June 7 George Floyd protest news

By Jessie Yeung, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Peter Wilkinson, Fernando Alfonso III, Amir Vera and Steve George, CNN

Updated 1619 GMT (0019 HKT) June 8, 2020
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7:07 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

London's Mayor expresses solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters ahead of Sunday demonstration

From CNN’s Max Foster in London

Protesters outside Downing Street on Saturday.
Protesters outside Downing Street on Saturday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has expressed his solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests taking place in the capital, asserting that the killing of George Floyd by police officers in the United States must lead to “lasting change” across the globe.   

“Londoners of all ages, races and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to come together peacefully to say that Black Lives Matter. I stand with you and share your anger and pain,” Khan said Sunday in a statement. 

“George Floyd’s brutal killing must lead to immediate and lasting change in countries, cities, police services and institutions everywhere. We must root out racism wherever it is found,” he added. 

Addressing the protests which took place in capital on Saturday, the London Mayor cautioned that further protests must remain peaceful and acts of violence will not be tolerated.

“The vast majority of protesters in London were peaceful. But this vital cause was badly let down by a tiny minority who turned violent and threw glass bottles and lit flares, endangering other protesters and injuring police officers,” Khan said. 

“This is simply not acceptable, will not be tolerated and will not win the lasting and necessary change we desperately need to see,” he added. 

Ahead of a planned demonstration in London on Sunday, Sadiq Khan reiterated that the coronavirus pandemic still poses a significant threat to the United Kingdom and called for protesters to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidance.

“Please also remember that Covid-19 is still a very real threat to our communities. I urge people to consider ways of making your voice heard that doesn’t put yourself and others at risk of catching coronavirus,” the London Mayor said. 

“If you are planning to protest today you must do so safely, peacefully and within the law. Use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering and keep 2m apart from others,” he added.

6:14 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Robin DiAngelo: How "white fragility" supports racism and how whites can stop it

From CNN's Sandee LaMotte

If you're a white person in America, social justice educator Robin DiAngelo has a message for you: You're a racist, pure and simple, and without a lifetime of conscious effort you always will be.

You just can't help it, you see, because you've been swaddled in the cocoon of white privilege since you came sputtering out of your mother's womb, protesting the indignity of it all.

You may be indignantly sputtering right now at this insult to your humanity -- for how can you be a racist? You have black colleagues you consider friends; you don't see skin color; you never owned slaves; you marched in the 60s; you even protest today against the uniformed "bad apples" that use the power of their authority to smother minority lives and minority rights.

CNN sat down with DiAngelo to ask her thoughts on the conversations around today's protests, how they fit into the history of the civil rights movement, and what white people need to do now. The conversation has been edited for flow and clarity.

Q: Is this a "Me Too" moment for racial equality or is the conversation going to fizzle and fade as it's done in the past?

DiAngelo: There are a few things that I think are different about this moment. First, it's being sustained. It's not one march, one protest. They are ongoing and spreading around the world.

There is discourse in the mainstream media that I didn't think I'd ever hear in my life. Those of us who have been beating this drum for years are finally hearing phrases like "systemic racism" used in the mainstream media.

The number one and two books being sold in the world right now are both on racism, one written by me, a white person, and one written by Ibram X. Kendi, a black person. You can google "What can white people do right now?" and you wouldn't be able to keep up with all of the excellent lists of resources and guidance.

We're hearing a discussion of reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans on the Democratic debate stage. For the first time ever in history, I think, a recent poll showed that more white Americans believe that there are advantages to being white than don't believe that.

These are huge breakthroughs. But it needs to be sustained, and I'm a little worried about what happens when the cameras go away. This is where I remember Malcolm Gladwell's tipping point theory: You only need 30%. And when I feel discouraged, I remember that because I think "We got 30%. Let's keep it going."

Read more from CNN's Q&A with Robin DiAngelo here.

5:27 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Police horse causes havoc after bolting at London rally, after thousands turn up to protest outside Parliament

From CNN's Rob Picheta in London

A police officer lies on the ground after her horse bolted.
A police officer lies on the ground after her horse bolted. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in London on Saturday, in a largely peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd and systemic racism in the United States and around the world.

