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protesting the death of and treatment of george floyd. but there are some who are coming just because that's where the crowd is. some are coming because that's where the cameras are. there are some people coming because it's an the opportunity to loot. let's not be lost by all of this in a larger conversation about what has brought us to this moment. >> breaking news coverage continues on "new day" right now. top of the hour now. so good to have you what is an important time in our country this morning. i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm christi paul. >> pain and anger across this country, another night of protests. after the death of george floyd. we saw this in cities across the country. a black man died in police custody in minneapolis this week, a white officer just knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was in custody. >> right now one officer has
been charged with floyd's death. derek chauvin facing charges of third degree murder and manslaughter. protesters are demanding other officers face charges as well. >> so floyd's death was one part of the equation that led to what we are seeing across the country. this has been going on and simmering for quite a while now. and the recent incidents of breonna taylor, her killing, the killing of ahmaud arbery have led to this as well. >> in atlanta we saw just a snapshot of the outrage across the country. protests outside our headquarters, they were chaotic, people vandalized the cnn headquarters, set cars on fire nearby. >> natasha chen is with us just outside of where we are right now. natasha, 20 states where we saw some type of organized response to what happened in minneapolis.
>> reporter: right, victor. similar across cities a lot started out with an organized peaceful protest bust then took a turn and that's what happened here in atlanta. i want to bring you a little bit closer and warn you there's a lot of profanity on the walls there and show you that the police officers there, security have just now in the last ten minutes or so put up that barrier around the cnn sign, potentially hoping to deter other people from getting closer today. but what we can see from what is written on the sign and the walls there's a lot of anger towards government and towards police. outraged protesters took to the streets around the country for the fourth straight night over the death of george floyd. fear and frustration with the u.s. justice system have led to peaceful protests in some cities across america and dangerous acts in others. in downtown atlanta demonstrations quickly the turned violent with protesters
burning a police car and vandalizing buildings at and near cnn's world headquarters. smoke bombs were thrown at officers and one person was taken into custody inside cnn center. atlanta mayor expressed her outrage last night. >> so what i see happening on the streets of atlanta is not atlanta. this is not a protest. this is not in the spirit of martin luther king jr. this is chaos. >> reporter: georgia's governor tweeted he activated as many as 500 national guard troops to protect people and property in atlanta and issued a state of emergency for fulton county. in addition to the protests seen in downtown atlanta protesters also made their way north of the city to lenox square mall located in the buckhead community. there were reports of looting inside the mall. the atlanta fire department has been responding to multiple fires across the city overnight.
a curfew was imposed in minneapolis but protesters were still in the streets after tear gas and flash bangs were fired at crowd. at one point protesters peacefully knelt in front of police in the city as a curfew went into effect in minneapolis and st. paul. 350 troopers cleared minneapolis' 5th precinct after officials said shots were fired at officers but no officers were injured. dozens of protesters were arrested friday in new york city after a standoff between police and protesters outside the barclay center in brooklyn. the new york police department said multiple officers were injured though none of those injuries are life threatening. in washington, d.c. the white house was temporarily locked down as crowds of mostly peaceful protesters arrived at pennsylvania avenue. protesters could be seen clashing with secret service and the tugging at barricades. the los angeles police department declared an unlawful assembly in downtown l.a..
they said protesters would be arrested if disobeyed the order. two police officers were injured. oakland police department also declared an unlawful asesembly n downtown oakland. in san jose officers were hit by projectiles thrown by protesters on the freeway in san jose. protesters took over portions of the las vegas strip in nevada and could be seen walking among the traffic. in downtown dallas thousands of protesters took to the streets. bricks and rocks were thrown at officers and s.w.a.t. teams moved in. dallas police fired round of tear gas into the crowd and used their cruisers and officers to protect police headquarters. houston police officers were hospitalized after protests broke out downtown officials say. cnn affiliate kt rx report dozens were arrested. cnn affiliate wame said gas was
fired into a crowd protesting police brutality in ft. wayne, indiana. a group of protesters outside boston police district 4 chanted who do you protect, who do you serve? all this as derek chauvin the ex-officer seen with his knee on george floyd's neck while floyd was screaming and begging for his life has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. floyd's family attorney said the family is believed the police officer was arrested but want a first degree murder charge. in portland, oregon the mayor tweeted similar sentiments to what we heard from the atlanta mayor last night that people burning property and looting that's just tearing their own city down. so we're hearing from local officials across the country, understanding where this anger is coming from but frustrated at how it's being expressed. back to you. natasha chen for us the there.
