre said only 36 people died, but historians now believe as many 300 people were killed as white mobs destroyed and burned homes, businesses, churches, schools, hospitals and libraries in the predominantly black area.

No one was prosecuted for those deaths or the destruction of property, and, nearly 100 years later, many victims of the massacre have not been identified because their remains have not been found and the event has been allowed to fade from the history books. It was only earlier this year that Oklahoma lawmakers announced a plan to include the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in the curriculums of all state schools.

Rev. Robert Turner, pastor of the Historic Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church, one of the only buildings from that time that has survived to the present day, said he was surprised to learn of the event only after moving to the city three years ago.

"My first thought was 'Why is this not known?" Turner told ABC News. "Why are we not sharing this with the world?'"

Work is underway to revitalize Tulsa's Greenwood District ahead of the 100th anniversary of the massacre next year, and local leaders hope to mark the historic date with projects and programs that promote entrepreneurship, encourage cultural tourism and educate residents and visitors about an oft-overlooked tragedy.

"This happened, it's a part of our history," Phil Armstrong, project director of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, told ABC News. "Every other culture has an opportunity to address their past, things that were done to them and how they coped with that, dealt with that and still rose from that."

The event that sparked the Tulsa Race Massacre is reminiscent of more recent headlines. On May 31, 1921, Dick Rowland, a young black man, was riding in an elevator with a white woman named Sarah Page. Details about what happened in the elevator have never been confirmed, but reports say Page screamed and Rowland ran off. According to official reports on the event, Tulsa Police arrested Rowland the next day.

An article published in the local paper led members of the black community to believe Rowland would be lynched, so a group of black residents went to the courthouse where Rowland was being held, where they were confronted by a group of white residents. Shots were fired, witnesses interviewed in the weeks and months following the event said, but as black residents returned to the Greenwood District, they were followed by white mobs, who opened fire on black residents and began looting and setting fire to buildings. The violence lasted for several days.

The case against Dick Rowland was dismissed in September 1921. According to the official report, no attempt was made to prosecute anyone responsible for the deaths or destruction.

Black families displaced during the massacre lived in tent cities set up by the American Red Cross for months. The recovery process was slow and difficult, but Greenwood residents rebuilt their homes and businesses with almost no help from local, state or federal officials.

Tulsa historian Hannibal B. Johnson says the history of Greenwood is a testament to the spirit of the African Americans who pioneered the community.

"They suffered through the devastation of 1921 and rebuilt the community to a remarkable level and that's not known generally," Johnson told ABC News. "By 1925, the National Negro Business League had its national meeting here in Tulsa. The peak of this community as a business community was in the early to mid-1940s. There were well over 200 black owned businesses here."

In 2001, an official Race Riot (as it was then known) Commission was organized to review the details of the event and provide recommendations on providing reparations to survivors and their descendants. The commission's nearly 200-page report outlines the events of the massacre and identifies several victims based on historical reports and firsthand accounts, including several reports of victims being buried in mass graves.

Officials have identified three primary sites that could be the locations of mass graves connected to the 1921 massacre: Oaklawn Cemetery, Newblock Park and Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens. A test excavation was scheduled to begin at Oaklawn Cemetery on April 1 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date for the excavation has not been set.

Current Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is among local officials supporting a new effort to locate those graves and identify individuals buried in them.

"As we open this investigation 99 years later, there are both unknowns and truths to uncover," Bynum said in a statement. "We are committed to exploring what happened in 1921 through a collective and transparent process."

As crowds gathered outside Tulsa's City Hall Monday to protest the death of Floyd, Bynum invited them in to talk about racism and other issues plaguing the city.

In a Facebook post, he wrote, "99 years ago, our fellow Tulsans lost their lives because white Tulsans opted for violence instead of dialogue with black Tulsans. Today, this generation of Tulsans spent 3 hours in a room working through our differences on a number of important but challenging issues."

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Coronavirus updates: US reports over 21,000 new cases amid mass protests

narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 375,000 people worldwide.

Over 6.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 105,147 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:

8:35 a.m.: Wuhan tests nearly 10 million residents in citywide campaign

The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, has conducted nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 on 9,899,828 people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference on Tuesday.

No confirmed cases were detected in the process of the citywide screening; however, 300 asymptomatic cases were identified and quarantined, according to Lu Zuxun, a public health expert from Wuhan's Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Asymptomatic cases are not included in China's tally of confirmed cases.

All those who came in close contact with the asymptomatic cases have tested negative for COVID-19, Lu said.

