All former officers involved in George Floyd's death are now in custody
From CNN’s Eric Fiegel
All of the former Minneapolis Police officers charged in connection with the death of George Floyd are now in custody.
Thomas Lane and Tou Thao both were processed into the Hennepin County jail around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, according to jail records.
Former officer J. Alexander Kueng turned himself in earlier in the afternoon, his attorney Thomas Plunkett told CNN.
Derek Chauvin – whose knee was on Floyd’s neck and is accused of second-degree murder – has been in custody since last week. All four are being held on $1 million bail.
7:55 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Charges filed against dozens for crimes during protests in Los Angeles
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
More than 60 people are facing charges for crimes during recent protests in Los Angeles.
Most of the charges filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office were for looting, but others include assault and/or battery of a peace officer, robbery, burglary, and receiving stolen property.
The charges are related to incidents in downtown L.A., Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Long Beach, and other areas throughout the county.
The district attorney’s office said it expected more cases to be presented later this week.
Between Friday and Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested about 2,700 people, Officer Rosario Cervantes told CNN. They are still tabulating arrests from Tuesday, she said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not provide the number of people arrested in connection with protests. Deputy Trina Schrader told CNN that release of numbers could be further delayed, as sheriff's offices will likely close due to a large crowd of protesters currently outside.
6:50 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Walmart removes firearms and ammo from some stores due to protest concerns
From CNN's Allen Kim
Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from sales floors in some of its stores following nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died last week at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests erupted across the US, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to police brutality.
Many businesses — including major retailers such as Target — were damaged or looted during the unrest. Cities across the US have imposed curfews in an attempt to avoid violent protests.
"As a responsible seller of hunting and sporting firearms, we have temporarily removed firearms and ammunition from the sales floor in some stores out of an abundance of caution," Walmart said in a statement to CNN.
Walmart does not sell firearms or ammunition in many of the areas that have experienced issues due to looting, but the retailer made the precautionary move with protests still ongoing.
6:48 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Trump: "I don't think we'll have to" send troops into American cities
From CNN's Jason Hoffman
Asked if the military has to be sent into American cities to restore law and order, President Trump said “I don’t think we’ll have to."
Trump said he has “very strong powers to do it” and said he might go beyond the National Guard “if it was necessary."
Some context: On Monday, Trump said in a Rose Garden event, “If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Wednesday that he does not support using active duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States.
"The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," he told reporters.
In the interview with Sean Spicer, which aired on his show on conservative outlet Newsmax, Trump went on to slam Antifa and what he called other “radical-left” groups for being violent amid the protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Trump said while the nation needs healing, there also needs to be “safety in our cities.”
6:40 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Here's a look at the protests around the US
From CNN's Holly Yan and Madeline Holcombe
After nine days of widespread protests, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced new charges against the four fired officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
The 46-year-old father died in Minneapolis last week after then-officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Since May 26, the day after Floyd's death, at least 9,839 people have been arrested nationwide during protests, according to CNN's tally from agencies across the country.
Obama: "We don't have the capacity to eradicate 400 years of racism in one fell swoop"
From CNN's Dan Merica and MJ Lee
Former President Barack Obama warned that people should not feel that this current unrest and the subsequent changes will address all issues facing black Americans, stating that the country doesn’t “have the capacity to eradicate 400 years of racism in one fell swoop" during his town hall Wednesday.
Obama quoted Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “arc of the moral universe quote” but added that the arc does not bend without work.
“We bend it, all of you have bent it over the last four, five, six, 10 years and we are seeing the fruits of those labors in the degree of awareness that is out there,” Obama said.
To prove this point, he noted the array of people who are speaking out at this time, namechecking Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach at the University of Michigan.
“That is not something that was happening five, six years ago, although Jim I know have been on the right side of this for quite some time,” Obama said. “You have unlikely participants because all of you have worked so hard to raise awareness, that is the progress that has been made, that doesn’t mean everything has been solved.”
Here's Obama's full quote:
“We don’t have the capacity to eradicate 400 years of racism in one fell swoop. So, if we think this is a seismic shift, I hope people don’t feel like nothing is going to happen once we figure this out. I have been known to quote Dr. King, I’ve said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ We bend it, all of you have bent it over the last four, five, six, 10 years and we are seeing the fruits of those labors in the degree of awareness that is out there. Think about some of the people who have unequivocally spoken out against what happened in Minneapolis, you have, I just saw Jim Harbaugh… the coach of Michigan Football, marching today. That is not something that was happening five, six years ago, although Jim I know have been on the right side of this for quite some time. You have unlikely participants because all of you have worked so hard to raise awareness, that is the progress that has been made, that doesn’t mean everything has been solved.”
6:34 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Minnesota governor calls criminal charges a step "the public wants to see"
From CNN’s Andy Rose
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz praised the decision by the state’s attorney general to file criminal charges against all four police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
"This is a step today that the public wants to see,” Walz said in a news conference Wednesday
The announcement comes the day before Floyd’s family is set to participate in a public memorial in Minneapolis.
“I think it’s critically important for them to see… that there’s another side to us and to this state that they did not see last Monday night,” Walz said.
Echoing comments he made to CNN’s Omar Jimenez while visiting the Floyd memorial earlier in the day, Walz said at the briefing, “I think this is probably our last shot, as a state and as a nation, to fix this systemic issue.”
The state legislature was already scheduled to go into special session next week to deal with coronavirus-related concerns and Walz said he now expects justice reform bills to be introduced as well.
6:59 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Former Defense Secretary says Trump "does not try to unite the American people"
From CNN's Barbara Starr
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis slammed President Trump in a statement, writing:
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort."
Mattis' statement continued: "We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”
6:16 p.m. ET, June 3, 2020
Floyd family attorney: "We cannot celebrate because an arrest is not a conviction"
From CNN's Allison Flexner
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for George Floyd's family, said in a news conference on Wednesday that people should not celebrate because an arrest is not a conviction.
"We cannot celebrate because an arrest is not a conviction, and we want justice. You know, we don't want partial justice. We want whole justice," Crump said.
"The family has always wanted first-degree murder. They wanted him charged to the full extent of the law," he added.
"This is the tipping point in America where we finally address something they don't like to talk about," he said. "There are two justice systems in America. One for black America and one for white America, when there should be equal justice for the United States of America."
Earlier today: Three former Minneapolis police officers on the scene when George Floyd was killed were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today.
Ellison said he's upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee pressed into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, to second-degree murder.