thanks so much. we'll go to minneapolis where george floyd was killed. police fired tear gas, flash bangs at crowds. we'll go josh campbell who is there in minneapolis. josh, good to see you this morning. there's some commotion where you're at right now? >> reporter: behind me you see members of the minnesota national guard. just stop and think about that for a moment. on the streets of the united states of america you now have national guard members, citizen servants being called up to protect the public, to try to restore some sense of peace. let me tell you what these specific members are doing right now. their job isn't to push back a riot their job is to protect the firefighters that are here. a number of firefighters behind us fighting seven blazes in this area. this is not far from the area where george floyd was killed. now as they continue to knock out these fires you see others resurfacing, reflashing and members moving in a rolling
fashion throughout this neighborhood that was just left in destruction. again the scene you're seeing here, retail shops that are burned. just debris across the street. this is happening around the streets of minneapolis and, indeed, in so many communities across the nation. we've seen from coast to coast a number of protests that have turned dangerous, that have turned violent. what we're hearing from peaceful protesters those who are trying to express their outrage at the killing of a black man by police officers here in minnesota is that they are trying to disassociate themselves with the kind of destruction that you're seeing behind us, this bedlam we've seen in so many communities. we're hearing from politicians, elected officials trying to get the public to calm down, to try to stay off the streets. let's listen to what the minnesota governor said and the mayor of minneapolis. >> the situation is incredibly dangerous. >> if you care about your
community, you got to put this to an end. it needs to stop. >> reporter: now, of course, the question remains about whether members of the community will heed those warnings. we know that on friday one of the police officers that was allegedly involved in this situation, involving george floyd, the officer that was depicted on that dramatic cell phone camera with his knee on his neck that officer was charged with third degree murder. we're hearing from members of the public they want justice for the other three officers were involved. prosecutors are saying they are taking their case slowly, methodically working through the evidence. as this community calls for justice we don't know if these protests will continue but something we'll keep an eye out on the streets of the united states of america in so many communities, destruction that is requiring members of the national guard and police to come out in full force. >> you know, you said something earlier that struck me because we're in the middle of a pandemic. there are people struggling with
unemployment. there are small businesses that are struggling just to stay open and you mentioned a lot of the businesses that you saw, that were set afire, owned by black owners. >> reporter: yeah. that's one theme that we continue to hear as we talk to members of the community who are staring at helps images in disbelief. they are telling us a lot of victims the people that you mentioned that own these businesses are people of color. in some locations you actually see spray paint on some of the boarded up windows that say that this is a black owned business. they are trying to message to the public that look, you can let off your frustration, but don't do it violently, don't take our livelihood. we were over at the 3rd precinct that was set ablaze outside just a little while ago. a judge rolled down his window looking at us in disbelief saying in 54 years he's seen nothing like this in this area. clearly devastated, a community rocked by viles.
protesters that have turned to viles and destruction in order to try to get their message across. >> josh campbell, appreciate your insight. thank you for bringing us the latest. with us a national politics reporter with the "new york times". good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so, in the political context, we have seen something like this localized before. we saw it in baltimore and ferguson. what is the ability to take this energy, this frustration, this refusal to accept what's happening and turn it into a political movement that gets candidates elected, that changes police procedures beyond the immediacy of what we're seeing across the country? >> well, it often depends on how local leaders respond. there is oftentimes activism that comes from this, community organizations that band together from this. but that takes a little bit. right now we have folks expressing anger in a kind of decentralized fashion.