Last month, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission launched the citywide campaign to test the entire population of 11 million residents for COVID-19 in an effort to search for asymptomatic carriers of the virus after a cluster of new cases emerged for the first time since the city had lifted its strict lockdown on April 8. Although recommended, participation in the testing campaign was voluntary. Residents who were previously tested did not need to take part. It was not recommended to test children under the age of 6, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission's website.

The tests were provided free of charge, and Wuhan's deputy mayor Hu Yabo said the city spent some $126 million on the screening. He told reporters it was "totally worthwhile."

The citywide campaign brought the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Wuhan since the start of the pandemic to 10.9 million, according to Chinese epidemiologist Li Lanjuan.

"Wuhan is now safe," Li told reporters Tuesday, "and Wuhan people are safe."

6:49 a.m.: France lifts more coronavirus restrictions

France began its second phase of easing coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday after two months of lockdown, symbolizing the return to what the prime minister called "an almost normal life."

Cafes and restaurants are allowed to reopen in the country's so-called green zones, areas where the novel coronavirus is deemed least actively circulating. Parks, gardens and restaurants terraces only can reopen in Paris, now an orange zone, as inside dining rooms must remain closed. France no longer has any red zones, which denoted areas where the virus was actively circulating.

Some Parisians were seen rushing to restaurant terraces as soon as midnight struck.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has released a list of streets that can be closed to traffic to allow bars, cafes and restaurants to expand their seating outdoors.

"In this crisis, Paris needs to support its restaurants and bars," Hidalgo told French daily newspaper Le Parisien on Sunday. "They are the heart of our city."

Most schools have now reopened across the country. Movement restrictions have been lifted, with residents permitted to travel 60 miles beyond their homes again. Museums and monuments have also started to reopen from Tuesday.

France began the initial easing of lockdown measures on May 11. The European nation has reported more than 189,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 28,836 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

6:07 a.m.: Russia reports under 9,000 new cases

Russia's coronavirus headquarters said Tuesday it had registered 8,863 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The country's tally now stands at 423,741 diagnosed cases with 5,037 deaths. Moscow, the capital, is the hardest-hit city in the country, accounting for about half of all infections.

The latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11, during which Russia registered over 10,000 new cases per day over a 12-day period. Since then, the daily number of new infections has hovered around 9,000.

Russia has the third-highest number of cases in the world, behind Brazil and the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

5:30 a.m.: Africa’s coronavirus cases surpass 150,000

More than 150,000 people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Africa and over 4,300 of them have died, according to a count kept by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All 54 African nations have reported COVID-19 cases and around half have detected community transmission of the virus, concentrated mainly in major cities. South Africa has, by far, the highest number of diagnosed cases -- more than 34,000 -- while Egypt has the largest death toll -- over 1,000, according to the Africa CDC.

However, the World Health Organization says Africa remains the least-affected region globally in terms of the number of reported cases and fatalities. The continent of 1.3 billion people has just 1.5% of the world's reported cases and less than 0.1% of the world's deaths.

"Of course, these numbers don’t paint the full picture," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva last week. "Testing capacity in Africa is still being ramped up and there is a likelihood that some cases may be missed."

"But even so, Africa appears to have so far been spared the scale of outbreaks we have seen in other regions," he added. "Africa’s knowledge and experience of suppressing infectious diseases has been critical to rapidly scaling up an agile response to COVID-19."

3:45 a.m.: US reports over 21,000 new cases amid mass protests

More than 21,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the United States on Monday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The new cases were identified in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories.

By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The slight uptick in infections come as mass protests take place from coast to coast in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis shortly after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes as three other officers stood by.

The Minneapolis Police Department has since fired all four officers, and the one seen pinning Floyd down, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. However, protesters are calling for the three other officers to be charged and are decrying the overall treatment of black Americans by police.

From May 25 through May 27, the United States reported a daily average of around 18,600 new cases of COVID-19. That number has increased to a daily average of around 22,500 new cases from May 28 through June 1, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people who have taken to the streets in the days since Floyd's death has been in the thousands, although many have been seen wearing face masks.

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Bishop blasts message of Trump's church photo-op as 'antithetical to the teachings of Jesus'

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(NEW YORK) -- Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said she had no idea President Donald Trump was going to visit her church as protesters flooded the U.S. capital on Monday evening.

"I was sitting watching the news with my mother when I saw what everyone else saw," Budde told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.

What she saw was Trump and his entourage walking across Lafayette Square to St. John's Episcopal Church, just moments after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to urgently disperse the peaceful protesters gathered outside the White House gates.

"We have the greatest country in the world," Trump said in front of the church, holding up a Bible for the cameras, minutes before returning inside the White House.

