Evening summary

This is Lois Beckett in our California bureau wrapping up tonight’s live coverage. An updated summary of today’s news:

  • A judge set a $1-1.25 million bail for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the killing of George Floyd.
  • Thousands of people paid their respects to Floyd in Houston, Texas, as other Americans held memorials across the country. Thousands attended a public visitation to view Floyd’s casket in Houston, and a memorial service will be held tomorrow.
  • Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met privately with members of George Floyd’s family in Houston. Donald Trump met with police.
  • Congressional Democrats unveiled a police reform bill. The Justice in Policing Act would nationally ban chokeholds and create a national police misconduct registry, but many criminal justice activists have said reforms do not go far enough to address police brutality, and continue to advocate for defunding and divestment.
  • A group of economists said the US entered a recession in February. According to a committee of economists at the national bureau of economic research, the US economy entered a period of recession as businesses started to close down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kayleigh McEnany said the White House had “no regrets” about forcibly removing peaceful protesters last week. The White House press secretary claimed the attorney general and the US park police made the decision to use tear gas against the protesters, but she said, “There’s no regrets on the part of this White House.”
  • As a reckoning over racist practices and racist bosses has begun to spread through culture industries of fashion, publishing, and media, the editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit resigned, and artists pledged to speak out about racism in theater.

Artists launch a campaign to talk about racism in American theater

Hundreds of black theater-makers and other artists of color have written an open letter to the “White American Theater,” pledging to support each other as they “fearlessly share our many truths” about the racism they have experienced in the industry from “theaters, executive leaders, critics, casting directors, agents, unions, commercial producers, universities and training programs.”

“You are all a part of this house of cards built on white fragility and white supremacy,” the artists wrote. “We are about to introduce you...to yourself.”

The open letter does not tell any specific stories or name any names. It appears that theater artists know something about suspense.

The campaign has a website, a Change.org petition for supporters to sign (nearly 15,000 signatures), and a hashtag, #WeSeeYou. Prominent actors, directors, playwrights and other artists have already expressed their support.

The time is now. Join us. #WeSeeYou pic.twitter.com/JTUGjRhn0u

— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 9, 2020

Dear White American Theater, your slip is showing... Join the movement and the masses as we link arms and demand change in our field for #BIPOC theatre makers. Please go to https://t.co/LFfSajoy3V to support this cause. #WeSeeYou pic.twitter.com/QRFGaDdR18

— Katori Hall (@KatoriHall) June 9, 2020

Join us in demanding change for BIPOC theater artists at https://t.co/LQuqHwVvLP. #WeSeeYou #TomorrowTherellBeMoreOfUs pic.twitter.com/xELs1oJR6K

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 9, 2020

There are so many truths to tell. So much work to do. Watch this space. JOIN THE MOVEMENT. https://t.co/XRRMBSqhPk #WeSeeYou pic.twitter.com/esgcHlfOAZ

— clint ramos (@clintramos) June 8, 2020

Protest for Erik Salgado in Oakland drew an estimated 1,500 people

A protest today demanding justice for the 23-year-old shot to death by the California Highway Patrol in Oakland on Saturday night drew more than a thousand people, organizers estimated.

Witnesses told journalists that officers shot Erik Salgado’s car more than 20 to 40 times. His pregnant girlfriend, who was also in the car, was shot and is now in the hospital. Salgado leaves behind a three-year-old daughter, NBC Bay Area reports.

“This country was built on black and brown bodies... It’s unacceptable its systems don’t work for us, the ones who built it,” 15-year-old Luna Ekundayo told The Guardian.

Organizers for protest in Erik Salgado's name, which drew an est 1,500 earlier today.

"This country was built on black and brown bodies... its unacceptable its systems don't work for us, the ones who built it," sd Luna Ekundayo, 15. pic.twitter.com/PeILzUmQN3

— Mario Koran (@MarioKoran) June 9, 2020

The Oakland Police Department has yet to release the names of the highway patrol officers who shot Salgado and his girlfriend, a local ABC station reported.

White liberals have long fought against integration. Will they change?

Public opinion on police violence towards black Americans is shifting profoundly, with a majority of the public believing that “the police are more likely to use excessive force with a black person than a white person in similar situations,” according to a poll last week.

But America’s violent policing system is deeply intertwined with larger systems of racial segregation in housing, education, and transit.

And it’s white liberals, in America’s most supposedly progressive cities, who have been fighting to maintain that segregation, New York Times education reporter Dana Goldstein noted today, referencing journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ reporting on American school segregation, as well as reporting on affordable housing.

1. As we see multiracial crowds fighting for police reform, I keep thinking of how so many white liberals react when policymakers attempt to integrate their children's schools and gifted classrooms, or construct affordable housing in affluent neighborhoods.

— Dana Goldstein (@DanaGoldstein) June 8, 2020

2. My colleagues and I have written story after story about opportunity hoarding in the institutions of our daily life, which create the highly segregated living conditions that contribute to racism, dehumanization and over-policing.

— Dana Goldstein (@DanaGoldstein) June 8, 2020

“Will this moment evolve into a broader policy reckoning?” Goldstein asked.

6. I could share so many more links. But: Will this moment evolve into a broader policy reckoning? That's one question I will be asking as a journalist and human being in the coming weeks and months.

— Dana Goldstein (@DanaGoldstein) June 8, 2020

Kentucky’s governor promises healthcare to all black residents

“My commitment today is we’re going to begin an effort to cover 100 percent of our individuals in our black and African American communities,” Kentucky’s Democratic governor Andy Beshear said today, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Everybody. We’re going to be putting dollars behind it, we’re going to have a multifaceted campaign to do it.”

Details of how Beshear’s administration would fulfill the pledge remain unclear, local news outlets reported.