Activists braved bad weather to fill Parliament Square in the British capital during the day, but more heated scenes unfolded in the evening when a small number of protesters clashed with police outside Downing Street, the official residence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In one incident, video posted online showed a police horse suddenly bolting, causing its officer to crash into a street light and fall to the ground. The loose horse then caused panic as it ran through groups of protesters, before making its way back to police stables. It is not clear what caused the horse to flee.

The officer is receiving hospital treatment but her injuries are not life-threatening, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, sizable crowds defied calls from the government and police that people should stay home to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Crowds in London during the day.
Crowds in London during the day. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

They joined together to chant Floyd's name and "Black Lives Matter," at one point all taking a knee in unison outside Parliament.

Officers were not wearing riot gear during the daytime rally, but as the protests wound down in the evening scenes turned more tense and officers with protective equipment were deployed.

Police said a total of 14 arrests were made and 10 officers received injuries, but noted that the majority of protesters had acted peacefully.

"We understand peoples' passion to come and let their voice be heard, they protested largely without incident," Superintendent Jo Edwards, the spokesperson for policing the demonstration, said in a statement.

"Our officers have been professional and very restrained but there was a smaller group intent on violence towards police officers." An investigation is being carried out regarding the horse incident, the statement added.

Read more about the rally in London here.

4:51 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Trump is reading out of the Middle East autocrats' playbook

Opinion from CNN's Sarah Sirgany and Gul Tuysuz

President Donald Trump participates in a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 5, in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump participates in a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 5, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

We've heard this before. The copycat screech of tyrants across the world shouting down opposition movements as "looters!" and "terrorists!" We've seen this before as well. Militarized police and security forces deployed to brutally quell demonstrators and arrest journalists.

We've seen an out of touch leader invoking religion to "dominate" his rebellious subjects and restore "law and order."

President Donald Trump's reaction to the demands of American demonstrators in the wake of the killing of George Floyd is straight out of the playbook of Middle Eastern autocrats. And his actions over the last week have given a carte blanche to oppressive regimes around the world by setting a bad example.

Trump employs the divisive rhetoric often condemned in State Department statements about other governments. He describes some far-right activists as fine people, whose grievances are worthy of understanding. He dismisses the rage of millions protesting injustice as far-left, terrorists and looters, as if these words were synonymous. He even threatens to deploy the military to quell protests and use lengthy prison sentences against protesters -- these are the tactics of his "favorite dictator" Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.

For millions watching around the world, Trump's actions, coupled with the unfolding scenes of violence, have triggered traumatic memories and elicited solidarity.

Editor's note: Sarah El Sirgany is a senior planning editor for CNN, based in Abu Dhabi. She covered the uprising and political upheaval in her home country Egypt, along with other political news and conflict in the Middle East. Gul Tuysuz is a senior producer for CNN based in Istanbul. She has covered uprisings across the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. Read more here.

4:31 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Berlin protester says she is demonstrating because "There is a racism problem in Germany"

People protest against racism and police brutality on June 6, in Berlin, Germany.
People protest against racism and police brutality on June 6, in Berlin, Germany. Maja Hitij/Getty Images

The nationwide George Floyd protests have inspired a range of solidarity protests around the world -- and in Germany, protesters are taking the opportunity to highlight the issue of racism in their own country.

Protesters in Berlin are also demonstrating against police brutality and racism -- but they're using a different tactic by holding silent demonstrations and wearing black in tribute of Floyd.

"I am here because there is a racism problem in Germany," said one protester. "That's so in the whole world, but especially here in Germany. If you are black, brown, or just not white in Germany, then you experience racism. That is quite normal -- almost every day."

Police asked the estimated 1,500 people present to maintain social distancing while they protest to minimize the risk of Covid-19 exposure.

Solidarity in German sports: At multiple German Bundesliga soccer matches on Saturday, players from several teams demonstrated their solidarity with with the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Bayern Munich, the league's top team, wore shirts during warmups that said "Rot Gegen Rassismus (Reds Against Racism) #BLACKLIVESMATTER," and some wore "Black Lives Matter" armbands durinig the match.  