Every sitting U.S. president since James Madison has attended a service at St. John's Episcopal Church, which was partially burned amid protests on Sunday evening. But sources told ABC News that Trump was, in part, motivated to go there for the photo-op to counter reports that he had been in the White House's underground bunker during Friday night's protests.

Prior to walking over to the historic church, Trump delivered an address from the Rose Garden of the White House in which he declared himself "your president of law and order" and he vowed "to uphold the laws of our nation." The president called on governors to deploy the U.S. National Guard to quell protests that have erupted in states from coast to coast following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis shortly after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes as three other officers stood by.

"If a city or state refuses to take the action that is are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said during his address.

But to do that, Trump would have to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807, a law that hasn't been enacted since the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992. In Washington, D.C., where the president has jurisdiction, Trump said he has already dispatched "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property."

Budde, the diocesan bishop who oversees St. John's Episcopal Church, said on GMA that the president's photo-op was "as if it were spiritual validation and justification for a message that is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and to the God of justice."

"This is an excruciating moment a crisis moment in our country where we need healing, where we need reconciliation and we need justice," Budde said.

The bishop added that Trump is still welcome at the church "as anyone is welcome to pray."

"The presidents are welcome as citizens of this country to pray alongside fellow citizens to kneel before God in humility and to rededicate themselves to the task to which they've been elected," she said. "In that posture, he and any president is welcome. But he is not entitled to use the spiritual symbolism of our sacred spaces and our sacred texts to promote or to justify an entirely different message."

When asked what she would say if she had a chance to preach to Trump from the pulpit, Budde said, "I would give him the same message I would give to all of us."

"That we have to look deep, we have to go to the root causes of the pain that we are witnessing," she said. "We have to keep our focus on the sacredness of every human life and the outrage and anguish that we are hearing from so many of our nation's young people and people of color, and we need to align ourselves, all of us, with the God of unconditional love and justice."

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Protests in some cities turn more peaceful

Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.

Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.

Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.

This is how the news unfolded on Monday. All times Eastern:

11:32 p.m.: Store windows smashed in Manhattan shopping spots

In New York City, vandals smashed store windows and attempted to loot several stores at Midtown Manhattan locations frequented by tourists.

Police confronted attempted looters as they smashed into a boutique tea shop in the middle of Rockefeller Center.

New York Police Department officers also responded to reports of shattered windows at The Nintendo Store, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Barnes and Noble. Mannequins could be seen on the broken glass-covered sidewalks. Police made one arrest after tackling a man to the ground.

Looting also took place further downtown, where looters were caught on camera breaking into a Nordstrom Rack in Union Square.

10:42 p.m.: Police injured in Buffalo, clashes continue in Louisville

Authorities in Buffalo, New York say two officers were stuck when a vehicle plowed into a group of law enforcement officers during a protest. Injuries to one of the officers appear serious in nature, officials say.

State Police members were helping Buffalo Police disperse protesters on Bailey Avenue when the vehicle drove into the officers, according to authorities.

Police in Louisville, Kentucky, flooded the street with tear gas and used flash bangs to clear protesters from the area around Seventh and Jefferson streets. The move came a night after police used similar tactics to flush protesters from Jefferson Square Park, in a move that was questioned by some city officials, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Two people were also struck by gunfire in a separate incident, Buffalo Police say.

Protesters in Dallas marched onto the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and blocked traffic before police made several arrests.

10:11 p.m. More arrests as cities begin 10 p.m. curfew

Police in Pittsburgh made numerous arrests after a number of businesses were vandalized during protests. Authorities directed residents to stay away from the the Shadyside business district in accordance with the city's curfew.

Officials in Atlanta said they had made 52 arrests during the day, with large groups gathering at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.

"We have encountered several issues during the day including instances where protesters blocked traffic on several roadways and briefly entered onto the interstate," an official said.

Other cities under curfew as of 10 p.m. include Chicago and Orlando and Orange County, Florida.

8:52 p.m.: Protests continue across nation

Across the country, a mix of protests and lootings are continuing tonight, in spite of curfews enacted by state and city officials.

Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, all entered curfews at 9 p.m. ET.

In Seattle, protesters shouted, "This is a protest not a riot," and marched peacefully through downtown during the early evening hours.

In the Philadelphia area, members of the National Guard blocked access to Upper Darby, the site of widespread looting Sunday night.

In New York City, police officers tussled with attempted looters on Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center.

One person was seen directing others away from police before store windows were smashed.

At least one person was arrested.

8:23 p.m.: LA shop owners arm themselves to protect stores

As Los Angeles shop owners and other businesses board up their properties from rioters, some are arming themselves.

