June 10 Black Lives Matter protests

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner, Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Peter Wilkinson, CNN

Updated 12:44 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020
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7:24 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Mississippi governor discusses whether the state flag should be changed

From CNN's Janine Mack 

Mississippi Brodcasting
Mississippi Brodcasting

Gov. Tate Reeves discussed the Mississippi state flag which is the only one of the United States to feature a Confederate symbol.  

“I believe that some point people will want to change the flag, but it should be done by a vote of the people, not by a vote of politicians doing a backroom deal in Jackson,” Reeves said on Wednesday during a news conference in response to criticism surrounding the Confederate emblem in the state flag.

The governor added that some people want to keep the flag while some people want to change the flag and that sooner rather than later, “people may decide to change.”

“There is no doubt that there's a lot of conversation surrounding that issue right now. And it's very important to have a conversation. That's certainly ongoing. I've made it clear what my position is and, and my position is consistent today as it was in 2019,” Reeves said. “I believe that if we're going to have real change in our state. We've got to deal with the issue of the flag in such a way in which all Mississippians can come together and can rally around one another.”

The Mississippi flag is the same one that has flown over the state since 1890, but it wasn't an official state flag until 2001, after the vote by the Mississippi Legislature, according to Reeves.

“As we look back on many of the decisions that were made by the politicians in '01 and no one probably wouldn't make the same decisions that they made them,” Reeves said.

These comments come the same day that NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate flag at all events.

7:23 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Bubba Wallace on NASCAR prohibiting Confederate flag: "Bravo"

From CNN's Jill Martin

Steve Helber/AP
Steve Helber/AP

Bubba Wallace, the only full-time African American driver in the Cup Series, responded to NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag saying, "bravo."

Wallace was interviewed on FOX Sports 1 ahead of this evening’s race in Martinsville, Virginia.

“Props to NASCAR and everybody involved," he said during the interview.

NASCAR announced the decision in a statement earlier today saying "the display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited" from all events and properties.

"There’s a lot of emotions on the racetrack and off the racetrack that are riding with us. Tonight is something special. Today has been special. Hats off to NASCAR," Wallace said.

Some background: Wallace told CNN's Don Lemon he wanted NASCAR to go further than 2015, when it asked fans not to bring the Confederate flags to races –– instead prohibit it all together.

7:05 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Budget dollars need to shift from policing to investing in communities, Houston mayor says


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said systems on every level, from federal to local governments, need to shift the way they prioritize budget dollars and invest in underserved communities.

"What they're saying is, if your funding is going just to law enforcement, and you're not investing significant dollars in communities that have been under resourced and underserved for decades, you've got it all wrong," Turner told CNN on Wednesday.

He said if governments invest in the communities that have been underserved for decades, then not as much money will need to be spent on policing.

"If the message is that you're going to fund police to police these communities and incarcerate them but you're not willing to make significant, impactful investment in their schools, in their communities, in their parks, providing economic business and job opportunities, good, sound infrastructure, access to health care –– you are missing to the mark," Turner said.

Turner said people want good policing and accountability, but "if we continue to get it wrong" marches, protests and demonstrations will continue.


6:41 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane released on bond, according to jail website

From CNN's Dave Alsup

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Thomas Lane, one of the four former officers involved in George Floyd's death, has been released from the Hennepin County Jail on bond, according to the jail website.

Some context: Earl Gray, attorney for Lane, told NBC's Today Show on June 8 that his client "was doing what he thought was right."

Lane, 37, had only been on the force for four days when he helped to restrain Floyd, according to his lawyer. Asked how his client could stand by and watch for nearly nine minutes, Gray said:

"He did not stand by and watch. He was holding the legs because they guy was resisting at first. Now, when he’s holding his legs he says to Chauvin, well should we roll him over? Because he says he can’t breathe. Chauvin says no."

Chauvin, Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were responding to a call about a $20 counterfeit bill on May 25 when they detained Floyd, who died while in custody. 

The four officers were fired and are now facing charges in Floyd's death.  

Chauvin, 44, was charged last Wednesday with a new, more serious count of second-degree murder. 

Kueng, Thao and Lane were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

6:09 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Pelosi renews call to remove Confederate statues from US Capitol

From CNN's Clare Foran and Manu Raju

Susan Walsh/AP/FILE
Susan Walsh/AP/FILE

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has renewed her call for the removal of the 11 statues representing Confederate soldiers and officials that are on display as part of the National Statuary Hall collection in the United States Capitol. 

Pelosi made the request in a letter today to the congressional leadership of the Joint Committee on the Library.