Black Kentucky residents represent 16% of the state’s coronavirus cases but only make up 8% of the state’s population, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Gov. Andy Beshear: We need to provide health insurance for all black Kentuckians https://t.co/uEYhHZIfmH

— Courier Journal (@courierjournal) June 8, 2020


Some images from Houston, where thousands of mourners braved the sweltering heat on Monday to view George Floyd’s casket and attend a vigil. His funeral will be held tomorrow.

The casket of George Floyd is removed after a public visitation.
The casket of George Floyd is removed after a public visitation. Photograph: David J Phillip/EPA
Residents raise hands in solidarity for George Floyd during vigil on his high school football field in Houston.
Residents raise hands in solidarity for George Floyd during vigil on his high school football field in Houston. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters
Mourners pass by the casket of George Floyd during a public visitation at the Fountain of Praise church.
Mourners pass by the casket of George Floyd during a public visitation at the Fountain of Praise church. Photograph: David J Phillip/REX/Shutterstock
A kneels in front of a memorial and mural that honors in Houston’s Third Ward, where Floyd grew.
A kneels in front of a memorial and mural that honors in Houston’s Third Ward, where Floyd grew. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A vigil honoring George Floyd in Houston.
A vigil honoring George Floyd in Houston. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters
Visitors pay their respects during a candlelight vigil.
Visitors pay their respects during a candlelight vigil. Photograph: Mark Felix/AFP/Getty Images


California protesters march for Erik Salgado, killed by police last night

On Saturday night, 23-year-old Erik Salgado was shot and killed by California Highway Patrol officers in Oakland.

NBC Bay Area reported that Salgado’s family said he was unarmed. Neighbors told journalists that officers fired dozens of rounds into the car, with estimates of more than 20 to more than 40 shots.

Salgado’s pregnant girlfriend was also shot, but survived, and is now in the hospital with gunshot wounds, NBC Bay Area reported.

Last night in East Oakland CHP officers shot and killed Eric Salgado during a traffic stop on the 9600 block of Cherry St. His family is out here mourning.
Police have not released much information about the incident. pic.twitter.com/e4JxH7Xjln

— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) June 7, 2020

This is the block where the CHP shooting happened last night. Eric’s family is out here. Witnesses, including neighbors say the police shot upwards of 20 rounds into the car. pic.twitter.com/po1C3kFNbF

— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) June 7, 2020

Today, protesters are marching for Erik Salgado in Oakland.

There’s thousands here. And they keep coming. CHP isn’t getting away with this. We’re putting an end to cops killing with impunity.

No justice, no peace. No racist police. #JusticeForErik pic.twitter.com/LQjmfZMbln

— Anti Police-Terror (@APTPaction) June 9, 2020

Read more about activists working to amplify the stories of the many American killed by the police in the wake of global protests over George Floyd’s death.


Editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit resigns after ‘brown face’ photos

The force of furious national protests over racist policing is rippling through many different industries now, as workers speak up about racist practices and racist bosses in culture industries like fashion, publishing, and media.

The editor-in-chief of beloved cooking brand Bon Appetit announced today that he is stepping down after photographs of him in “brown face” were recirculated on social media, and an editor spoke out about the “systemic racism” she had experienced at Bon Appetit and its parent company Conde Nast, including alleging that “currently only white editors are paid for their video appearances.” (A company spokesperson told Variety that was not true, but did not offer details.)

Condé Nast’s Bon Appetit Allegedly Pays Only White Editors for Videos, Image of EIC Adam Rapoport in Brown Face Surfaces https://t.co/vleRO9UvWN

— Variety (@Variety) June 8, 2020

Bon Appetit’s popular test kitchen videos had already attracted scrutiny, with Bay Area food writer Soleil Ho describing in January “how often staffers of color are sidelined or relegated to cameos on their white colleagues’ shows.”

“The way we define what is contemporary and fashionable in food is tied to whiteness as a cultural norm — and to its ability to incorporate other cultures without actually becoming them,” Navneet Alang wrote last month in a feature for Eater on Bon Appetit’s test kitchen, and on the way that white chefs like Alison Roman have profited from marketing watered-down, rebranded recipes from other cultures.

The Bon Appetit editor once publicly confused the names of two of his employees of color, as Guardian culture writer André Wheeler noted today.

Adam confusing Priya for Sohla told us all we needed to know pic.twitter.com/zWn6gIIcKj

— andré 🦄 (@andre_daren) June 9, 2020

Adam Rapoport announced his resignation on Instagram.

Bon Apetit editor stepping down: pic.twitter.com/XSVmC6Do9Z

— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) June 8, 2020


Joe Biden meets privately with George Floyd's family in Houston

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president shared a meal with George Floyd’s family at an acclaimed black-owned restaurant in Houston today, CultureMap Houston reported.

Joe Biden traveled to Houston to give his condolences to Floyd’s family in advance of his funeral tomorrow.

The New York Daily News reported that Biden “met for more than an hour with Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd, his uncle Roger Floyd, two of his children and an aunt,” according to the Rev Al Sharpton, who was also at the meeting.

Pictured after meeting with #GeorgeFloyd’s family: VP @JoeBiden, @TheRevAl, @AttorneyCrump, Rep. @CedricRichmond, and Roger Floyd (George Floyd’s uncle) pic.twitter.com/KJvsrTEORt

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 8, 2020


Los Angeles, Houston hold memorials for George Floyd

In Houston, lines of people waited in the heat to pay their respects to George Floyd, who is from the city’s Third Ward, the Houston Chronicle reported.

In Los Angeles, in honor of Floyd, mourners joined four different funeral processions that converged downtown.

George Floyd funeral procession closes several streets in downtown LA.