Later at the match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin, both teams knelt prior to kickoff for a moment of silence. Dortmund players wore shirts during warmups that said "No Justice, No Peace," and other messages against racism.

3:25 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Houston mayor: "We need more police officers"

Police officers stand guard after a peaceful march to mourn the death of George Floyd in downtown Houston, on Tuesday, June 2.
Police officers stand guard after a peaceful march to mourn the death of George Floyd in downtown Houston, on Tuesday, June 2. Mark Felix/AFP/Getty Images

At protests around the country, demonstrators are calling to defund and demilitarize the American police.

But Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, Texas, suggested the opposite earlier this week -- that we actually need more police.

"We need more police officers," he said in a video statement. "Most of our people in our community are saying we need more."

"It's not the question of how many or defunding. What people want and they deserve is good policing -- they're wanting police officers who are recognized that every single person, every community is important. Everyone needs to be respected. So they want good policing. They want accountability. And they want a system that they can believe in. That's what's important," he said.

It's not just Turner -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made a similar statement this week.

"We need police on our streets. We need them in our communities," she said. "We can't let these bad actors overshadow the partnership that we're supposed to have with our police departments."

2:32 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Denver Broncos lead march through the city, after head coach denies there is racism in the NFL

Denver Broncos players join people protesting on June 6, in Denver, Colorado.
Denver Broncos players join people protesting on June 6, in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

On Saturday, players and staff of the Denver Broncos led a march through the city to demonstrate against racial injustice and police brutality.

All Broncos-affiliated protesters wore shirts that matched the caption on a Twitter post by the Broncos, saying: "If you ain't with us, you against us."

The march started at the State Capitol Building and ended at the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park, where players addressed the crowd.

"The time is always right to do what is right," said Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller.

Safety Justin Simmons also spoke at the event, saying: “I can’t say what this means as an African-American man to see so many people of different colors, different races coming together in solidarity."

The team's head coach, Vic Fangio, also attended the march. Fangio drew controversy earlier this week when he said he didn't believe racism or discrimination was an issue in the National Football League (NFL).

“We're a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn," he said. "I don't see racism at all in the NFL, I don't see discrimination in the NFL ... If society reflected an NFL team, we'd all be great."

He apologized for the comments on Thursday, saying he realized "what I said regarding racism and discrimination in the NFL was wrong."

2:15 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Philadelphia newspaper editor steps down after publishing "Buildings Matter, Too" headline

From CNN's Ganesh Setty and Hollie Silverman

Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer has stepped down from his role after the newspaper published an article with the headline "Buildings Matter, Too," last week, according to an internal memo sent to newsroom staff and obtained by CNN.

Stan Wischnowski has worked for the Inquirer for 20 years and has been its executive editor for a decade, according to the memo from publisher Lisa Hughes. He is also senior vice president.

Wischnowski's last day will be June 12, Hughes said in the memo. A successor for the position has not been named..

What happened: On Tuesday, an article was published about concerns that historical buildings could be damaged during George Floyd protests. The headline said, "Buildings Matter, Too."

It immediately sparked uproar from the Inquirer staff, with more than 40 journalists of color calling out sick on Thursday. In an open letter to editors, the journalists condemned "the carelessness of our leadership (which) makes it harder to do our jobs, and at worst puts our lives at risk."

Wischnowski, along with the Inquirer's editor Gabriel Escobar and managing editor Patrick Kerkstra, signed an apology.

Read more here.

2:01 a.m. ET, June 7, 2020

Banksy speaks out: "People of colour are being failed by the system"

From CNN's Elizabeth Wells in Atlanta

Banksy, perhaps the most well-known anonymous artist and social critic in the world, has spoken out about Black Lives Matter with a new piece of art and a stark message: "People of colour are being failed by the system." 

In his latest Instagram post, Banksy said racism is a white problem -- and therefore white people are responsible for fixing it.

His piece depicts a black figure in a photo frame, which is surrounded by candles and flowers. A burning American flag hangs overhead, set alight fire by the candle beneath. 

The caption reads, “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine."

“People of color are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs. This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”

It is unclear where the new piece is located. A Black Lives Matter protest is planned in Bristol, England later on Sunday, near where Banksy is presumed to have been born.