June 6 George Floyd protest news

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Updated 0437 GMT (1237 HKT) June 7, 2020
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2:59 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Seattle mayor urges demonstrators to get tested for coronavirus

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

People march during a protest in Seattle on June 6.
People march during a protest in Seattle on June 6. David Ryder/Getty Images)

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan urged people who participated in demonstrations throughout the city over the past week to get tested for Covid-19, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office on Saturday. 

“Over the last week, residents across Seattle have been gathering to build community and share their anger and frustration about the killing of George Floyd and injustices against black Americans, here in Seattle and across the country. While I believe everyone should exercise their right and speak out, we must also remember we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” Durkan said in the statement. 

Durkan announced a new citywide testing program for Covid-19 that expands testing criteria to include people who participated in demonstrations.

Currently, testing is recommended for individuals experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus and those who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 within the past 14 days. 

“I recognize that many have put themselves at risk of exposure to make their voices heard, and this expanded criteria will ensure they can get tested at city test sites,” Durkan said.    

2:55 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Protester in New York City: "We have the power right now"


Jon Batiste — a musician and bandleader of "Stay Human," the house band for Stephen Colbert's late night talk show — said protests across the country show how this generation has the power to make change.

"We are the ones who are responding to the 401 years of generational trauma and oppression that our ancestors bore. We're standing on their shoulders," he told CNN while he walked with a large crowd. "We have the power right now. We are the ones."

Batiste said "everyone deserves respect" but "everyone doesn't get a chance."

"I don't believe in trying to change people who don't want to change, but I believe everyone has that love in them. All we have to do is put it on display," he said.

"Everyone deserves a chance to live a life pursuing liberty and happiness," Batiste added.

Watch the interview:

2:39 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Where curfews stand around the US

From CNN’s Hollie Silverman

As protests continue around the US, here's a look at where curfews stand in major cities around the country:  

Georgia - Atlanta: A mandatory curfew was lifted Saturday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after more than a week of a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. 

New York - Buffalo: Mayor Brown said the plan is for the curfew to remain in place until 5 a.m. Monday but the city will monitor and adjust if needed.

New York - New York: An 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in place until Sunday. 

Illinois - Chicago: A curfew remains in place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued the curfew on May 30.

Texas - Dallas: The curfew for downtown Dallas was lifted effective Saturday, according to the city hall website. A curfew had been in place since the state and city declared a state of disaster on May 31.

Colorado - Denver: The city wide curfew expired at 5 a.m. Friday and was not extended, a tweet from Mayor Michael Hancock said. 

California - Los Angeles: A curfew for the city was lifted by Mayor Eric Garcetti effective Thursday.

Florida - Miami: A curfew was put in place for Miami-Dade County by Mayor Carlos Gimenez earlier in the week and was pushed earlier to 8 p.m. from 10 p.m. due to unrest in Miami Beach Friday.

Minnesota - Minneapolis: Curfew was lifted by Gov. Tim Walz effective Friday after more than a week of protests.

Minnesota - St. Paul: Curfew was lifted effective Friday after more than a week of protests and curfews.

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia: The curfew was extended into Sunday morning. Effective Friday, people must be off the streets and retail businesses must close from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Washington DC: Curfew was lifted Thursday by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

2:18 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Stakes are high for protesters in Washington, DC. Here's what one of them has to say.

From CNN's Boris Sanchez and Alec Miran

Freedom Fighters DC board member Philomena Wankenge said she was willing to die for this movement on behalf of her family's future.
Freedom Fighters DC board member Philomena Wankenge said she was willing to die for this movement on behalf of her family's future. CNN

The crowd of protesters outside of the Dirksen Senate office building in Washington, DC, is growing quickly.

Organizers from Freedom Fighters DC told CNN that their plan is to march down the National Mall to the front of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where they expect a couple of speeches

One demonstrator, Philomena Wankenge, who is a Freedom Fighters DC board member, said she was willing to die for this movement on behalf of her family's future.