Ahead of another night of expected protests, pawn shop owners were seen armed with AR-15s, a bail bondsman was seen with a pump action shotgun in a second-story window, and armed civilians were seen on a rooftop.

A pawn shop owner told ABC News his store has been there for 35 years and "nobody is taking it away from us."

Numerous storefronts in downtown Los Angeles, Beverley Hills, Santa Monica, Fairfax, and the San Fernando Valley are boarded up due to the rioting accompanying the protests.

8:03 p.m.: Highest ranking NYPD member takes a knee, hugs protesters

The highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD took a knee with protesters in Washington Square Park.

Chief of Department Terry Monahan was leading a group of officers facing off with protesters who were hurling bottles and other debris. A protest organizer tried to hold the demonstrators back but was unsuccessful.

“He tried -- we kept backing up, they kept advancing,” Monahan told ABC News.

The protester approached Monahan, who asked for the protester's megaphone so he could address the crowd. "This does not need to be riotous every single night,” Monahan told the group.

Monahan said the protest leader then asked the chief to take a knee with him for peace, and when he complied the crowd cheered.

"Have a good day, I love you," a protester said before hugging Monahan.

“I thought it was appropriate. We hugged to show there’s solidarity,” said Monahan, who added that he had never before done anything like that with a protester.

6:52 p.m.: Trump deploying thousands of 'heavily armed soldiers'

Making his first public appearance since this weekend's riots, President Trump vowed to send the military to cities around the country to quell the unrest.

Calling himself the "law and order" president, Trump said he was already deploying "heavily armed soldiers" to Washington, D.C., to ensure that violence and property destruction didn't occur as the city began its 7 p.m. curfew.

"We are putting everybody on warning -- our 7 o'clock curfew will be strictly enforced," Trump said.

Minutes before the news conference began, police cleared the area outside the White House by firing tear gas into crowds of protesters who were chanting, "No violence."

Trump cited antifa and "thugs" as the main factors behind the weekend's violence, saying they were drowning out the voices of peaceful protesters.

He said he recommended that all state and city officials deploy the National Guard and warned that if they didn't, he would deploy the military to their locations.

"Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled," he said.

6:18 p.m.: National Guard troops deployed near White House

National Guard troops have been deployed near the White House, hours after the President Donald Trump said he wanted a show of force in the area.

Trucks with troops were seen near Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue where large groups of protesters have clashed with police for the past three nights.

A U.S. official said that active duty Army military police units from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will be in the nation's capital tonight after days of violent protests that have included fires set not far from the White House.

5:37 p.m.: Curfew extended in nation's capital


The District of Columbia is imposing a curfew for the next two nights, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.

The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. on both Monday night and Tuesday night.

It will not apply to essential workers and those voting and participating in election activities, the mayor said.

5:14 p.m.: Seattle instituting another curfew

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin announced the city will have another curfew tonight following this weekend's protests, which she called the worst she's seen in more than 20 years.

The curfew will start at 6 p.m. PST and last until 5 a.m.

Durkin says hundreds of buildings were damaged Saturday, with more than 90 of the properties located in Chinatown International District.

4:45 p.m.: 1 dead from police shooting in Louisville, police chief fired

The Kentucky State Police will independently investigate a deadly shooting that took place overnight at the hands of police, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Around midnight, officers with the Louisville police and the Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they "were fired upon," Beshear said.

The local police and National Guard returned fire, "resulting in a death," Beshear said.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has since been fired after it was announced that no body camera footage was available of the shooting, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Conrad previously said he would retire at the end of June after facing immense pressure following the March death of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman who was shot dead by police while in her home.

4 p.m.: NYC curfew to begin at 11 p.m.

A curfew in New York City will go into effect from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday in the wake of violence and property damage during Sunday night's protests, the governor and mayor said.

The New York City Police Department will also double its presence.

"I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised."

Luxury retailers on Madison Avenue were seen Monday boarding up their glass storefronts and windows in anticipation of additional protests.

More than 250 people were arrested during protests overnight Sunday in New York City, which included significant looting, vandalism and theft of luxury stores in the SoHo neighborhood.

Looting is rare for New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday condemned the behavior as "unacceptable."

The NYPD believes the destruction of property, particularly at high-end retail stores, is part of a preconceived plan by agitators who have co-opted the demonstrations related to Floyd's death.

"We're seeing a lot of outside and independent agitators connected with anarchist groups who are deliberately trying to provoke acts of violence," Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said on Sunday.

These "agitators" came prepared to commit property damage, Miller said, and directed followers to do so selectively, only in wealthier areas and at high-end stores.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested since protests began in New York City on Thursday.

