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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2:14 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

FIFA responds to Trump's criticism on allowing players to kneel: "We must all say no to racism"

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

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Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, released a statement on Monday calling for “tolerance” and “mutual respect” after President Trump criticized the annulment of a policy that required players to stand during the national anthem. 

The organization doubled down on the decision made by United States Soccer Federation last week to repeal the “stand-for-anthem” policy after leaders acknowledged a public change in sentiment following the death of George Floyd.

“FIFA strongly advocates for tolerance, mutual respect and common sense when such important matters are debated,” the statement said. “FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of all forms of discrimination in football, as outlined in the FIFA Statutes. We must all say no to racism and no to violence.”

What is this about: Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I won’t be watching much anymore!” in response to a report from CNN affiliate WEAR in which Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, voiced strong disagreement with US Soccer's reversal. 

1:52 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Trump expected to sign modest police reforms on Tuesday

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Kaitlan Collins

President Trump walks across the south lawn of the White House on June 14.
President Trump walks across the south lawn of the White House on June 14. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday to establish a national certification system for law enforcement agencies and a database to better track excessive uses of force by police officers nationwide, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

The executive order is still being finalized, but the key provisions in the current draft of the order include modest directives with broad-based support intended to encourage higher standards among police departments while leaving the prospect of more significant police reform in the hands of Congress.

A source briefed on the text of the executive order said it is relatively muted when it comes to sweeping police reforms that have been discussed by members of both parties recently. The order mainly leans on lawmakers to do the heavy lifting, as the President has privately expressed caution about alienating police officers by going too far.

Trump has yet to comprehensively address issues of police reform or even acknowledge systemic racism in America. He has not been heavily involved in drafting the executive order. Instead, the President has directed his energy on delivering a tough-talking law-and-order message and falsely portraying peaceful protesters as mostly violent.

The executive order is also expected to direct the secretary of health and human services to encourage police departments to embed mental health professionals in their response to calls related to mental health, homelessness and addiction as well as to find resources to help police departments hire mental health co-responders, the source said.

Ja'Ron Smith, a deputy assistant to the President, confirmed Monday morning that the executive order will look to incentivize police departments to include mental health professionals as co-responders.

"Co-responders would allow for police to do their job but bring in social workers and experts that deal with mental health and deal with issues such as drug addiction or alcohol addiction or even other issues like homelessness," Smith said on Fox News Channel.

The executive order is also expected to include language acknowledging that some law enforcement officials have misused their authority and will urge Congress to pass legislation on police reform.

What is Congress doing: Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are working to advance two competing bills, with the Democratic legislation going further in several respects by banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants. White House officials have been coordinating with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the sole black Republican senator, who is spearheading the GOP's legislative effort.

While Trump has been hesitant to wade into the issue of police reform, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Smith have been leading an effort inside the White House to seek out police reform proposals from criminal justice reform advocates and law enforcement groups in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

While Trump signaled last week that he may support outlawing chokeholds, the executive order is not expected to direct an outright ban.

"I don't like chokeholds," Trump said in a Fox News interview last week, before quickly suggesting that some situations might make the use of a chokehold appropriate.

"I think the concept of chokehold sounds so innocent, so perfect, and then you realize if it's a one on one — now if it's a two on one, that's a little bit of a different story, depending — depending on the toughness and strength. You know, we're talking about toughness and strength. We are talking -- there's a physical thing here also. But if a police officer is in a bad scuffle, and he's got somebody in a chokehold ... " Trump said. "With that being said, it would be, I think, a very good thing that, generally speaking, it should be ended."

1:29 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Black Lives Matter activist found dead

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Tallahassee Police are investigating the death of a Black Lives Matter protester whose body was found just days after she was reported missing, according to a police news release.

Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, along with a 75-year-old woman were found dead on Saturday night. Authorities have not released details as to what the relationship was between the two women or how they were killed. Both deaths are being investigated as homicides, police said. 

A suspect has been taken into custody. He is identified as 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr. 

Salau had not been heard from since June 6, the same day she shared a series of tweets claiming that she had been sexually assaulted earlier that morning. 

