There is no curfew in the Twin Cities tonight, according to a tweet from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.
Minnesota State Patrol and National Guard "remain ready to support local law enforcement" if needed, Walz said in the tweet.
Some context: An 8 p.m. curfew was in place in Minneapolis and St. Paul Thursday after civil unrest occurred Wednesday night.
7:05 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
MLS will resume play after postponing matches this week
From CNN's Jill Martin
Major League Soccer will resume play Friday after postponing five matches earlier this week "in recognition of the struggle for racial equality and human rights," the league said in a news release.
The Black Players for Change are also scheduled to meet with MLS owners to "continue working together to create long-term change both inside and outside of MLS," the release said.
4:40 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green wants the NBA to keep playing
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
Following public outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the NBA had announced that it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series because of the boycotts. Now, the NBA and the players association say competition will resume Saturday, with no playoff games Friday.
However, Golden State Warriors��� Draymond Green says the NBA should keep playing.
“The only way you could hear that performer is because they have a microphone and they're on a stage. If we leave our stage and we drop our microphone, we could no longer speak for those people that we are speaking for,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Green also pointed to the issue of resources.
“Tons of NBA guys, NBA teams, and the league as a whole contributes to the urban community, the Black community,” he said. “If we take those resources away, we're taking resources away from ourselves to be able to continue this fight, and I don't think that's the right thing to do.”
In response to NBA commissioner’s statement committing to doing more for communities, Green outlined areas, like voter suppression and police violence, that could benefit from the league’s focus.
“It's simple, basic human rights. You know, it's holding these cops accountable that are killing unarmed Black people for no apparent reason. They're protected by all of these laws and unions. That’s ridiculous. Let's change some of these laws. Let’s stop voter suppression,” he said. “Overall, continuing to put money in the community changed our school systems to continue to educate.”
Watch the interview here:
3:52 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Michelle Obama tweets about Kenosha shooting: "I'm exhausted and frustrated"
From CNN's Kate Bennett
Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a lengthy post where she shares her feelings and emotions regarding the state of the country and the fallout from the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
“These past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our kids are seeing every day in this country – the lack of empathy, the division stoked in times of crisis, the age-old and systemic racism that’s been so prominent this summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House Rose Garden. And sometimes they see it from the back seat of a car,” Obama wrote.
Obama said that while she is “exhausted and frustrated,” she has been inspired by the protests.
“They will do something. They already are – opening eyes, rattling consciences, and reminding people of all backgrounds that this problem wasn’t solved earlier this summer and it won’t be any time soon unless we all make a change.”
4:22 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Here are the latest details we've learned about Blake's shooting and the following protests
From CNN's Melissa Alonso and Casey Tolan
The investigation into the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake is ongoing, and officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, held a news conference today to give updates on the incident and the protests it sparked.
Here are some of the newest details that we've learned about the shooting and its aftermath:
Prior charges against Blake: At the time of Sunday’s violent encounter with police, Blake had a warrant out for his arrest in connection to a domestic abuse call earlier this year. A dispatcher appeared to warn responding officers to Blake’s warrant, referring to “family trouble” at the residence in Kenosha and an “alert at this address for a ninety-nine.” The police code 10-99 can refer to a wanted suspect. It’s unclear whether those officers knew about why there was an outstanding warrant against Blake when they arrived at the residence. That warrant has been vacated, Patrick Cafferty, Blake's attorney, told CNN Friday afternoon.
Dozens of arrests related to protests: There have been nearly 50 arrests in Kenosha related to unrest in the city, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said at a news conference today. The arrests were for a variety of charges, including curfew violations, weapons charges and drug possession.
Protests are now more peaceful: Kenosha officials attributed more peaceful protests in the city in recent nights to the citywide curfew. "The last number of nights you've seen very peaceful protest and that's what it's about. That's how you make change," Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said at a news conference.
2:56 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
NBA player Chris Paul: "We are just tired of seeing the same thing over and over again"
From CNN's David Close
Chris Paul, the players union president and Oklahoma City Thunder guard, opened up about the raw stress the NBA players have been feeling and reasons for demanding tangible social justice action plans going forward.
