June 8 George Floyd protest news

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 9:43 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020
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12:13 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

NYC protesters take a knee outside NYPD headquarters

From CNN's Melanie Schuman

From CNN's Sarah Jorgensen
From CNN's Sarah Jorgensen

Protesters arrived Monday on the plaza outside of One Police Plaza in Manhattan, the headquarters of the New York Police Department chanting “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace.” 

When they arrived, the protesters knelt for a short time, fists in the air, in silent protest. They then stood up and departed.

The CNN team on the ground estimates the group was on site for about five minutes.

11:43 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Democrats announce police and justice reform legislation

From CNN's Aditi Sangal


Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats announced police and justice reform legislation today.

Pelosi said this "moment of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action as Americans from across the country peacefully protest to demand an end to injustice."

“We cannot settle for anything less than transformative structural change, which is why the Justice in Policing Act will remove barriers of prosecuting police misconduct and covering damages by addressing the quality immunity doctrine,” she added.

Some key points of the legislation include...

  • Demilitarizing the police by limiting the transfer of military weapons to state and local police departments
  • Combating police brutality by requiring body and dashboard cameras
  • Banning chokehold and no-knock warrants in drug cases
  • Ending racial profiling

It will also make lynching a federal hate crime.

Pelosi also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to swiftly take up the legislation once the bill is passed in the House.


11:29 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

House Democrats kneel in silence to honor George Floyd

From Sam Fossum, Clare Foran, and Haley Byrd

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Many of the top Democrats in Congress took a knee and observed a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time a former police officer held his knee on George Floyd's neck — to honor Floyd and other black Americans who have been killed or suffered from police brutality.

The moment happened at Emancipation Hall at the US Capitol. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler did not kneel for health reasons.

"We are here to observe that pain, we are here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that, specifically manifested in police brutality. We are here to honor George Floyd," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the moment of silence. 

The House Democrats are now expected to hold a news conference to unveil legislation on policing reform. 


12:15 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Floyd family releases updated memorial and public viewing details

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

The family of George Floyd has released updated details on the memorial and public viewing set to take place today in Houston.

Today's public viewing will take place from 1 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas.

A private funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Due to social distancing guidelines, the Tuesday memorial service is limited to 500 people which will include family and close friends of George Floyd and the family,” the statement said. “Therefore, the public is asked to pay their respects at the public viewing.”
10:42 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

NYC mayor refuses to answer questions on specifics of reallocating NYPD funding 

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during memorial service for George Floyd in New York on Thursday, June 4.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during memorial service for George Floyd in New York on Thursday, June 4. Lev Radin/Sipa/AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to answer questions about his recent announcement regarding reallocating funding for the New York City Police Department to youth and social services for communities of color - declining to give a dollar amount, what exactly will be reduced and what exactly the money will be put toward.

He said this will be a part of discussions over the next three weeks as the budget for the city is ironed out.

“I’m not answering you today because we will do that as part of the negotiations,” de Blasio said. 

The mayor praised the work of the New York Police Department Commissioner and Chief of Department following rumors of an NYPD shakeup.

“I don’t know who is planting these rumors, they’re wrong,” he said.  

He said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Chief of Department Terence Monahan are “doing their job, and doing it well in very tough circumstances.”

More context: de Blasio said on Sunday that the city will move some of its funding from the NYPD. He said the city would find "find significant savings in the NYPD budget" that will go toward "youth development and social services for communities of color."

10:46 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Minneapolis official explains why city council members want to defund and dismantle the police department

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

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CNN via Cisco Webex

George Floyd’s death was a wake up call as people got to see what many already knew, “which is that our police department is not keeping every member of our community safe,” said Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender.

That wake up call drove the city council’s decision to defund and dismantle the city's police department, she says, adding that it will take a long time to get there.

“I know the statement was bold and I stand by that bold statement, but the work ahead of us will be long,” she said.

She outlined various issues like stable housing and access to health care that come under the scope of safety. The community, she said, wants more investment in these areas instead of putting more money toward militarizing the police force.

Bender also addressed the concerns some people have with the dismantling of the police, saying they’re not starting from scratch.

“We have invested in community-based safety strategies,” she said. ”We've done an analysis of all the reasons people call 911, and have looked up ways we can shift the response away from our armed police officers into a more appropriate response for mental health calls, for some domestic violence calls, for health-related issues. And so the groundwork is laid already in Minneapolis for us to build on that.”

Some background: Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city's police department following Floyd's killing. With nine votes the city council would have a veto-proof supermajority of the council's 13 members, Bender said.

10:22 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Hearse carrying the body of George Floyd arrives at Houston church

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

The hearse carrying the body of George Floyd has arrived at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas. The hearse arrived in a police-escorted motorcade.

The public viewing is expected to begin at 1 p.m. ET. 

City officials are expecting thousands of mourners during today's visitation for Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody has sparked protests around the United States and across the world.

10:14 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Denver Police Department bans chokeholds and carotid compressions  

From CNN's Gregory Lemos  

People protest in front of the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday, June 6, in Denver.
People protest in front of the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday, June 6, in Denver. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

The Denver Police Department announced Sunday it was banning chokeholds and carotid compressions "with no exceptions," according to a press release.   

DPD announced two other changes in the department, including that officers will have to report to a supervisor if they intentionally point a weapon at someone. A report will then be generated "to improve data collection and evaluation of these incidents." 

Additionally, Denver Police Department Metro/SWAT unit members will now wear body cameras they will be required to activate during operations.  

9:53 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Minneapolis mayor says he is not for “entirely abolishing” the police department 

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a news conference on Thursday, May 28, in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a news conference on Thursday, May 28, in Minneapolis. Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune/AP

In the wake of the Minneapolis City Council's announcement that it plans to disband the police department, Mayor Jacob Frey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is not for abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department.  

"We need a full on cultural shift in how our Minneapolis Police Department and departments throughout the country function," Frey said Monday on "Good Morning America." "Am I for entirely abolishing the police department? No, I am not."   

Frey said he is looking forward to working with members of the city council to better understand what they mean by "ending" and "abolishing."

The mayor also expressed his support for Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo who he said was "chock-full of integrity."  

Frey said he will be "going after the police union." 

"There are so many areas where both mayors and chiefs, elected officials, and otherwise, have been hamstrung for generations because we can't get the necessary cultural shift because we have difficulty both terminating and disciplining officers and then getting that termination or discipline to stick," Frey said.