One in seven protesters who have been arrested are from outside the city, the NYPD said, including states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Jersey, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Texas and Minnesota.

Among the 345 arrested Saturday night was the mayor's 25-year-old daughter, Chiara. She was arrested for unlawful assembly and given a desk appearance ticket, according to NYPD sources.

"I love my daughter deeply," de Blasio said Monday. "I'm proud of her that she cares so much."

"She was acting peacefully. She believes that everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest," de Blasio said. "I will let her speak for herself ... But I admire that she was out there trying to change something that she thought was unjust."

The NYPD overall "showed restraint" as they worked to keep the peace and allow demonstrators to continue to protest on Sunday, the mayor said.

But De Blasio did condemn what he called the rare act of officers acting inappropriately, bringing up the "troubling video" of two police cars moving through a crowd in Brooklyn Saturday night.

Video showed one police SUV being blocked by a group of protesters behind a barricade as various items and objects can be seen striking the vehicle. Another NYPD SUV then pulled up alongside the first vehicle before both of them can be seen accelerating into the crowd of people knocking many of them over as the screaming and yelling from the crowd began to intensify.

"Not acceptable," the mayor said, stressing that there's "no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters or New Yorkers."

The incident is under investigation.

De Blasio also called for the officer who pulled a gun on a group of protesters to be fired.

"Any officer who does the wrong thing there needs to be consequences and they need to be fast," the mayor said.

3:50 p.m.: Denver cleans up, police chief commits to marching with protesters


Hundreds of volunteers showed up in downtown Denver Monday morning to pick up trash and wash the walls and statues covered in graffiti from Sunday's massive protest.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen was spotted wiping away tears. He told ABC News it hurt to see the damage to the city, but it was inspiring to see the massive cleanup effort.

Pazen said he also spoke with a young, black protester.

"I committed to Neil that I would march with him, I would stand with him and I would do the hard work with him moving forward," Pazen said. "This is not acceptable. We cannot continue down this path. And if it means coming together and having those hard conversations, getting into some heavy lifts, then our commitment is to do that."

3:10 p.m.: Independent autopsy says George Floyd died from asphyxia


An independent autopsy requested by Floyd's family found that he died by homicide, caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.

The doctors conducting the independent autopsy found that the sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd's carotid artery prevented blood flow to the brain and that the weight on his back kept him from breathing.

The weight, the handcuffs and the positioning were contributory factors because they hurt Floyd's diaphragm, doctors said, adding that it appeared Floyd died at the scene.

The combined effects of being restrained, possible intoxicants in his system and underlying health issues -- including heart disease -- probably played a role in his death, doctors said. The preliminary findings reported "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia."

Floyd's family is calling for the arrest of the three other officers at the scene and for a first-degree murder charge for Derek Chauvin, the since-fired officer who pinned Floyd to the ground.

2:30 p.m.: Total of 65 US Park Police injured during DC protests


A total of 65 U.S. Park Police were injured during three nights of protests in Washington, D.C.

Most of the injuries came from projectiles being thrown at officers; they were hit with bricks, urine bottles and petroleum-based substances, Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, spokesman for the Park Service, told ABC News.

Police arrested 88 people related to the violent demonstrations Sunday night, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Of those, 44 were charged with felony rioting.

Newsham said the city is looking at federal statutes that might be used to prosecute some of those arrested.

The entire D.C. National Guard has been activated by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to assist U.S. Park Police, according to Master Sgt. Craig Clapper, a spokesman for the D.C. National Guard.

The additional forces will be unarmed and in a support role to U.S. Park police and that they will be equipped in protective riot gear, Clapper said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a two-day curfew, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.

Newsham warned, if you are not a member of the media or performing an essential function, "local and federal police will take you into custody."

1:48 p.m.: More than 400 arrested in Santa Monica


In Santa Monica, California, more than 400 people were arrested on Sunday.

Charges included looting, violating curfew, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.

While there were no serious injuries, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud on Monday cautioned protesters that the looters "are opportunists" who will "take advantage" of the peaceful protests.

She said they "are tracking where peaceful protests are occurring, and they are then going to that city knowing that resources will be tied up ensuring first amendment rights to free speech. And they take advantage of that, and they loot and they perform criminal activity."

1:20 p.m.: More National Guardsmen on duty now than ever before


Between the George Floyd protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more National Guardsmen on duty right now for a domestic response than ever before, the National Guard Bureau said.

There are now 66,700 activated National Guard soldiers and airmen. To put that in context, for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, more than 51,000 were activated.