it should be noted that he some of these folks don't live in that community and the solution building, the process of building it up will be left, unfortunately, of the ten to many people who were part of the process of bringing it down. and when we see in other communities i think about ferguson, in 2018, they elected a new county prosecutor in a historic upset election, a progressive who embraced the values of many of the social justice activism and other candidates. we've seen d.a.s elected across the country in the kind of wave that's gone under the radar, not necessarily congress or the senate but we've seen more progressive district attorneys elected who have embraced the framework of activism. and i think that might continue from this. it depends, though. it depends on how well local leaders respond. it depends how well communities organize after. sometimes that frustration does
not automatically lead to a electoral success in the future. >> so, we've discussed this morning about how this is a national moment and we saw it in '92 when the riots in l.a. were happening after the acquittal of the officers who beat rodney king. we heard from george h.w. bush. we heard from obama during ferguson and baltimore. no message, no national cohesive message from the president at this time. >> that's true. that is in line with what we know from president trump throughout his animosity. he's not shown real willingness to be the quote unquote uniter in chief for all, that even some of his supporters have asked him to do in a different continue the text. he went to charlottesville. those moments he would provide a scripted statement that gave words of typical presidents in the past that condemned violence
and called for togetherness and then you had, obviously, the infamous very fine people both sides statement that that is the one that we remember. you could not get a consistent message of unity that came out of that moment and you're not probably going to get one that comes out of this one. that's not been in the interest of the president. and even as he's called for federal investigation into george floyd's death he's called the video horrifying, what we saw was backed that tweet, that late tweet, that when the looting starts the shooting starts is kind of a similar moment that will be the thing that many people remember of throwing gas on already exploding flame. so that is kind of the lull of this president has not been necessarily to lean into the soothing role but playing his, his kind of cards, his political cards which often act as
opposite. >> the president tried to clean that tweet up. thanks so much for being with us this morning. let's bring in now the co-founder of campaign zero offers research based policy solutions to try to end police brutality in america. samuel, good morning to you. i want to start here with you about the chokehold, about the knee restraint, and the ability for law enforcement in or political leaders in minneapolis, in minnesota to decide today that we're not going to use that any more. if there's so much outrage about the treatment of george floyd, that is a decision that can happen. how common is that? is the minneapolis police department in the minority instilling those types of procedures. >> sadly it's not. we did a research investigation with 100 large cities in america.
what we found everything from chokeholds to requiring officers to use deescalation, to require officers to use every alternative available to them before they use deadly force those policies are in some police departments like in oakland but not in the majority of major cities. major cities are the places that tend to have more restrictive policies than rural areas. nationwide the picture looks very grim. most police departments have decided not to adopt policies that ban things like chokeholds which we saw kill people. >> you mentioned looking at the 100 largest cities, 91 police departments there that killed someone. only 34 of them and this surprised me required officers to deescalate situations before using force. >> that's correct. so, again, when we look at the policies of the police department, is that where they have written their values into a
document that governs officer behavior. what we see is that those values don't reflect the commitment to preserving human life to the highest extent possible. doesn't reflect the commitment to deescalating situations, towards using alternatives to deadly force and rather allow many police departments the majority to use deadly force in situations that are clearly unnecessary. >> did you find a correlation between those policies and the number of people killed by the respective departments? >> yes, we did. so we looked at the numbers of people killed by those departments. we looked at the policies. what we found is that there were eight types of policies, many of which i mentioned chokeholds, decongratulation, alternatives to deadly force, shooting at moving vehicles that the adoption of those policies was associated with a 72% reduction in killings by police. not only that, but it was not
only safer for individuals and communities who were less likely to be killed by police, but also safer for officers too who are less likely to use force, situations where officers have a high-risk of injury. this is a win-win for officers and communities. there's no reason why these policies can't be implemented in every single police department in america and if we did that we would substantially reduce police violence and save lives. >> we have placed those eight policies up on our screen and remember this is not just a conversation about the minneapolis police department, or the ferguson police department, or the baltimore police department, or lapd or nypd. 100 largest cities in this country. i suggest you read campaign zero's study to find out about the department where you live and they have a chart to show which policies are in place in the department that serves your community. thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you.
>> having conversations is something that we have done too often and we've all had those conversations, right? black man or black women dying at the hands of police. why does it keep happening. how do we end it indon lemon has an important conversation coming up. "i can't breathe black men living and dying in america," tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. eastern. there were some tense moments at the secret service, a clash with protesters just yards from the white house. a clash between agents and protesters demanding justice. we'll show you more of this. atlanta mayor calling for peace after protesters burned a police car. they vandalized buildings. where police precincts and cnn headquarters are located. we'll take you there and talk about it more. stay close. tempur-pedic's mission is to give you truly transformative sleep.
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secret service and police clashed with protesters outside the white house last night. >> the two sides wrestled over barricades. this was across the treat from the white house. at times protesters threw bottles at officers. at one point agents responded to aggressive pushing and yelling by spraying pepper spray there at protesters. >> cnn chrkristen holmes is wits now. the president' respone to this, his tweets getting a lot of criticism. saying he has not done now diffuse the situation and his language is not helping. what is the white house saying? >> reporter: before i get to the president's response i do want to touch on those protests because this is not something that we see every day. just to give a larger context, there are protests, demonstrations, sign holding, big kind of active scenes inside
of lafayette park in front of the white house almost every single day but they never really get this aggressive. this is something that we saw with these protesters taking down the barricades, really pushing against secret service officers. at one point protesters were pushing against their riot shields. this is a very secure location. it's the place where the president of the united states lives and they have done everything they can to secure this perimeter. remember after the oklahoma city bombing they closed the street in front of the white house. since then they have put up even more barricades between the fence and that park, lafayette park which is across the treat from the white house there. this is a unique moment in history to see this kind of aggression outside of the white house. it's not something we see every day. as you mentioned this comes as there's been intense criticism against the white house, against president trump for a lack of a national response and for him really seeming to stoke the flames instead of diffuse the situation.
