June 2 George Floyd protest news

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

Updated 0515 GMT (1315 HKT) June 3, 2020
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2:00 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Pentagon raises security to 2nd highest level during civil unrest

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Michael Conte

The Department of Defense has raised the level of security conditions at the Pentagon and other Defense facilities in the Capital region to the second highest, according to two US Defense officials. 

The level is called force protection condition “Charlie” — also known as FPCON CHARLIE — and the officials said the Pentagon went from force protection condition Bravo to Charlie because of overall concerns about vandalism amid civil unrest. 

US Northern Command, which oversees military operations in the continental United States, changed the force protection condition. 

“We increased the force protection level at select installations within the National Capital Region to best ensure the safety and security of our service members and their families,” a Northern Command spokesperson said in a statement.

What this level means: According to the US Army, “FPCON Charlies applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action or targeting against personnel or facilities is likely.”

The increased condition will further result in increased security, including additional identity checks at defense facilities.

Earlier in the day, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said there had been increase in force protection condition.

“We have increased the force protection level in the MCR, basically the Pentagon reservation and other facilities in the NCR. This is a modest increase. For the most part we have been at that level to some extent. And so some changes happened. Not dramatic,” Hoffman said.

2:28 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Protesters begin to gather outside NYC's City Hall 

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

A large police presence was visible outside City Hall in New York City as crowds gathered to demand justice over the killing of George Floyd.

Chanting "Black Lives Matter," protesters marched from Foley Square to the mayor's office with police helicopters flying above.

The demonstration comes after a night of violence in the city that saw widespread looting. Speaking earlier in the day, New York Gov. Cuomo condemned the violence, calling out the city's police and mayor for not doing their job.

“The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job last night, period, they have to do a better job,” Cuomo said.

The governor acknowledged that most of the city's protests have been peaceful and urged protesters to maintain peace and take the necessary precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

1:57 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Owner of Minneapolis store says he will no longer call police for counterfeit bills

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Protesters gather outside the Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on May 27, in Minneapolis.
Protesters gather outside the Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on May 27, in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The owner of Cup Foods, the store whose employee called the police on George Floyd, says he and his employees will no longer be calling police when people try and use fake bills at his store.   

"Until the police stop killing innocent people, we will handle incidents like this one using non-violent tactics that do not involve police," Cup Foods owner Mahmoud Abumayyaleh said in a Facebook post Sunday.   

Abumayyaleh, who was not present at the store at the time of Floyd's arrest, said even though it is state policy to call the police in the case of counterfeit bills, police "have shown time and time again that they do not know how to peacefully handle conflicts in our community."  

"By simply following procedure we are putting our communities in danger," Abumayyaleh said. "Police are supposed to protect and serve their communities. Instead, what we’ve seen over and over again is the police abusing their power and violating the people’s trust.  We realize now that escalating situations to the police almost always does more harm than good, even for something as harmless as a fake bill." 

Abumayyaleh said his nephew, who was present at the time of Floyd's arrest, was yelling at the police to stop and was pushed back by one of the officers, according to the Facebook post.   

Abumayyaleh expressed his support of the Floyd family and said he is donating money to help pay for Floyd's funeral. Abumayyaleh also called on his community to continue advocating for the end of "institutional racism" and police brutality.  

"We will continue fighting with our South Minneapolis community until justice is served, not only for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, but for everybody who is affected by police violence in our country," Abumayyaleh said.  

1:54 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Attorney general says there will be "even greater" law enforcement support in DC region tonight

From CNN's David Shortell

Attorney General William Barr thanked local DC police, military leaders and federal law enforcement agents for "significant progress in restoring order to the nation’s capital" in a statement released Tuesday.

“Last night was a more peaceful night in the District of Columbia. Working together, federal and local law enforcement made significant progress in restoring order to the nation’s capital," Barr said.

"There will be even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region tonight. The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital," he said. 

Read the statement:

1:48 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Philadelphia police commissioner says she does not condone "vigilante justice"

From CNN’s Evan Simko-Bednarski

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw addressed reports of vigilante law enforcement in the city and said, "We do not endorse or condone any form of vigilante justice.”