People streamed in to the event from four different locations across the area: Reseda, Santa Ana, Liemert Park and Long Beach, forming four processions led by hearses. #GeorgeFloyd #BLMLA #BLM pic.twitter.com/eTGc1KCULi

— Rob Hayes (@abc7robhayes) June 8, 2020

This is part of the funeral procession that just left Leimert Park. Mourners are heading to downtown Los Angeles, where they will meet up with people in processions from Orange County, Long Beach, and Reseda. @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/Mt4673YX2g

— Tina Patel (@tina_patel) June 8, 2020

Texas’ Republican governor, Greg Abbott, paid his respects in Houston, the New York Daily News reported, after calling Floyd’s killing a “horrific act of police brutality”.


Army will consider renaming bases named after Confederate generals

Some of the US army’s largest military bases are named after Confederate military commanders, including Fort Lee, in Virginia, and Fort Bragg, in North Carolina.

The New York Times editorial board has called for renaming military bases “for American heroes – not racist traitors,” and argued that the military’s current practice is a celebration of white supremacy.

As recently as late February, the army said it had no interest in renaming bases named after confederate generals. But George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed have changed that, Politico reports.

Now, “The Secretary of the army is open to a bipartisan discussion on the topic,” an army spokesperson told Politico.

An unnamed army official said the protests “made us start looking more at ourselves and the things that we do and how that is communicated to the force as well as the American public.”

BREAKING: Army official says @SecArmy is open to re-naming Army bases (like Fort Bragg) named after confederate Generals. Wants to have a conversation with bipartisan support.

— Lara Seligman (@laraseligman) June 8, 2020


23-year-old faces federal charges in Minnesota police precinct arson

A 23-year-old man from St. Paul. Minnesota, is facing federal charges for “aiding and abetting arson” at the Minnesota police department’s Third Precinct building, which burned on the night of May 28, during outrage over the police killing of George Floyd, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

Authorities said the 23-year-old was “wearing multiple items stolen from the Third Precinct, including body armor, a police-issue duty belt with handcuffs, an earphone piece, baton, and knife,” at the time of his arrest on June 3, and that law enforcement later found other items taken from the police department in his apartment, including a riot helmet, an ammunition magazine, and a police radio.

The U.S. attorney’s office said they located the 23-year-old after receiving a complaint from a home improvement store that he was trying to get into the store after being fired from his job as a security guard earlier that day. Employees said he had been fired after referring to social media posts about stealing from the police, officials said.

Local Minneapolis news station KIMT3 ran photographs of 23-year-old, showing a young white man wearing body armor and handcuffs.

Portland’s police chief is resigning; new police chief is African American

Amid continuing protests over police violence towards black Americans, the white police chief of Portland, Oregon, has announced she is resigning. An African American lieutenant in the department will become the new police chief, The Oregonian reports.

Portland Police Chief Jami Resch (@ChiefResch) just announced that she is resigning.

— Everton Bailey Jr. (@EvertonBailey) June 8, 2020

“I have listened and our community and you have said show us change,” police chief Jami Reisch tweeted. “This change in leadership comes from my heart.”

I have listened and our community and you have said show us change. PPB needs to be the leader in change. It starts with trust. This change in leadership comes from my heart.Chuck Lovell has been dedicated to service his entire life. I am 100% confident in him and his leadership.

— Jami Resch (@ChiefResch) June 8, 2020

Reisch said the decision to resign was her own, and that she would continue to hold a different role within the police department, The Oregonian reported.

A ‘misleading’ headline on asymptomatic transmission, experts say

There’s an attention-grabbing headline from CNBC today: “Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare,’ WHO says.”

CNBC quotes Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, who said during a press briefing in Geneva that “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.”

If it’s “very rare” that people without symptoms are transmitting coronavirus, many people are asking, then why are members of the general public required to wear masks?

Several public health experts cautioned that the WHO’s conclusion may be much less dramatic than it appears, and criticized both WHO’s communication on the issue and the way that CNBC has covered the story.

Dr Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and professor Carl Bergstrom, an infectious disease expert at the University of Washington, made similar points. The upshot, both experts suggested: there’s a difference between people who are “truly asymptomatic”, meaning that they would test positive for Covid-19 but never develop any symptoms of the disease, and people who are “pre-symptomatic”, meaning that they haven’t developed symptoms yet, but will in a few days.

Both experts said they think the WHO was referring only to “truly asymptomatic people”, and suggesting that those people rarely spread the disease.

But that second category of people, the ones who still feel fine but are actually infected and can pass on the virus to other people, are a major reason why the public should wear masks even when they feel fine, the experts said.

We’ll be asking the WHO for more clarification on this issue.

A misleading @CNBC story about a rather unclear @WHO statement is making the rounds today.

It seems to suggest that people without symptoms don't spread COVID19.

Does this mean shoppers, students, protesters, etc., don't need masks/ distancing?


— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) June 8, 2020

The details get a bit tangled and to my dismay not all data are made available, but in short the @WHO statement pertains to "truly asymptomatic" people who never show classic symptoms, not to pre-symptomatic people who we know can transmit days before showing symptoms.

— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) June 8, 2020

This from @WHO is getting a lot of attention and creating confusion.

I want to quickly share what I understand about this.

Bottom line question:

Are infected people without symptoms an important cause of spread?

My best guess: yes.

A thread https://t.co/NnLpf7kTVh

— Ashish K. Jha (@ashishkjha) June 8, 2020

.@WHO communication here not stellar

If folks without symptoms truly "very rarely" spread virus, would be huge.

But such a statement by @WHO should be accompanied by data.

Asymptomatic spread is Achille's heal of this outbreak

Would love to be wrong. Need to see data


— Ashish K. Jha (@ashishkjha) June 8, 2020


Coronavirus transmission rate rising in Los Angeles, Bay Area

Los Angeles is seeing an uptick in the transmission rate for people with coronavirus, which public health experts attribute to the loosening of stay-at-home restrictions, the Los Angeles Times reports. So is the Bay Area.