The National Guard is now active in the District of Columbia and at least 25 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the National Guard is on standby but not needed in New York City at this time because the NYPD is such a large police force.

1 p.m.: 'Miraculous' that no one injured when truck barreled toward Minnesota crowd


In Minneapolis -- the epicenter of the protests -- a memorial will be held for George Floyd on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz said

Some of the Minnesota National Guard will be redeployed and sent home, he said.

On Sunday afternoon, between 5,000 and 7,000 people joined in a "very peaceful demonstration" at Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium, said DPS Commissioner John Harrington.

Then the group moved to the freeway, and that was when a tanker truck started barreling toward the crowd.

Harrington called it "miraculous" that there were no deaths or injuries.

Walz also commended the peaceful protesters who jumped in to protect the truck driver, even though at the time the driver appeared poised to assault them.

It does not appear that the truck driver headed toward the protesters intentionally, Harrington said.

"He saw the crowd and initially, what it looks like, he panicked, and he just kept barreling forward," Harrington said. "And then he saw ... a young woman on a bike fall down in front of him and he slammed on the brakes. And he slid for a certain period of time until the vehicle stopped."

The driver is facing assault charges.

12:17 p.m.: 1 dead from police shooting in Louisville


The Kentucky State Police will independently investigate a deadly shooting that took place overnight at the hands of police, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Around midnight, officers with the Louisville police and the Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they "were fired upon," Beshear said.

The local police and National Guard returned fire, "resulting in a death," Beshear said.

Additional details were not immediately released.

12 p.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in Chicago


Just on Sunday, 699 people were arrested in Chicago, primarily for looting, David Brown, superintendent of the Chicago Police, said Monday.

Brown addressed the rioters and looters directly, saying, "you disgraced the name of Mr. Floyd by your actions."

"Hate can never drive out hate," Brown said, and he vowed, "we will hold you accountable."

Brown also addressed the late George Floyd directly, saying, "We are embarrassed by the cops in Minneapolis' use of force, asphyxiating you on the streets."

"We stand with Mr. Floyd's family," he said.

11:38 a.m. Barr sending riot teams to Miami, DC


A senior Department of Justice official says U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed the Bureau of Prisons to send riot teams (Special Operation Response Teams) to Miami and Washington, D.C. to help with crowd control, a senior DOJ official said.

The team was already present in Miami over the weekend, this official said.

On Sunday night, Barr also dispatched the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team to help D.C. police.

All FBI field offices have been instructed to set up command posts to deal specifically with the protests in nearby communities, the official said.

10:24 a.m.: Minnesota AG 'seriously looking' at prosecuting other officers


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on SiriusXM's "The Joe Madison Show" on Monday that he's "very seriously looking at" prosecuting the three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's death.

"I'm not prepared to announce anything at this moment," Ellison said, adding, "I will say that we are going to hold everybody accountable for what they did wrong and what they did that's illegal."

"We are reviewing the video tapes, the audio tapes, all the evidence, and we will make a charging decision based on the facts that we can prove," he said.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Sunday that he has asked Ellison to help with the case.

At a Sunday night news conference Ellison said he wanted to give people "a dose of reality."

"Prosecuting police officers for misconduct is very difficult," Ellison said. "We are pursuing justice relentlessly and we are pursuing it on behalf of the people of Minnesota."

9:13 a.m.: Miami-Dade County mayor wants to honor protesters who stopped potential looters


In Miami, video overnight showed a group of protesters shattering the glass door of a CVS as they prepared to loot the store -- only to be stopped by a group of peaceful protesters who formed a line to prevent them from entering. Police then arrived and dispersed the crowd.

Monday morning, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he wants to meet and commend the protesters who kept the potential looters from breaking in.

"Anyone who can identify the people responsible for keeping the peace as they, themselves, properly exercised their right to assemble and protest, please reach out to the Mayor's office via social media on the Mayor's Facebook page Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, or on Twitter @mayorgimenez," he said in a statement.

2:22 a.m.: Derek Chauvin moved to state prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota


Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing George Floyd, is now in custody at the state prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, said Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell.

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchison made the request to move him over concerns about the large number of people who could possibly be booked into Hennepin County Jail Sunday night, and concerns over COVID-19.

Chauvin's court date has been pushed back a week to June 8.

1:40 a.m.: In several cities, protesters and police share a hug


Although Sunday's protests included much of the looting and violence of the previous week's demonstrations, there were signs throughout the country that relations between protesters and police were warming.

In Orlando, Florida, photos on social media showed two police officers holding hands with protesters through a barricade.

Video showed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in Miami detach himself from a security line to offer a hug to a woman sitting on a motor scooter, who said, "I appreciate your patience" after troopers remained calm when protesters approached them.

