June 15 Black Lives Matter protests

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes, Helen Regan and Steve George, CNN

Updated 12:41 a.m. ET, June 16, 2020
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11:05 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Eight Atlanta police officers have resigned since June 1, organization says

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

An Atlanta police officer holds a baton during a protest over th death of George Floyd on May 29, in Atlanta.
An Atlanta police officer holds a baton during a protest over th death of George Floyd on May 29, in Atlanta. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Eight Atlanta police officers have resigned since June 1, according to the Atlanta Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

“We are now going into the third consecutive week of unbated protests in which officers have worked 12-hour shifts seven days per week. As you can imagine, their stress levels are exacerbated by physical and emotional exhaustion. We are grateful for the sacrifices they are making every day and will continue to support them while accelerating the programs under the Atlanta Police Foundation’s mission in order to address police reform and other issues the protests and their aftermath have illuminated," Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation.

The foundation did not state an exact reason for the resignations, but indicated a low moral throughout the department. 

The organization had previously reported that 19 officers had resigned in the past 10 days. In an updated statement, the Atlanta Police Foundation said they reported an inaccurate number of officer resignations. 

"Earlier today, the Atlanta Police Foundation reported an inaccurate number of officer resignations within the Atlanta Police Department since the start of the social justice protests. Eight officers have resigned since June 1. Due to a miscommunication we reported inaccurately that 19 officers had resigned. We apologize for the error," the statement said.

CNN has reached out to the police department for comment on the resignations. 

This post has been updated to reflect the updated number of resignations from the Atlanta Police Foundation.

11:03 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Police release disciplinary history for two officers in Rayshard Brooks shooting 

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan
Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta police have released the disciplinary records for the two officers involved in Rayshard Brooks’ shooting on Friday night. 

Officer Garrett Rolfe's record shows a use of force complaint from September 19, 2016, that resulted in a written reprimand the following year. 

Rolfe’s record also included several citizen complaints, all with notes that no action was taken. 

Officer Devin Brosnan has two firearm discharges on his record, both entered on the record this month. An Atlanta Police Department spokesman tells CNN that one of the cases is from a March 20 incident and the other is from Friday night’s shooting.

The Brooks’ incident notes maltreatment or unnecessary use of force, the record shows. 

Rolfe was fired on Saturday and Brosnan has been placed on administrative duty.  

CNN has reached out to the Atlanta police for more information on the officer’s records. 

 

10:47 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Fulton County DA weighing charges for both officers in Rayshard Brooks shooting

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

The Fulton County District Attorney is weighing charges for both officers involved in the Rayshard Brooks shooting, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Howard said that he understands Brooks’ widow and the community who are calling for one system of justice.

 “If this had been civilians, charges would have been lodged already,” he said. “People around this country want one system of justice so that both the police and citizens are treated equally. That is what we are hoping to do by making a decision Wednesday.”

Howard said that when he watched the video already knowing that Brooks died, he was expecting to see someone who was resisting and not cooperating with the police.

“That was the exact opposite of what happened with Mr. Brooks. He was very compliant,” Howard said. “There is no reason for Mr. Brooks to end up dead because he fell asleep in a drive-thru or that he was intoxicated.”

Howard said the video evidence in this case would be very important to determine what happened at the exact moment of the shooting

“Was it necessary to shoot Mr. Brooks to save his life or to save someone else’s life. Because if Mr. Brooks was shot for some other reason, then it’s not justified,” Howard said. 

 

9:55 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Attorney for Rayshard Brooks' family says the officer who shot him "was already going to use legal force"

Justin Miller, attorney for the family of Rayshard Brooks, said the officer who shot Brooks in the back "was already going to use legal force."

Brooks, 27, was shot dead by an officer Friday night at a fast-food restaurant after he scuffled with police who were trying to handcuff him, took one of their Tasers and ran. Brooks was suspected of driving under the influence.

Miller said that video released of the incident shows that "the officer dropped his Taser and put his hand on his gun before Mr. Brooks turned around with that Taser and just randomly shot it in the air."