This uptick predates any changes in coronavirus infections that may result from the massive public demonstrations against police killings of black Americans, and the subsequent large numbers of arrests, public health experts said.

Coronavirus transmission rates are rising in L.A. County again, officials say. That's from infections that came *before* people started protesting and getting mass-arrested. https://t.co/9vTbqeqQXs

— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) June 8, 2020

Trump campaign to restart rallies this month despite coronavirus

The Trump campaign is planning to start holding campaign rallies again “in the next two weeks”, Politico reports.

What safety measures may be put in place, and how the number of coronavirus cases in different areas will affect the location for rallies, remains unclear.

In a statement on resuming the president’s crowded, in-person rallies during a global pandemic, Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told Politico, “You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of.”

The Trump campaign plans to respond to any criticism about the danger of holding rallies by comparing his campaign rallies with the enormous protests against police violence towards black Americans that have taken place across the country, despite the threat of Covid-19.

“Trump hasn’t held a rally since March, though in recent weeks he has used ostensibly official events to visit swing states,” the Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt notes.

Decision to restart rallies comes as Trump trails Biden substantially in public polls.

Trump wants to use the rallies to push the idea that a comeback is underway and to create a contrast with Biden, who remains in Delawarehttps://t.co/SERrXdKKps

— Alex Isenstadt (@politicoalex) June 8, 2020


Today so far

That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Lois Beckett, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where the day stands so far:

  • A judge set a $1-1.25m bail for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the killing of George Floyd.
  • Thousands of people paid their respects to Floyd in Houston, Texas. Thousands attended a public visitation to view Floyd’s casket, and a memorial service will be held tomorrow.
  • Congressional Democrats unveiled their sweeping police reform bill. The Justice in Policing Act would nationally ban chokeholds and create a national police misconduct registry, but many criminal justice activists have said reforms do not go far enough to address police brutality.
  • A group of economists said the US entered a recession in February. According to a committee of economists at the national bureau of economic research, the US economy entered a period of recession as businesses started to close down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kayleigh McEnany said the White House had “no regrets” about forcibly removing peaceful protesters last week. The White House press secretary claimed the attorney general and the US park police made the decision to use tear gas against the protesters, but she said, “There’s no regrets on the part of this White House.”

The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.


Trump emphasized his opposition to the defund the police movement during a lawn enforcement roundtable at the White House.

“We won’t be defunding our police. We won’t be dismantling our police. We won’t be disbanding our police,” the president said moments ago.

“We won’t be ending our police force in a city. I guess you might have some cities who want to try it, but that would be a very sad situation if they did.”

The president’s comments come one day after the Minneapolis city council pledged to disband the city’s police department and replace it with a new public safety system.

No plans to extradite Prince Andrew in Epstein case - Barr

US attorney general William Barr said this afternoon that there are no plans to extradite Prince Andrew to the United States for questioning in the sex crimes case involving the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Asked during a Fox News interview whether the US has officially asked Britain to hand over the prince, Barr said: “I don’t think it’s a question of handing him over. I think it’s just a question of having him provide some evidence.”

Asked if Prince Andrew would be extradited, Barr said “No”, Reuters reports.

Lawyers for the prince earlier today accused US prosecutors of misleading the public and breaching their own confidentiality rules in their handling of the investigation into the disgraced financier and child sex offender, the Guardian reports.

In a strongly worded, two-page statement, Blackfords, the London-based criminal law specialists, alleged that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had effectively rejected offers of help volunteered by the prince.

Epstein was found dead in a New York prison cell last year where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14. The prince had known the billionaire since 1999 and stayed at several of his residences.

Epstein has been convicted years earlier in Florida of certain offenses, involving a plea deal, but was arrested last year and faced fresh and more serious charges.

But the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, US attorney Geoffrey Berman, issued the following statement in response to Prince Andrew’s legal team, Axios reports:

Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offenses committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates, even though the Prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview, and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally — through the very same counsel who issued today’s release — that he would not come in for such an interview.

If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him.”

When asked about the barriers around Lafayette Square during her White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the matter was not in White House control.

“That’s not something that is in White House control,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says when asked how long the new fencing at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC will stay up. https://t.co/TSxOg627pP pic.twitter.com/t9LFNoBAH8

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 8, 2020

McEnany acknowledged that the DC protests, like those across the country, have been mostly peaceful, but the press secretary claimed the fencing was a security matter and thus “not a decision for the White House.”

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer are now calling on Trump to remove the barriers, arguing Lafayette Square “has long been a venue where Americans can gather to freely exercise their constitutional rights in close proximity to the White House.”

Officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck remains behind bars

An update on former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who appeared in court today charged with second degree murder in the death of George Floyd two weeks ago.

He and the other three now-ex-officers charged in the case all remain behind bars at this point.

Derek Chauvin’s mugshot after his arrest.
Derek Chauvin’s mugshot after his arrest. Photograph: Hennepin County Jail/AFP/Getty Images

Chauvin, 44, said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared before Hennepin County Judge Jeannice Reding on closed-circuit television from the state’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights, the AP reports.

Chauvin’s unconditional bond had been raised from $500,000 to $1 million when a second-degree murder charge was added on Wednesday.

Monday’s hearing was a chance for arguments over the higher bail. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, did not contest the increased bail and didn’t address the substance of the charges, which also include third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Nelson did not speak with reporters afterward.

Chauvin’s next appearance was set for June 29 at 1.30 p.m.

Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck during an arrest attempt, as Floyd, a black member of the public, was held down on the street and pleaded with him, struggling to say “I can’t breathe” until he eventually became silent and died.

Chauvin and three other officers on the scene were fired the day after.