1:27 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Protests continue in Atlanta following Rayshard Brooks' death

From CNN's Christina Maxouris and Holly Yan

Protesters take part in a march organized by NAACP on June 15 in Atlanta.
Protesters take part in a march organized by NAACP on June 15 in Atlanta. Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Protesters flooded the streets of downtown Atlanta on Monday to demand an end to systemic racism and decry the death of Rayshard Brooks who was shot and killed by police.

Brooks, 27, was shot twice in the back, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Hours after the killing, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields stepped down. The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, was fired. Another officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, was put on administrative duty.

Protesters also called for an end to Georgia's citizen's arrest law, which made national headlines after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man killed in southeast Georgia while jogging.

Nationwide rallies denouncing police brutality have taken place every day for 20 days since the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee against his neck for almost 9 minutes.

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12:28 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey will be required to publish annual list of disciplined officers

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Every state, county, and local law enforcement agency across New Jersey will be required to publish a list of officers “who were fired, demoted, or suspended for more than five days due to a disciplinary violation,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced in a statement Monday.

Law enforcement agencies will be required to publish the list annually, with the first list to be published no later than December 31.

“Today, we end the practice of protecting the few to the detriment of the many. Today, we recommit ourselves to building a culture of transparency and accountability in law enforcement,” Grewal said in the statement.

Prior to this order, unless they have faced criminal charges, the disciplinary records of officers have generally not been revealed to the public, according to the Attorney General’s office.

“We cannot build trust with the public unless we’re candid about the shortcomings of our own officers,” said Col. Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police superintendent. 

“By releasing the names of State Troopers who committed serious disciplinary violations, we are continuing the long, hard work of earning and maintaining the trust of the communities we serve.”

12:13 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

House Democrats say they have enough support to pass police reform bill

From CNN's Manu Raju

There are now 223 House cosponsors for the policing overhaul bill, and they are all Democrats, House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler's office tells CNN.

This is enough for passage in their chamber. The bill will be voted on in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday before heading to the full House floor for a vote next week.

12:30 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

"I can never get my husband back," Rayshard Brooks' wife says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal


Tomika Miller, Rayshard Brooks’ wife, said no justice can bring her husband back.

“There is no justice that can ever make me feel happy about what’s been done. I can never get my husband back. I can never get my best friend,” she said.

Speaking at a news conference in Atlanta on Monday, she mourned her loss.

“I can never tell my daughter, ‘oh, he's coming to take you skating or swimming lessons.’ So, it’s just going to be a long time before I heal. It's going to be a long time before this family heals,” Miller said.

Despite the loss, she said, “I know he's down smiling because his name will forever be remembered.”

Miller thanked everyone for the support and urged protesters to continue with peaceful demonstrations.

“I just ask that if you could just keep it as a peaceful protest that would be wonderful, because we want to keep his name positive," she said.


12:11 p.m. ET, June 15, 2020

New York governor will sign more police reform bills

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news briefing on June 15 in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news briefing on June 15 in New York. Pool

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will sign additional police-based bills into law today.

The measures include:

  • Requiring officers to report a weapon discharge within 6 hours
  • Requiring that police departments and courts track arrest data, including on race and ethnicity
  • Requiring police officers to provide for the medical and mental health needs of any person under arrest or in custody who requires it

This follows his signature on a sweeping list of laws on police reform last week.

At a news conference today, Cuomo rehashed his plan to require counties and cities to collaborate on the community level and with local leadership and police to pass a redesign plan for their police force by April 1.


11:57 a.m. ET, June 15, 2020

Tyler Perry will pay for Rayshard Brooks' funeral, family attorney says

 Kevin Winter/Getty Images
 Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Tyler Perry will cover the cost of Rayshard Brooks' funeral, Brooks family attorney L. Chris Stewart announced at a news conference moments ago.

No other details about the funeral were released.

Perry also contributed to George Floyd's funeral. At that service last week, Rev. Al Sharpton thanked Perry, Robert Smith, and Floyd Mayweather for making sure that the family of Floyd “didn’t have to worry about expense.”