In New York City's Foley Square, a cheer went up among protesters when a group of NYPD officers took a knee in a show of solidarity.

In Oklahoma City, cameras also captured sheriff's deputies taking a knee, with some hugging protesters near the Oklahoma County Jail.

In Flint, Michigan, video showed Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson telling a crowd of protesters that he'd ordered his deputies to lower their batons and that he wanted to make the event "a parade, not a protest." The crowd then applauded the sheriff and invited him to join the march.

12:41 a.m.: Clashes continue in some cities, while others are calmer

Arrests during Sunday's protests have driven the total number of demonstrator arrests to 4,100 since protests began early in the week, according to the AP.

Confrontations between police and protesters continued for another night in Brooklyn, where demonstrators clashed with officers outside Barclay's Center.

In Boston, an SUV drove through a crowd of protesters but officials said no one appeared to be seriously hurt.

In Washington, D.C., members of the U.S. Marshals Service and DEA agents were called in to assist National Guard troops responding to protests near the White House, a Department of Justice official said.

In Atlanta, two police officers were fired for using excessive force during an arrest of two college students during Saturday night's protests. Video of the incident appeared to show officers Tase the two students as they sat in their vehicle, and then forcefully drag them out of the car.

Other protests were peaceful. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said demonstrators were "largely cooperative."

ABC News' Luis Martinez, Whitney Lloyd, Will Gretzky, Aaron Katersky, Stephanie Wash, Victor Oquendo, Dee Carden, Jeff Cook, Matt Foster, Alexander Mallin, Matt Zarrell and Marc Nathanson contributed to this report.

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Louisville police chief fired after fatal shooting of David McAtee

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A police chief has been fired and two officers are on administrative leave after a barbecue business owner in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky, was shot dead by law enforcement trying to enforce curfew amid protests over a previous police shooting, officials said.

David McAtee, who owned YaYa's BBQ, was shot and killed early Monday morning in the parking lot of Dino's Food Mart on 26th and Broadway, where he normally set up his stand.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement that the Louisville Metro Police Department and National Guard were dispatched to the lot to disperse a crowd when they were fired upon and subsequently returned fire, killing McAtee.

Amid an investigation by state and local police, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he learned that the officers involved in the incident had not had their body cameras activated when the shooting occurred.

"This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated," Fischer said. "Accordingly, I have relieved Steve Conrad of his duties as chief of Louisville Metro Police Department."

Fischer said Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder will be taking Conrad's place.

"The two officers that fired their weapons violated our policy by either not wearing or not activating their cameras," Schroeder said. "That is completely unacceptable and there is no excuse… We will review the entire incident to determine if there are any other policy violations that occurred. I assure you we will follow up and there will be discipline for failing to utilize our cameras."

Schroeder said that there were two LMPD officers and two National Guardsmen involved in returning fire. The two LMPD officers, Katie Crews and Austin Allen, were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The National Guard will also conduct its own review on its members, he said.

Although there were no body cameras, Schroeder said the police department will be releasing video of the incident from nearby cameras as well as the audio from police radio transmissions in an effort to increase transparency.

McAtee's mother, Odessa Riley, described him to the Courier-Journal as a "community pillar" who would feed police for free. Those who knew him told the publication he would often cook for community events as well.

"David was a friend to many, well known, barbecue man," Fischer said Monday. "[He] had nurtured so many people in their bellies, in their hearts before, and for him to be caught up in this and for him not to be with us today is a tragedy that is just hard to put into words."

McAtee's death comes amid protests in Louisville for Breonna Taylor, a licensed EMT, who was shot eight times while sleeping in her home by police executing a "no-knock" search warrant on March 13.

On Monday, Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker said "our community is hurting."

"This trauma never really seems to go away," he said, addressing McAtee's family and demanding justice and reforms that honor the lives of those who've been killed at the hands of police.

Laying out plans for what they hope to change moving forward, Fischer acknowledged that it may be hard to believe reform will happen.

"We are asking people to trust a process that they don't trust," he said. "And the roots of that mistrust are in the history of our country. I think that's where again people need to have empathy for African American citizens when they say, 'Well, just follow the process.' The process hasn't worked out so well. So I'm hoping that this new time of heightened awareness in our community -- in our country -- about these issues, we can address many of these issues."

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Locations of George Floyd protests curfews and National Guard deployments

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Twenty-six states including the District of Colombia have activated their National Guards, with nearly 80 localities implementing curfews amid the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.

The historic orders follow a weekend where protests erupted across dozens of U.S. cities. At least 4,400 people have been arrested as of Monday, according to The Associated Press.

"As of Monday morning, a historic 66,700 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated for domestic operations across the United States in support of their governors" the National Guard Bureau said in a press release Monday.

45,000 National Guardsman had already been deployed to support states responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz first initiated the state's National Guard on Thursday after protests descended into violence the night before.

Since then, half of the country's states have activated the National Guard to aid local law enforcement.

While New York State has not deployed the National Guard, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the Guard is on "standby" in a press conference Sunday.

In addition to the nationwide National Guard deployments, localities across the country have implemented curfews.

New York City, the site of some of the country's largest demonstrations, announced Monday afternoon that the city would enact a curfew taking effect at 11 p.m.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser moved the city's curfew to 7 p.m. on Monday -- four hours earlier than what it was on Sunday.

Los Angeles also announced that its order would begin at 6 p.m. on Monday. The City of Santa Monica began its downtown lockdown at 1 p.m. -- with the entire city under lockdown at 4 p.m.

Several municipalities have also extended curfews.

Despite Miami-Dade County maintaining a curfew, Miami officials announced Monday afternoon that the city would lift its curfew order.

Minneapolis, the site of Floyd's death, announced a shorter curfew for Monday night, starting at 10 p.m, and expiring at 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

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Journalists covering George Floyd protests face attacks from police, advocacy groups say

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As protests over the killing of George Floyd roil the nation, journalists covering the news have been indiscriminately arrested, tear gassed or shot with rubber bullets by local law enforcement -- at times even live on air.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, an advocacy and research group that records reported attacks on journalists, says it is investigating over 100 instances of attacks on members of the press from just the last three days. The majority of those aggressions have been from police.

In the last three days, at least 19 reporters have been arrested, 36 journalists have said they were shot at by police with projectiles such as rubber bullets and 76 have reported assaults (with 80% of those assaults being by police officers), according to their tally. The group cautions that the figures are preliminary and could change after their investigations.

Last week, video of a black CNN journalist being arrested live on air went viral, garnering outrage and a direct apology from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

As the protests continued across the country over the weekend, however, similar instances kept rolling in, many of them shared on social media by the journalists themselves.

Video of a journalist in Louisville, Kentucky, with the local NBC News affiliate WAVE3 appeared to show police taking aim and shooting rubber projectiles at the reporter and her crew while live on air.

Police literally opening fire on the free press. pic.twitter.com/g8RMImZLGr

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 30, 2020

Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske said on Twitter that she and other colleagues covering the protests in Minnesota were tear gassed at "point blank range."

Minnesota State Patrol just fired tear gas at reporters and photographers at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/r7X6J7LKo8

— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) May 31, 2020


"We identified ourselves as press and they fired tear gas canisters on us at point blank range, I got hit in the leg," she said in a video shared Twitter. "I was saying, ‘Where do we go? Where do we go?’ They did not tell us where to go. They didn’t direct us. They just fired on us."

She recounted her experience for the LA Times here.

Another reporter in Minnesota for the Star Tribune shared on Twitter that police shot rubber bullets through his car window, shattering the glass.

This is @RyanFaircloth, a reporter with the @StarTribune. He says he was trying to get home when police shot out his window.

He is bleeding but seems ok. pic.twitter.com/LYH0h7c4hf

— Jared Goyette (@JaredGoyette) May 31, 2020


"I’m bleeding," Ryan Faircloth said in the video. "Cops just shot my window out, my passenger side window out. Glass shattered as I tried to quickly turn and get out of their way."

The new instances have raised alarm for press advocacy groups.

"It’s not enough to cover the protests via the official podiums of local police departments and politicians. Reporters need to be free to turn their cameras and microphones toward the local organizers who have long engaged in the fight for black dignity alongside those who are now taking to the streets with legitimate grievances against a system that devalues the lives of our people," Alicia Bell, the News Voices organizing manager at the advocacy group Free Press, said in a statement.

"Rather than allowing law enforcement to control the narrative and vilify black people, as has been the case too often in the past, journalists have the right to mingle among protesters to document and air their perspectives," Bell added.

She said this moment, however, also underscores the importance of building a relationship between newsrooms and communities.

The Save Journalism Project called the attacks "unconscionable."

"In reporting on protests of police violence against black Americans, reporters and journalists have become targets of violence themselves," cofounders Laura Bassett and John Stanton and spokesperson Nick Charles said in a joint statement.

"The acts of violence and injustice against reporters covering the fight for black lives against police brutality is unconscionable," the statement added. "It impedes the press’ ability to hold officials accountable and shed light on the fight for equality."



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