The other three officers J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd. They remain in the Hennepin County jail on $750,000 bond.

Messages in Washington, DC, in support of Black Lives Matter and in protest at police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.
Messages in Washington, DC, in support of Black Lives Matter and in protest at police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


World Bank warns of crisis

The World Bank said today that humanity is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis that has spread with astonishing speed and will result in the largest shock the global economy has witnessed in more than seven decades.

Millions of people are expected to be pushed into extreme poverty, the Associated Press reports.

In an updated “Global Economic Prospects,” the World Bank projected that global economic activity will shrink by 5.2% this year, the deepest recession since a 13.8% global contraction in 1945-46 at the end of World War II.

The 5.2% downturn this year will be the fourth worst global downturn over the past 150 years, exceeded only by the Great Depression of the 1930s and the periods after World War I and World War II when the economies of many war-torn countries were devastated and the United States and other nations demobilized after massive defense buildups.

Because of the steep contraction, the amount of income per person is expected to fall sharply, with more than 90% of emerging market and developing countries seeing per capita incomes declining.

For all countries, the drop in per capital incomes is expected to average 6.2%, much larger than the 2.9% fall during the 2009 financial recession.

Reflecting this downward pressure on incomes, World Bank economists said they expected the number of people in extreme poverty could grow by between 70 million and 100 million this year.

The 5.2% estimate for a decline in global output is 7.7 percentage-points more severe than the World Bank’s January estimate that the world economy would grow by a modest 2.5% this year.

For the United States, the updated World Bank forecast is for GDP to fall 7% this year, before growing 3.9% in 2021. That estimate is similar to top forecasters for the National Association for Business Economics who forecast a 5.9% drop in for the U.S. this year.

Lining up for food donations in Memphis, Tennessee, in April.
Lining up for food donations in Memphis, Tennessee, in April. Photograph: Karen Focht/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are calling on Trump to reopen Lafayette Square, the park near the White House that has been barricaded off from the public since last week’s George Floyd protests.

The President must immediately reopen Lafayette Square to the public.

This unique park should be a symbol of freedom & openness, not a militarized zone behind which President Trump cowers in fear of protesters who are crying out for justice. pic.twitter.com/xvsVjtfsO2

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 8, 2020

The House speaker and Senate minority leader said in a letter to the president that Lafayette Square “has long been a venue where Americans can gather to freely exercise their constitutional rights in close proximity to the White House.”

Barriers have been erected around the public square in response to the mostly peaceful protests in DC, and administration officials have not been transparent about when the barriers might be removed.

The Democratic leaders wrote, “Lafayette Square should be a symbol of freedom and openness, not a place behind which the leader of our Executive Branch cowers in fear of protesters who are crying out for justice.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany just wrapped up her briefing, during which she was asked whether Trump still believes NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.

“The president is very much against kneeling in general,” McEnany said. “He’s not a fan of the kneeling movement. He’s made that very clear.”

“The president is very much against kneeling in general,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says but adds she has not talked with Trump about whether he still believes that NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem should be fired. https://t.co/OrT7FMS6pr pic.twitter.com/1PXpkYRfa8

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 8, 2020

However, the press secretary would not explicitly say whether the president still believes players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality should be fired.

Last night, Trump criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for saying that the league had mishandled the players’ protests and encouraging players to “speak out” about police brutality.

“Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?” Trump wrote in a tweet.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany lashed out against Mitt Romney after the Republican senator participated in a protest against police brutality over the weekend.

McEnany recounted some of Romney’s gaffes during his 2012 presidential campaign and went on to brag that Trump got 8% of the black vote, while Romney got 2%.

But exit polls indicate Romney actually got 6% of the black vote when he ran against Barack Obama in 2012, and needless to say, both men received very little support from African Americans, which is something the Republican party as a whole has struggled with.

McEnany says White House has 'no regrets' about using tear gas on protesters

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the administration stands by the decision to forcibly remove peaceful protesters using tear gas last week.

“There’s no regrets on the part of this White House,” McEnany said of the decision, which sparked international outcry.

McEnany tried to shift responsibility for the decision to attorney general William Barr and the US park police.

When again asked whether Trump is sorry about the way protesters were removed, McEnany deflected by saying, “The president is sorry about the fact that Antifa wreaked havoc on our streets.”

McEnany: Trump 'is appalled by the defund the police movement'

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany emphasized that Trump is strongly opposed to proposals to defund police departments.

The president “is appalled by the defund the police movement,” McEnany said during her White House briefing.

When McEnany was pressed on whether Trump believes there is systemic racism in law enforcement, she said the president thinks there are “instances of racism” among police officers but they are overall “good, hard-working people.”

Judge sets $1-$1.25 million bail for Derek Chauvin

A judge has set a $1-$1.25 million bail for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the killing of George Floyd.

Chauvin virtually appeared in court today to face charges of murder and manslaughter after he was filmed keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Judge Jeannice Reding granted the prosecutors’ motion to set unconditional bail at $1.25 million, or $1 million with conditions, which included being law-abiding, making future court appearances and surrendering firearms.

Joe Biden met with George Floyd’s family in Houston, where the family will soon hold a memorial for Floyd, who was killed in police custody two weeks ago.

Pictured after meeting with the family of #GeorgejoFloyd & @joebiden. Congressman Cedric Richmond, presidential candidate Joe Biden, Attorney Ben Crump and Roger Floyd, George Floyd’s uncle. pic.twitter.com/IksRq9RHIb

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 8, 2020

The family allowed the public to view Floyd’s casket today before the memorial, and thousands have already attended the visitation.

US entered a recession in February, economists say

Here’s some unsurprising but still alarming news: the US economy entered a recession in February, according to a committee of economists at the national bureau of economic research.

The economists said today that the depth of the country’s economic downturn since February led them to conclude a recession had started, ending the longest expansion on record.