as we watched minneapolis burn early in the morning on friday president trump tweeted this. i want to pull it up. see it here. thugs in all caps and says when the looting starts the shooting starts. to give background on this that was phrase that was first used by a very controversial white police chief in miami during the civil rights movement. it was something that was widely seen as potentially leading to police brutality which this chief said he didn't care if his police squad was accused of. the message is clear, if you are looting you will be shot. it was so clear that twitter actually marked it and said that it violated their violence policy and glorry if i occasion, no threatening of viles. president trump said he never knew the origin of this. that he heard it in multiple places. this just another instance on a reaction to a national crisis in which the white house has seen delayed or out of step.
>> so, election year with these protests along with the coronavirus pandemic and struggling economy. what role is this playing into re-election politics? >> reporter: this will play a huge role. we have to keep this in mind. the white house, president trump has been incredibly worried about november 2020 that election day particularly given the pandemic and the state of the economy. now they are looking at a different national crisis and one in which president trump has had a spotty history with. we know that he's come out and made remarks in the past that made even republicans feel uncomfortable and they are looking at a break here. he needs his law enforcement base but also his campaign thinks he needs to go outside of that and court minority voters. how will he walk this line of supporting his law enforcement base and people who are at this point the ones who are most likely to face police brutality. >> thanks so much there from the
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dramatic video from the protests coming in overnight. portland, oregon up first. police fired tear gas at protesters there, and they say cars were set afire there, buildings as well. san jose, california, protesters damaged cars on the freeway. >> and police in detroit say an officer was taken to the hospital after that officer was hit by a rock. another was on a bike and almost run over bay car. that driver sunday arrest now. in indianapolis police say three
officers were hurt during protests as was a protester trying to kick in some glass. the chaos happened after a large peaceful protest ended. to georgia the national guard has been activated. the governor declared a state of emergency. >> we go to outside of cnn world headquarters in atlanta. >> reporter: what started as a peaceful demonstration didn't take long to turn violent. cnn's center was a target of the demonstrators. they showed up in solidarity with demonstrations happening in minneapolis hours after arriving here, though at cnn center, began breaking windows, throwing rocks. look at some of the items that were being tossed towards the police line. in fact our crew here, my photographer and producer were here as police had a standoff with demonstrators. that video you're witnessing right now looking at right now, it was intense to say the least. this scene was chaotic.
it was, we saw officers at least two officers injured in clashes with demonstrators. windows busted open by an individual who is using a skateboard to smash open the windows. there was a point, a moment where it appeared the demonstrators might actually gain entrance into the cnn center. eventually that crowd was dispersed by the police using tear gas canisters. they were eventually able to pull the demonstrators back. but it did take hours before the unrest we saw unfold in downtown atlanta was finally cleared from the streets. reporting at cnn center, i'm nic valencia. overnight we also heard from atlanta's mayor who told protesters that they were disgracing this city by looting. >> here's part of what she said. >> when i saw the murder of george floyd, i hurt like a mother would hurt.
and yesterday when i heard there were rumors about violent protests in atlanta, i did what a mother would do. i called my son and i said where are you? i said i cannot protect you and black boys shouldn't be out today. so you're not going to out concern me and out care about where we are in america. i wear this each and every day, and i pray over my children each and every day. so what i see happening on the streets of atlanta is not atlanta. this is not a protest. this is not in the spirit of martin luther king jr. this is chaos. you are disgracing our city! you are disgracing the life of george floyd and every other
person who has been killed in this country! we are better than this! we're better than this as a city! we're better than this as a country! go home! >> also there rapper and activist killer mike who called for an to end the violence. >> listen to part of what he said. >> son of an atlanta city police officer. i have a lot of respect of atlanta police officers. i saw a white officer assassinate a black man and i know that tore your heart out. i woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday. i'm tired of seeing black men die. we don't want to see targets burning. we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground. so i'm duty bound to be here to
simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy. it is your duty to fortify your own house so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. >> also hearing from really powerful message from this father in iowa. he took his children to protests in des moines. >> he said he wanted to teach them and specifically his son the difference between right and wrong. we do want to forewarn you here don't get caught offguard about some of the language that's in the background. here we go. >> i want my kids to be able to see this. they never experienced anything like this. i want them to know right from wrong. wrong is knock out somebody's windows. you need to stand up for what's going on here. i have a black son.
