June 1 George Floyd protest news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Nick Thompson, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Daniella Diaz, CNN

Updated 2:10 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
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5:58 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

China calls racial discrimination in the US a "social ill"

From CNN's Isaac Yee in Hong Kong 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian is pictured at a media briefing in Beijing in April.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian is pictured at a media briefing in Beijing in April. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

China’s foreign affairs ministry has called on the US to prevent racial discrimination against minorities.

“We are following the latest developments around the death of Mr. Floyd, Black Lives Matter and their human rights should be protected,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

He added that “the racial discrimination against minorities is a social ill in the United States, what happened again reflects there are serious problems that should be urgently addressed, that is the racial discrimination and violent law enforcement by police.”

Zhao said: “We hope the US government will take concrete measures to fulfil its obligations under the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination to uphold the legal rights of ethnic minorities.” 

In response to a question about claims made by US officials stating there was interference from foreign countries including China in current protests Zhao said: “The remarks by [US National Security Adviser Robert] O’Brien and other US officials are just baseless, China does not interfere in other countries domestic affairs.”

Zhao added that he hoped “US politicians can mind their own business.”

Traditionally, Beijing has portrayed racism as a Western problem. But China has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for its treatment of Africans in the country. 

Last month, many Africans were subject to forced coronavirus testing and arbitrary 14-day self-quarantine in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, regardless of their recent travel history, and scores were left homeless after being evicted by landlords and rejected by hotels under the guise of various virus containment measures.

The incident caused a rupture in China-Africa relations, with the foreign ministries of several African nations -- and even the African Union -- demanding answers from China.

Yet China's official response stopped short of admitting that the discrimination took place -- or apologizing for it.

5:13 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Around 4,000 people have been arrested in the US since George Floyd's death

From CNN’s Joe Sutton 

Police arrest people amid demonstrations and some ransacking in Santa Monica, California, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 31.
Police arrest people amid demonstrations and some ransacking in Santa Monica, California, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 31. Mario Tama/Getty Images

There have been around 4,000 people arrested across the United States since the death of George Floyd sparked outrage and nationwide protests, according to CNN’s tally. 

The first arrests began on Tuesday, May 26, the day after Floyd’s death. 

5:10 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Thousands around the world march in solidarity with George Floyd protesters

People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march at Trafalgar Square in London to protest the death of George Floyd on May 31.
People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march at Trafalgar Square in London to protest the death of George Floyd on May 31. Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Protesters around the world have taken to the streets this week in solidarity with those demonstrating in the US against police brutality and racial inequity, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white officer in Minneapolis.

In London, crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square on Sunday morning to show their support, despite UK lockdown rules that prohibit large crowds from gathering together. A total of 23 protesters were arrested for a series of offenses including breaches to coronavirus legislation.

In New Zealand, thousands gathered across multiple cities for Black Lives Matter demonstrations and vigils for Floyd, including in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

In Berlin, protesters gathered in front of the US embassy on Saturday and Sunday, holding signs that bear slogans of the Black Lives Matter movement like "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace."

In Australia, multiple protests are being planned this coming week. One is scheduled in Sydney on Tuesday, one for Brisbane on Saturday, for Melbourne on Saturday, and more. Thousands have marked themselves as attending in each of the protests' Facebook event pages.

5:07 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Shots were fired at a police building in Oakland, California

Shortly past midnight local time in Oakland, California, shots were fired at a police administration building, said Oakland police.

Oakland is located just east of San Francisco.

“At 12:09 AM, shots were fired at the Oakland Police Administration Building located at 455-7th Street. No injuries reported," the police department tweeted. Three people have been detained in connection with the shooting.

This comes after an officer died on Friday. On Friday night, two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds amid protests, and one died from his injury.

9:12 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Here are the biggest overnight developments from the nationwide George Floyd protests

It's about 4:30 a.m. ET in the United States, and it's been a long night of continuing protests over the death of George Floyd, despite curfews being enacted in cities around the country.