“The unprecedented magnitude of the decline in employment and production, and its broad reach across the entire economy, warrants the designation of this episode as a recession, even if it turns out to be briefer than earlier contractions,” the NBER panel said.

The news comes after Friday’s jobs report showed the country’s unemployment rate had dropped slightly to a still-high figure of 13.3%.

More than 42 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus crisis, and many businesses remain shuttered due to social distancing restrictions.

The Trump campaign is still trying to link Joe Biden to the movement to defund police departments, even though a Biden spokesperson has issued a statement saying he does not support the idea.

“Joe Biden cannot be let off the hook after his campaign issued a weak statement from a mid-level staffer,” said Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of the Trump campaign.

“We have previously seen the Biden campaign say one thing on an issue right before their candidate says another. Until Americans hear from Joe Biden himself, they have no way of knowing where he really stands.”

The statement seemed a bit odd coming from a staffer for Trump, who has become well known for throwing the White House into chaos after sending an unexpected tweet that caught his aides by surprise.

A leader of the Virginia KKK has been arrested for driving into a group of demonstrators yesterday, who were protesting the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Harry Rogers appeared in court in Henrico county this morning and was charged with attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism, and assault and battery. No one was seriously injured in the attack.

“The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media, is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” Henrico county commonwealth’s attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement.

Taylor said her office was investigating whether hate crime charges “are appropriate” in the case.

“While I am grateful that the victim’s injuries do not appear to be serious, an attack on peaceful protesters is heinous and despicable and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Taylor said.

Today so far

Here’s where the day stands so far:

  • Congressional Democrats unveiled their sweeping police reform bill. The legislation would nationally ban police chokeholds and create a national police misconduct registry, but many criminal justice activists have said reforms do not go far enough to address police brutality.
  • The former police officer charged with George Floyd’s murder is expected to appear in court today. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to Floyd’s death, is scheduled to appear in court in about 45 minutes.
  • New York started its reopening process today. Hundreds of thousands of employees returned to work today in the city, where more than 21,000 people have died of coronavirus. However, many businesses, such as hair salons and gyms, remain closed.

The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.

Joe Biden’s statement expressing opposition to defunding police departments comes shortly after the Trump campaign held a press call about the movement.

The president and his allies have sought to tie all Democrats to calls to defund police departments, which have intensified since the killing of George Floyd.

However, many of the Democratic party’s leaders seem hesitant to endorse the movement, and congressional Democrats just unveiled legislation to reform police departments rather than defund them.

Biden states opposition to defunding police

A spokesperson for Joe Biden said the presumptive Democratic nominee does not support defunding the police, as a number of criminal justice activists have called for after the killing of George Floyd.

Per Biden spokesman Andrew Bates: "As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded."

Full statement here: pic.twitter.com/M1jLig6ILJ

— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) June 8, 2020

Campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement that Biden “hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”

Bates said the former vice president “supports the urgent need for reform,” including proposals to fund community policing programs and diversify cities’ police forces, but some activists have said such reforms do not go far enough to crack down on police brutality.


New York governor Andrew Cuomo said anyone who participated in George Floyd protests should get a coronavirus test, as New York City starts to reopen.

The Democratic governor held his daily briefing today as the city entered phase one of its reopening process, after the coronavirus infection rate there started to slow. Cuomo said the city would be conducting 35,000 tests a day to begin the reopening.

Cuomo also implored state legislators to pass police reform legislation, which would ban chokeholds and make police disciplinary records transparent, in response to the killing of Floyd.

This week NY will lead the way on real and necessary reform: pic.twitter.com/lo0NKf02if

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 8, 2020

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional black caucus chairwoman Karen Bass tip-toed around a reporter’s question about the movement to defund the police.

The Justice in Policing Act focuses on police reform rather than police defunding, which some criminal justice advocates have pushed for.

Pelosi said of the calls to shift police budgets to other government programs, “We could rebalance some of our funding to address those issues more directly.”

Bass noted the bill would not provide any new money to police departments and would allocate funds for community grants to potentially reenvision what policing could look like.

House Democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries argued the Justice in Policing Act would help to crack down on police brutality and hold officers accountable.

“Unless there is accountability, there will never be change,” Jeffries said. “Unless there’s change, brutality will continue, and we’ll be trapped in a vicious cycle of anguish & despair.”

The New York Democrat added, “All we ever wanted is to be treated equally. Not better, not worse. Equally. Why has that been so difficult to achieve?”

As congressional Democrats held a press conference on their police reform bill, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy sent a tweet in support of the nation’s police officers.

To the police officers across the country who put on the uniform every day and uphold their oath—THANK YOU.

Democrats want to defund you, but Republicans will never turn our backs on you.

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 8, 2020

“To the police officers across the country who put on the uniform every day and uphold their oath—THANK YOU,” McCarthy said in the tweet. “Democrats want to defund you, but Republicans will never turn our backs on you.”

The Justice in Policing Act being introduced by Democratic lawmakers focuses on reforming policing, by banning chokeholds and incentivizing racial bias trainings, not defunding departments.

Senator Cory Booker praised the details of the Justice in Policing Act, which he said would help hold police officers accountable.

“Empathy and sympathy and words of caring for those who have died and suffered are necessary, but it is not enough,” Booker, who is African American, said. “We must change laws and systems of accountability.”

Senator Kamala Harris, the only other African American Democrat in the Senate, added, “We’re here because black Americans want to stop being killed.”

Harris emphasized the country still had a long way to go on racial justice, noting the Senate could not approve an anti-lynching bill just last week after Republican Rand Paul blocked its passage.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on majority leader Mitch McConnell to put the Justice in Policing Act on the floor before July.