"I don't care if I lose my life if that means my nieces and my nephews won't have to deal with someone invalidating them because of the color of their skin," Wankenge said.

"It sounds extreme and it might sound dramatic to people but as a black person every day that I wake up I could die. Especially as a black woman dealing with sexism and dealing with racism I'm combating double the trouble," she added.

After the stop at the African American Museum, the group will proceed to the Lincoln Memorial.

The group will end the day at Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the DC mayor’s office. 


2:51 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Thousands gather in Paris for anti-racism and anti-police violence rally

From Ya Chun Wang and Arnaud Siad

People gather on Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 6.
People gather on Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 6. Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people gathered to pay homage to George Floyd and protest against racism and police brutality in Paris on Saturday. 

Protesters rallied with slogans "No justice no peace,“ “I can’t breathe" and “Black Lives Matter” and chanted “being born black is not a crime” as they marched through Place de la Concorde and towards the US embassy. 

The rallies had been banned by the police due to health measures in the context of Covid-19, and the area was barricaded Saturday morning to prevent public access to the US embassy.

As hundreds gathered in Concorde, several thousand peaceful demonstrators joined at Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Despite the protest ban, people gathered in other French cities such as Lille, Marseille and Nice on Saturday for the same cause. French TV stations showed police firing tear gas and clashing with protesters in Lille.

Some context: On Tuesday, a demonstration banned by the police prefect brought together at least 20,000 people in Paris at the call of a committee supporting the family of Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in 2016 under Paris police custody.

2:05 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

District attorney in Queens, New York, says she will not prosecute certain protest arrests

From CNN’s Anna Sturla

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz tweeted Saturday that she would decline to prosecute protest arrests based on curfew and social distancing violations. 

“We are proud to be a united front on this issue. Queens DA Katz is committed to reforms in the name of #SocialJustice and has declined to prosecute based on curfew and social distancing violations,” Katz said, while quoting a tweet from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announcing his decision not to prosecute yesterday.

A spokesperson for Katz told CNN Saturday that she has declined to prosecute curfew-breakers "from the start” and that her decision to not prosecute is not a recent one. 

Ryan Lavis, director of communications for the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office told CNN Saturday that their office "has not received any protest or curfew related arrests to date."

CNN has also reached out to the Brooklyn and Bronx district attorneys for comment.

Read Katz's tweet:

1:52 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

Philadelphia curfew extended through Sunday morning 

From CNN's Hollie Silverman 

The curfew in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been extended through Sunday morning, according to an executive order from the mayor.

The new curfew hours took effect Friday from 8 p.m. ET until 6 a.m. ET, the executive order said.

In addition to people not being out on the street, the order also tells retail businesses to close at 8 p.m. and not reopen until 6 a.m.

According to the order, "only people with essential duties will be permitted outdoors."

2:15 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

There are thousands of protesters in Washington, DC, right now, police say

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

Demonstrators protest on 16th Street near the White House in Washington on Saturday, June 6.
Demonstrators protest on 16th Street near the White House in Washington on Saturday, June 6. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Police are estimating that there are about 6,000 protesters in Washington, DC, according to the DC Police Traffic, a division of the Metropolitan Police Department.

At 12 p.m. ET, there were approximately 3,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial and another 3,000 at 16th and I St, NW, near the White House, DC Police Traffic said.

CNN staff on the ground in DC note there are protesters gathering at other locations as well, including Capitol Hill.

Read the tweet from DC Police Traffic:

1:23 p.m. ET, June 6, 2020

District attorney: Buffalo police didn't have to crack protester's head

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso


When asked how officers should have responded to the 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said "you don't crack a skull on the concrete."  

Flynn was asked what police officers should have done if the man was not listening to officers, to which he responded, "what you do is that you grab him" and "turn him around" and arrest him if he's doing something illegal. 

"You don't take a baton and shove, along with the officer next to him," and knock him down and "crack his head," Flynn said. 

Flynn said he highly doubts "shoving a 75-year-old man" is part of any training. But "if what you've been trained to do is unlawful, that's not an excuse" and police should "reevaluate their training."