Paul fought back tears while describing the pride and strain the players were feeling within the group.
“What we are doing in our league is huge…see real change, real action because guys are tired. I mean tired. When I say tired, we are not physically tired. We are just tired of seeing the same thing over and over again…everybody expects us to be ok just because we get paid great money. You know, we’re human. We have real feelings. And I’m glad that we got the chance to get in a room together to talk with one another and not just cross paths and say, ‘Good luck in your game today,’” he said.
Paul made it clear the players are passionate about empowering and facilitating efforts for people to vote in the upcoming elections and beyond. Paul revealed players had called upon state officials while not playing NBA games these past two days.
“One of the biggest things the guys talked about in our meetings, and it was great that we got a chance to get together and discuss these things, is voting. Voting is something that everyone in the room was very passionate about. We got a chance to discuss; we got a chance to talk to the different governors and tell them we want all of the NBA arenas to be polling sites," he said.
"Another thing the guys spoke about is while we’re out there playing, you know, we’re the product; we’re the game. During these commercials we would like to see advertising for voting. We understand how strong our voice is, how powerful our voice is, and ultimately, we decided that if we go away from this stage, we don’t necessarily have that same platform," Paul added.
CNN’s Dan Kamal contributed to this report.
2:55 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Jacob Blake's sister: "We will not be a footstool to oppression"
From CNN's Skylar Mitchell
Letetra Wideman, Jacob Blake Jr.'s sister, also spoke to those gathering at today's March on Washington. She said she was speaking on behalf of their mother.
"We will not be a footstool to oppression," she said, as she urged Black people to unify, and support "group economics" and solidarity between Black men, women and children.
"Black America, I hold you accountable. You must stand. You must fight, but not with violence and chaos. With self love," she said.
3:53 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Jacob Blake's father: "We're not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up"
From CNN's Skylar Mitchell
Jacob Blake Sr. on Friday said he knew his father was in Washington, DC, at the original March on Washington in 1963 when he was a child.
“I truly did not want to come see you all here today for these reasons,” he stated, adding that he showed up to Friday's March on Washington because “I have a duty.”
The junior Blake, a Black Wisconsin resident, was shot seven times in the back by a White police officer who tried to detain him on Sunday in Kenosha.
“But we're gonna stand up. Every Black person in the United States is gonna stand up. We're tired!” he said.
“We're gonna hold court today. We're gonna hold court on systematic racism,” Blake Sr. said before mentioning the names of other victims of police violence, “Guilty. Racism against all of us.”
"And we're not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up. No justice, no peace!" he said.
3:04 p.m. ET, August 28, 2020
Relatives of shooting victims speak out at the March on Washington
From CNN's Skylar Mitchell
Numerous family members and loved ones of Black Americans killed in acts of violence spoke out during the March on Washington today.
Here are some of the excerpts:
Sister of Botham Jean — who was killed by ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger while in his home when Guyger walked in, thinking it was her own — said people need to keep pushing for "change so that their lives were not taken in vain." "We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers," Allisa Charles-Findley said.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, said she carries "a very broken heart but also a grateful heart that God chose my son to be a part of this historic movement." "I love you all for standing with us," she said.
Arbery's father Marcus Arbery Sr., remembered his son, saying how heartbroken he still is at his passing. "I used to speak to my son on the phone every day, and now sometimes I feel like he forgot to call me," he said.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke after the audience chanted her son's name. She said "even though we're going through a crisis, even though it looks dark, I want you to be encouraged." "Don't stop saying Black Lives Matter. Don't stop fighting, don't stop protesting, stand together. We were built for this," Fulton said.
Eric Garner's son spoke, saying "I'm challenging the young people to vote." He advocated for peaceful marching and urges protesters against looting.
Oscar Grant's mother wanted everyone to know "that this race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to the one who endures." Wanda Johnson urged people to "continue to band together, to continue to call the injustices unjust."
Dontre Hamilton's mother urged people to vote this fall. "I will never stop fighting for you," she said about her son.