The bill will likely pass the Democratic-controlled House, but McConnell has previously held up key pieces of legislation passed by House Democrats.

Schumer pledged that Senate Democrats would “fight like hell” to get a vote on the police reform bill, but the Democratic leader has few options when it comes to pressuring McConnell to take up the legislation.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi reflected on the moment of silence that lawmakers observed for George Floyd in Emancipation Hall this morning.

Just before unveiling the Justice in Policing Act, congressional Democrats kneeled for eight minutes and 46 seconds, in observation of the lenght of time that a police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck.

“My members will attest, it is a very long time,” Pelosi said.

The Democratic speaker said “the martyrdom of George Floyd” has sparked nationwide protests, which has now inspired this piece of legislation.

“This moment of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action,” Pelosi said.

After reading out the names of some of the people who have been killed in police custody, Pelosi said, “We cannot settle for anything less than transformative, structural change.”

Democrats unveil police reform bill

Congressional Democrats are now holding a press conference to introduce their sweeping police reform bill in response to the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Karen Bass, the chairwoman of the congressional black caucus, said the Justice in Policing Act would help prevent future deaths in police custody, and she applauded the protests against police brutality in recent weeks.

“The world is witnessing the birth of a new movement in our country,” Bass said.

Democrats take a knee in honor of Floyd

Democratic lawmakers held a moment of silence on Capitol Hill in honor of George Floyd, minutes before they are exepcted to reveal a bill aimed at cracking down on police brutality.

Congressional Democrats kneeled in Emancipation Hall for eight minutes and 46 seconds to recognize the length of time that a police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck.


The number of people fatally shot by police each year has been frighteningly stable in recent years, despite recurring protests against police brutality that have spread across the country in recent weeks, since the killing of George Floyd.

According to the Washington Post’s database on police shootings, officers have shot and killed nearly 1,000 people every year since 2015.

The Post reports:

Protests against the use of deadly force by police swept across the country in 2015. ...

That year, The Washington Post began tallying how many people were shot and killed by police. By the end of 2015, officers had fatally shot nearly 1,000 people, twice as many as ever documented in one year by the federal government.

With the issue flaring in city after city, some officials vowed to reform how police use force.

The next year, however, police nationwide again shot and killed nearly 1,000 people. Then they fatally shot about the same number in 2017 — and have done so for every year after that, according to The Post’s ongoing count. Since 2015, police have shot and killed 5,400 people. ...

Even amid the coronavirus pandemic and orders that kept millions at home for weeks, police shot and killed 463 people through the first week of June — 49 more than the same period in 2019. In May, police shot and killed 110 people, the most in any one month since The Post began tracking it.

The criminal justice activists who have pushed to defund police departments have pointed to the stable statistics to argue that reforms like body cameras and racial bias training will not be enough to crack down on police brutality.

Congressional Democrats are expected to release their bill aimed at cracking down on police brutality today, two weeks after George Floyd was killed while in police custody.

The bill is expected to include a national ban on police chokeholds and the creation of a national police misconduct registry “to prevent problem officers from changing jurisdictions to avoid accountability,” according to CNN.

The legislation will also incentivize racial bias training for officers and include the anti-lynching measure that has stalled in the Senate, which sparked a heated argument on the Senate floor last week after Republican Rand Paul blocked the proposal.

The Democratic legislation will almost certanly attract criticism from criminal justice activists, some of whom have argued that such reforms do not go far enough to address police brutality and have thus pushed to defund departments instead.

New York to start reopening today

New York will start its reopening process today, nearly three months after the iconic city came to a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of thousands of workers will return to work today as the city enters “phase one” of the reopening. While construction sites and retail stores can now resume operations with social distancing restrictions in place, businesses like hair salons and gyms will remain shuttered.

New York lost more people to coronavirus than any other US city, with more than 21,000 of the city’s residents dying in the past few months.

This morning’s front-page story of the New York Times captures the losses that have preceded this moment and the challenges that still lie ahead:

Getting here took the sacrifice of millions of New Yorkers who learned to live radically different lives. More than 205,000 have been infected, and nearly 22,000 have died.

As many as 400,000 workers could begin returning to construction jobs, manufacturing sites and retail stores in the city’s first phase of reopening— a surge of normalcy that seemed almost inconceivable several weeks ago, when the city’s hospitals were at a breaking point and as many as 800 people were dying from Covid-19 on a single day. ...

State and city officials said they were optimistic that the city would begin to spring back to life. Testing is robust, reaching 33,000 people on a recent day. And new infections are now down to around 500 a day — half as many as there were just a few weeks ago. ...

The road back will undoubtedly be challenging. More than 885,000 jobs vanished during the outbreak, and strong gains are not expected for the city until 2022. The city budget hemorrhaged tax revenue and now faces a $9 billion shortfall over the next year.
And the reopening has been complicated by the vast protests for racial justice that have swept the city for more than a week and have forced government officials and business owners to unexpectedly adjust their plans.

This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Oliver Holmes.

As the country grapples with the question of whether to defund police departments after the killing of George Floyd, the president is busy griping about his polling numbers.

“CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America!”

The tweet comes after a CNN poll found Trump to be 14 points down against Joe Biden, with his approval rating sliding 7 points to 38%. That’s his worst approval rating in the CNN poll since January 2019, and, at this point in a first term, it puts Trump on par with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush, who both went on to lose reelection.

The poll comes as the president’s reelection campaign has reportedly started worrying about his standing in states like Ohio and Iowa, which would be must-win states in order to have any chance at a second term.

Thank you for all your emails and messages.

I’m going to sign off now and hand over to my US-based colleague and live news pro, Joan E Greve.

There’s quite a bit of chatter online about Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who was seen among roughly 1,000 Black Lives Matter demonstrators on Sunday marching to the White House.