“Let us lead by example. To this end, I request the Joint Committee on the Library direct the Architect of the Capitol to immediately take steps to remove these 11 statues from display in the United States Capitol,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.

In a tweet, Pelosi said, “The statues which fill the halls of Congress should reflect our highest ideals as Americans. Today, I am once again calling for the removal from the US Capitol of the statues representing Confederate soldiers and officials. These statues pay homage to hate, not heritage.” 

The push from Pelosi is a renewal of a call she made in 2017 when she asked then-House Speaker Paul Ryan to join Democrats in backing legislation to remove the statues from the Capitol. That failed push from Democrats came after the violence in Charlottesville.  


6:03 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Trump focuses on past accomplishments during meeting with black leaders

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal  

Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images
Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images

President Trump avoided commenting on police, protesters, and George Floyd's death during an event with pro-Trump African-American community leaders at the White House on Wednesday.

Instead, Trump said historically black colleges and universities “were treated very, very badly and I treated them very good,” and said the black community is “doing very well now.”

Trump and other participants also blasted the media in vitriolic terms.

Republican political consultant Raynard Jackson accused the media of “putting more poison into the black community than any drug dealer” and “killing more black folks than any white person with a sheet over their face.”

The President didn’t respond directly, but later added, “The media is almost 100% negative. It’s incredible.”

Even when participants steered the conversation to the black community’s relationship with law enforcement, the President did not comment.

Kareem Lanier with the pro-Trump Urban Revitalization Coalition told the President that problems with police abuses run deep in the African American community.

“This whole situation with this policing — it’s not new to black people,” Lanier said. “We’ve been used to it. As a kid I got harassed by the police all the time and I was a good – I think I was a good kid. But it’s a part of our community.”

After Lanier spoke, the President said that his comments were “well said,” and concluded the event.

Trump then took only one question from the press, but didn't respond when asked twice about why the confederacy needed to be defended.

The event was not on Trump's public schedule and was billed only as a “roundtable discussion.”

5:53 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Peaceful protests continue across the country

It's been more than two weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and demonstrators continue to peacefully protest across the country.

Floyd died on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, and bystander video showed a police officer kneeling on the side of his neck as officers tried to subdue him. That sparked days of massive protests in cities across the nation and a sweeping discussion about race relations, reform of policing and more.

Here's a look at the protests across the country:

New York



Pool via WBZ
Pool via WBZ

Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against police brutality on June 10 in Boston.
Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against police brutality on June 10 in Boston. Steven Senne/AP

5:38 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Ludacris speaks to the importance of educating young children on current events


Rapper and actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges spoke with CNN about the importance of educating children on racial issue as the country continues to come to terms with the death of George Floyd.

Prior to Floyd's tragic death, Ludacris had already been working on helping to eliminate racial bias with a new media platform called Kid Nation. Developed with his business partner Sandy Lal, Kid Nation aims to teach children about current events, mostly through music.

"It's so important to me just because, you know, kids are still impressionable and they lead with love and they are very innocent. They are very honest. So I feel like we have so much more to learn from them, than we can teach them at this moment," Ludacris told CNN this afternoon. "We do research groups and find out what they want to talk about and then we help facilitate that. That's why this is so important because we know that music is very, very, you know, how much kids love music and how much it affects them and helps their motor skills and self-expression."

Lal and Ludacris are planning for a full launch of the platform in the fall, but moved up the release of two new songs tied to current events. They collaborated with various groups of kids, who sing the songs, while Ludacris created the lyrics and melodies.

"I'm being the change that I want to see. So by giving all the parents that are home schooling right now another opening and giving their kids something safe to look at," Ludacris said. "We felt this was an emergency to put these song out. You're right. Having these conversations is hard. That's why I'm trying to do everything I can so the next generation doesn't go through the problems and issues that we're going through."


5:14 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

NASCAR says it is prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag at events

A view of a Confederate flags seen flying over the infield during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina.
A view of a Confederate flags seen flying over the infield during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/FILE

NASCAR will no longer allow the Confederate flag to be displayed at events and properties, according to a statement this afternoon.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties," the statement said.

Some context: In a week where NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt before an event and said racetracks shouldn't allow Confederate flags, the NASCAR driver will make another bold move Wednesday by racing a car with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

"I think by running this branding on our car, putting the hashtag out there, bringing more awareness to it, it lines up with the videos that we had put out as NASCAR," said Wallace, the first full-time African American driver in the Cup Series since 1971. "Listening and learning. Educating ourselves. So people will look up what this hashtag means. And hopefully get a better understanding."