"He was already going to use legal force. He was already going to shoot him in the back, before any of that stuff with Mr. Brooks happened," Miller told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Miller also said that officers should have to complete "100 hours at least of community service" before policing a community "so you know the people."

"I think they're trained to be more militarized than they need to be, and then they are placed in communities with people they don't know," Miller said.

9:12 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Roger Goodell: I "encourage" an NFL team to sign Colin Kaepernick

From CNN's Jill Martin

Colin Kaepernick looks to pass during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia.
Colin Kaepernick looks to pass during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

In an interview with ESPN, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he supports a team if it makes the decision to sign Colin Kaepernick.

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's going to take a team to make that decision," Goodell said. "But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016, has been unsigned to a team since 2017.

Earlier this month, Goodell said the league should have listened to players earlier about racism.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome (him) to that table and to be able to help us, and guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in communities," Goodell told ESPN.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table, and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around unfortunately for a long time."

Goodell said he hopes, "we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

The ESPN special, called “The Return of Sports,” will air on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. ET.

9:38 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Florida police chief says she knelt with protesters in solidarity with the community

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones
Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones CNN

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones appeared on CNN after kneeling in solidarity with activists at a protest -- an act that prompted 10 South Florida police officers to resign from their city's SWAT unit.

Quinones said she knelt because she saw that it was, "an opportunity to stand with them, to kneel with them."

"This is our community that we protect and serve and personally I felt it was important for us to show them we're together," Quinones said. "This is not us against them. This is us working together, collaborating and it was in reverence to our police department, our community working together."
"I knelt with our community in remembrance of George Floyd, not against police, not against officers," she said.

The officers had sent a letter to Quinones, saying they were "minimally equipped, under trained and often times restrained by the politicization of our tactics to the extent of placing the safety of dogs over the safety of the team members."

Quinones said the claims of underfunding are "not accurate."

"We provided increase in training hours, we’ve provided over $100,000 over the past two years in Swat-specific equipment," she said.

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8:41 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Protesters throw bricks at news crews during protests in Louisville

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess and Cara-Lynn Clarkson

Louisville Metro Police say at least two news crews have encountered aggressive protestors who have thrown bricks at them this evening, according to the LMPD Media and Public Relations Office.

The Department is asking people to stay out of the area of the protests, “due to aggressive behavior of demonstrators downtown, including road blocks, trapping vehicles, and violent behavior.”

According to CNN affiliates WAVE, WDRB, and WLKY, police have also asked all news crews to leave the area.

8:25 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

FBI and DOJ reviewing hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Robert Fuller, left, and Malcolm Harsch
Robert Fuller, left, and Malcolm Harsch Fuller and Harsch Families

The FBI, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's office for the Central District of California are reviewing investigations into the recent hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California to determine if foul play or civil rights violations played a role.

The deaths of the two men, Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, occurred in the cities of Victorville and Palmdale 10 days and 50 miles apart. Both deaths were initially reported as suspected suicides by the Los Angeles and San Bernardino sheriff’s departments and are now under further investigation by the local departments.

"The FBI, U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are actively reviewing the investigations into the hanging deaths of two African American men in the cities of Palmdale and Victorville to determine whether foul play or civil rights violations played a role,” a spokesperson for the FBI Los Angeles Field Office said in a statement.

Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale on the morning of June 10. Nothing but the rope, contents of his pockets, and a backpack that he was wearing were found on the scene, Los Angeles County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said Monday.

Investigators are researching Fuller’s medical history and looking for the witness who reported Fuller’s body as well as searching for contacts in Arizona and Nevada. Sheriff’s investigators will also analyze Fuller’s cell phone and are also looking for neighborhood surveillance video.

About 50 miles away, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating Harsch's death near a homeless encampment on May 31. Investigators there have not recovered evidence of foul play, the sheriff’s department said.

8:29 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

DC protesters block Interstate 395 near Capitol

From CNN's DJ Judd

DJ Judd/CNN
DJ Judd/CNN

Protesters in Washington, DC, on Monday appeared to block both sides of Interstate 395 south of the Capitol.

About 150 protesters were also seen at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.

They were seen carrying signs with the names of victims of police violence, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Here's what the protest looked like:

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