Renée Graham, a columnist for the Boston Globe, considers it a stunt:

#MittRomney votes with Trump (80.6 percent) more often than Susan Collins (66.9 percent), so while he may say “Black Lives Matter,” his voting record says otherwise. https://t.co/MvsBbDx1mc

— Renee Graham (@reneeygraham) June 8, 2020

Eugene Scott, a Washington Post writer covering identity politics, argues that the amount of credit Romney is getting is unwarranted:

Are people not realizing how much credit Mitt Romney is currently receiving for simply saying that the lives of black people matter? No significant policy proposals or meaningful examination of the GOP’s role in America arriving at this moment. Just “matter.” https://t.co/RY2yloovDk

— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) June 8, 2020

Police officer accused of killing George Floyd to appear in court on Monday

Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis Police Department officer who pressed his knee on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes, will make his first appearance in court later today, US media is reporting.

Chauvin, 44, is scheduled to appear at the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis at 12.45pm Central time (roughly six hours from now). He faces charges of third-degree murder, second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

I’ve been contacted by a reader who said they grew up near the city of Vidor, in east Texas. He wanted to alert me to a Black Lives Matter protest there on Saturday that consisted of just around 150 people. But it is significant, the reader said, because of Vidor’s reputation.

Here’s an excerpt from the Texas Monthly magazine, which covered the protest:

Vidor has been known for many things—among them the activities of the local Ku Klux Klan; its status as a “sundown town,” in which blacks were not allowed in city limits after dark; and an ugly fight in the early nineties over a federal effort to desegregate public housing in the city, which caused Texas Monthly, in a cover story that year, to describe Vidor as Texas’s “most hate-filled town.” The census estimates it to be 91 percent white.

So when word started to circulate that a Black Lives Matter rally was being planned in Vidor, many people on social media thought it was a trap—and expressed skepticism the event’s supposed planner, 23-year-old Maddy Malone, even existed. (She does.) To black folks with knowledge of the region, who had been told never to stop in Vidor, the idea seemed insane. “A civil rights rally in Vidor” is the punchline to a joke, not a thing that could happen in this world. C’mon.

The demonstration “may not seem like much”, wrote the reader in an email, “but when they gather in Vidor, Texas, that’s a big deal.”

Big news from the weekend is certainly that the Minneapolis city council pledged to disband the police department. The embattled agency responsible for George Floyd’s death could now be replaced by an alternative model of community-led safety.

The nine councilmembers who announced their support represent a supermajority on the twelve-person council, meaning Mayor Jacob Frey, who opposes the move, could not override it.

Frey was heckled by a crowd of protesters on Saturday when he ruled out defunding the police department.

Here’s a video of Frey walking through the crowds as they shout: “Go home!”

Note: this post was amended to make clear a vote had not yet taken place.


George Floyd’s body has been flown to his hometown of Houston, Texas, where mourners will be able to view his casket on Monday.

A six-hour viewing will be held at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston, the final stop of a series of memorials across the country. Visitors in Houston will be required to wear a mask and gloves, as per coronavirus restrictions.

Floyd’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, where he will be buried next to his mother, Larcenia Floyd.

Previous memorials have taken place in Raeford, North Carolina, near where Floyd was born, and Minneapolis, where he lived at the end of his life and was killed. Mourners there observed 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence - the period that Floyd was filmed pinned under a police officer’s knee.

Three Guardian writers have just published features that take a deeper look at the protest movement:

Lois Beckett, who covers gun violence and the far right in the US, has been interviewing family members of black Americans who were killed by police or white vigilantes for whom the past week has been painfully familiar.

But they also see signs of change, she writes:

“I think people have had enough,” said Sybrina Fulton, whose unarmed 17-year-old son Trayvon [Martin] was shot to death in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted of all charges.

Adam Gabbatt, who writes for us from New York, has also been looking at the potential impact of the movement, particularly around whether it could energize young voters in presidential, state and local elections.

There is precedent for real change inspired by protests, he writes.

In recent years the youth-led protests against gun violence following the Parkland school shooting, led to stronger gun laws, while young climate activists succeeded in drawing attention to the Green New Deal environment legislation, which many Democratic politicians have since endorsed.

Finally, Michael Sainato, a contributor who covers civil rights issues, has written about the large numbers of protesters, more than 10,000, who have been arrested around the US.

Many were non-violent:

Ruby Anderson was arrested while non-violently protesting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 31 May. The police refused to provide a reason for her detention until they were placed in a police van, where they were told the charge was loitering. They were given a wristband that stated “unlawful assembly” and ultimately charged with disorderly conduct.

“While I was arrested, I was standing next to two white people who were doing the same thing as me, standing between a group of officers and a group of black teenagers. I was the only one arrested in my group of three, I was the only black person,” Anderson said.

Read Sainato’s full story here:


…and welcome to a fresh US politics live blog as we enter a new day on Monday across the US. The sun has risen in New York while it is still the early hours of the morning along the West Coast.

I’m Oliver Holmes, and I’ll be with you for the next couple of hours. You can reach me via Twitter and also on email: oliver.holmes [@] theguardian.com

Please do send anything you think is worth including on our blog.

For those who have been sleeping or offline, here is an update with the main developments:

  • The Minneapolis city council pledged to abolish the city’s police department and replace it with a new system of public safety. The historic move has been hailed as the first concrete victory in the mounting nationwide movement in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd.
  • New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, pledged to cut police department funding. The money will be given to Youth and Social Services. The mayor also lifted a contentious citywide curfew.
  • A protester was shot in Seattle, Washington. A man drove a car into a demonstration and shot a demonstrator. Police said officers have a man in custody.
  • The US soccer federation is considering repealing its ban on players kneeling during the national anthem, ESPN has reported.


Lois Beckett (now) and Joan E Greve and Oliver Holmes (earlier)

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