>> a dad trying to teach his son in the middle of all that. >> but that conversation needs to happen. boys, i think often we call especially black children, we call our 11 and 12 and 13-year-olds young men. they are still boys. they should be allowed to live that part of their life without being rushed into adulthood but those realities come far sooner for many children in this country who are children of color, black children than they do for others. but when they are boys, had those conversations, take them to these types of demonstrations, to these protests, i think it's important that the conversations happen, that they see it because the reality is coming and it's best to prepare, prepare for them. >> yeah.
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phases of re-opening. let's go california. the supreme court has rejected a request from a church to block limitations on the number of people who can attend religious services. the decision is the response to a lawsuit that churches said they were being treated differently. this is after the state saw its largest single day spike in cases just last week. >> in missouri a person who was among the massive crowd partying the there on memorial day weekend, i know you remember these pictures. that person tested positive for coronavirus now. according to officials, the resident visited several bars and businesses over the holiday weekend. let's move forward on the breaking news now. new york city police say that dozens of protesters were arrested, officers injured, violence intensified throughout the night. >> specifically in brooklyn, new york demonstrators pelted officers with water bottles and other objects. expressing their outrage. not justin wake of george
floyd's death but this carries with it the deaths of so many young men. eric gardner, ahmaud arbery. all of this happening, of course, while new york city's mayor was urging calm. cnn's polo sandoval is in new york. so, give us a sense of what you're seeing now, the morning after. >> reporter: well i can tell you this morning new york city officials are certainly going to be coming together trying to evaluate exactly what if anything can to be done try to prevent this from spiraling out of control. i can tell you what took place he yesterday. what we saw was this peaceful demonstration that began to gather in manhattan. eventually making its way to neighboring brooklyn. that's where officials said things took a turn, getting quite tense at one point, pepper spray had to be used.
multiple nypd vehicles that were vandalized. at the end of the day dozens were hurt with law enforcement and also some of those protesters. multiple arrests this morning. we're trying to find out how many. certainly these pictures do speak for themselves. again we need to remind people this started as a peaceful demonstration in manhattan and then eventually making its way to brooklyn here. what we're hearing from civil leaders is they recognize where this is coming from. this is the anger, the frustration and growing call for justice not just in the death of george floyd but also previous cases as well. so it certainly is what we expect potentially again, another wave of demonstrations. what we're getting from officials is they are pleading for calm as people do have the right to gather and finally i should mention is there is also that other issue it is new york city. this was the epicenter of that coronavirus pandemic at one point and slowly starting on that improving curve and so the
concern is so many people gathering is that would lead to any potential spread and we're only days away from phase one of re-opening so authorities certainly recommending if anybody does head out, does participate in any kind of peaful protest they wear that mask and if possible social distancing, but when you see these large masses, large crowds you can understand why that's nearly impossible. >> yeah, no doubt about it. a lot of people wearing masks so they are still being obviously mindful about it. polo sandoval in new york for us. we're grateful for it. former vice president joe biden is calling on all americans to confront racial injustice in the u.s. coming up his response to the killing of george floyd and what he said to floyd's family. indistinct talking on tv ]
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saw so many protests and demonstrations across the country. now, let's go to detroit. fires, as you see here in the streets. as the protests turn violent. dozens of demonstrators arrested in this city. and police say a 19-year-old was killed, as shots were fired into a crowd. they do not know yet if the person was a protester. >> and in los angeles, there were large groups of protesters smashing windows, setting fires on the streets, the lapd telling cnn, quote, they were fully deployed. and two officers were hurt in the event. transported to hospital. let's go to charlotte. >> gas canisters deployed in the streets to try to control the protesters, demonstrators arrested after police say they threw rocks at officers and at their cars. former vice president joe biden has a message regarding
george floyd's death. he calls it the latest in a series of injustices, take a listen. >> original sin of this country still stains our nation today, and sometimes we manage to overlook it. we just push forward. with a thousand other tasks in our daily life. but it's always there. weeks like this, we see it plainly that we're a country with an open wound. and none of us can turn away. none of us can be silent. none of us any longer can we hear the words "i can't breathe." and do nothing. we can't tell victims like, you know, what martin luther king called the appalling silence of good people. every day african-americans go about their lives with constant anxiety and wondering "who will be next?" imagine every time your husband or son, wife or daughter left the house, you fear for their
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