Asked about vigilante groups who were allowed to stay out past curfew, and why there was a disparity between them and others arrested after curfew, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, "I don't know but we're going to find out."

Outlaw and Kenney continued to defend the use of tear gas on protesters who went on to the interstate and the mayor characterized it as a "last resort." 

Kenney called the incident where an officer allegedly pulled down a protester's mask and used pepper spray "totally unacceptable."

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is taking the lead on the investigation into ATM explosions, according to Outlaw.

"We're working with the ATF who is taking the lead on these investigations to figure out exactly who is behind this. We believe that (they are) organized efforts, and coordinated efforts as well.”

Philadelphia Police tweeted today that there have been a total of 692 arrests from noon on Saturday until 9 a.m. ET today.

Here's the tweet:

1:45 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Crowds gather for Paris protest against police brutality

From CNN's Pierre Bairrin

Protesters gather for a demonstration after French medical experts exonerated the French police officers involved in the arrest of Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016, on Paris on June 2.
Protesters gather for a demonstration after French medical experts exonerated the French police officers involved in the arrest of Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016, on Paris on June 2. Guillaume Daudin/AFP/Getty Images

Crowds have begun filling the streets around the High Court in Paris for a protest against an alleged case of racist police brutality, despite the gathering being declared illegal by the police earlier Tuesday, according to CNN’s team on the ground.

Police in riot gear and around 50 police vans are also present as the protest is considered illegal on the grounds that gatherings of more than 10 people in a public space are forbidden as part of coronavirus restrictions.

In an echo of the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, this protest was organized by Assa Traoré, whose brother Adama died while being detained by police in 2016. The hashtag #JusticePourAdama (Justice for Adama) is trending in France.

“Adama Traoré’s case has become a symbol of police violence in France,” Assa Traoré told CNN Tuesday morning. 

1:26 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Richmond mayor apologizes for tear-gassing peaceful protesters

From CNN’s Kay Jones

A State Police tactical vehicle is surrounded by a cloud of tear gas at the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, June 1.
A State Police tactical vehicle is surrounded by a cloud of tear gas at the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, June 1. Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Speaking to a crowd that gathered outside City Hall Tuesday, Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney issued an apology to protesters who were gassed by the police department during a peaceful protest on Monday night.

Stoney told the crowd that every person should be allowed to peacefully protest and that it's their right.

“We violated that yesterday," he said.

Stoney attempted to answer questions and demands by those gathered at City Hall, many of whom were at Monday’s protest. He said that disciplinary action would be taken and that he was looking at video of the incident. 

Asked if he would march with them tonight, Stoney said he would. 

1:13 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Senate Democrats unveil resolution to condemn Trump for Lafayette park incident

From CNN's Lauren Fox

Senate Democrats unveiled a new resolution Tuesday saying that “Congress condemns the President of the United States for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peacefully protesting.” 

The resolution from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office affirms: 

  1. The constitutional rights of Americans to peaceably assemble, exercise freedom of speech, and petition the government for redress of grievances must be respected.
  2. That violence and looting are unlawful, unacceptable and contrary to the purpose of peaceful protests.
  3. That Congress condemns the President of the United States for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC on the night of June 1, thereby violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protesters.

 Schumer’s office said Senate Democrats will introduce the resolution today. 

1:06 p.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Washington, DC, mayor announces curfew starting at 7 p.m.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that there will be another curfew Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. ET and ending at 6 a.m. ET Wednesday.

"The curfew is 7 p.m. And that doesn't mean you're leaving at 7 p.m., that means you're off the street at 7 p.m.," Bowser said. "It is very important that everybody complies with the curfew. There are exceptions. If you are essential, if you're working, if you're voting, then you are able to do all of those things. But we're asking people to comply with the curfew."

Bowser noted that polls are open until 8 p.m. ET and those going to vote will be permitted to do so. 

"You won't have any problems going to vote anywhere in the District of Columbia, through 8 p.m. today," she said.