If you're just joining us, here are the biggest updates from tonight:

  • Late night unrest in major cities: Protests in Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia all saw clashes between protesters and police, continuing even after a curfew went into effect in DC and Philadelphia. There were large fires set, tear gas fired, buildings vandalized, and dozens arrested.
  • National Guard: On Sunday morning, National Guard members had been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC. As the evening protests escalated, more states activated the Guard, including Tennessee, Washington, Massachusetts, and more.
  • Nationwide curfews: More than 40 cities imposed curfews tonight in response to the ongoing protests. Atlantic City, New Jersey, extended its curfew for a full week, and Cleveland, Ohio, extended its curfew through Tuesday.
  • Floyd family speak to police: Floyd's family spoke to Minneapolis police directly for the first time live on CNN. Floyd's brother asked whether the other officers involved would be arrested; Police Chief Medaria Arradondo replied, "Being silent or not intervening to me, you're being complicit ... Mr. Floyd died in our hands."
  • Minnesota truck driver charged: A man who drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters in Minnesota interstate Sunday night was charged with assault.
  • Derek Chauvin in court: The former officer who was filmed with his knee on Floyd's neck will appear in court on June 8, court records show. He has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

See CNN's photo gallery of the nationwide protests:

4:28 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Washington county declares state of emergency over "violence and thefts"

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Demonstrators chant during a gathering on May 31, in Seattle.
Demonstrators chant during a gathering on May 31, in Seattle. David Ryder/Getty Images

Washington's King County, which includes the city of Seattle, has declared a state of emergency due to "violence and thefts associated with some of the local protests."

"King County values and respects the peaceful expression of political views, and supports all people in exercising their First Amendment rights," said the county government in a press release.
"To assist in responding to the violence and theft associated with some of the local protests, King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued a King County Proclamation of Emergency."

The statement said the country activated its Emergency Operations Center on Saturday to respond to "significant civil emergency."

Earlier today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called up the National Guard statewide, ordering the state’s adjutant general to activate as many guardsmen as needed.

9:13 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

The court appearance for the former Minnesota officer charged for murder is moved to June 8

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Lechelle Benken 

The first court appearance for Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer charged in death of George Floyd, has been moved to June 8, according to court records.

He was originally scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on Monday. The court records indicate no specific reasoning for why the date was reset.

Chauvin remains in custody. He was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- two felonies where intent is a key element.

3:50 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Boston police officers were injured during the protests last night

A number of Boston police officers were injured during the protests Sunday night, which saw 40 people arrested, said the police.

Seven injured officers were taken to the hospital, more were treated on scene, and at least 21 police cruisers were damaged, said the police department in a tweet.

Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts National Guard arrived in Boston to disperse remaining protesters, and respond to reports of looting and vandalism.

3:30 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

In some cities, tensions erupted between police and protesters. In others, officers joined the movement

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Protests have swept the US these past six days in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minnesota.

While some police departments have been accused of being heavy handed in their attempts to control protests that turned violent, other departments have tried to reach out to protesters to share their grief and help convey their message of peace.

In Houston, Floyd's hometown, Police Chief Art Acevedo kneeled along with protesters. Acevedo told CNN's Don Lemon that he wants to provide a police escort for George Floyd's body as he returns to his hometown to be buried.

"It's going to be a big deal for our city to bring him back home," Acevedo said. "We want to make sure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe."

In New York City, a police officer was seen taking a knee in front of a heart drawn on a wall during a rally for Floyd near Times Square Sunday.

In nearby New Jersey, the Camden County Metro Police Chief Joe Wysocki joined demonstrators at the head of a march holding a sign that read "Standing in Solidarity" to honor the movement and spread a message of peace.

On the opposite coast, an entire line of officers was seen taking the knee as they faced protesters in Spokane County, Washington. Demonstrators cheered as the officers kneeled.

In Kansas City, Missouri, at least one protestor shook the hand of an officer deployed to a protest Sunday.

Read more and see the photos here: