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er not just who killed him but what killed him. at least 40 cities have imposed curfews. the national guard has now been activated in 15 states and washington, d.c. overnight we did see peaceful demonstrations, but as you can see, we also saw new outbreaks of violence and looting. in a country creating leadership and unity, president trump offers neither. vicious dogs and ominous weapons. there is debate inside the white house about whether the president should even speak out. the police officer who pinned george floyd to the pavement with his knee for more than eight minutes has been criminally charged. protesters are demanding the arrest of the other three officers who did nothing to stop it. the minneapolis police chief tells cnn that in his view they are complicit. let's begin our coverage with
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cnn's omar jimenez. he is live in minneapolis. what's the latest, omar? >> reporter: allison, it's now been a week since george floyd's death. the passion and pain that has come with it has united the country in a way we haven't seen in a long time. we have seen our largely peaceful protests. again, cities across the united states. that's not all we've seen. in some cases there was rioting, fires, even looting in cities across the united states. a sixth straight night of protests as anger and frustration continue to boil over all over the country. in minneapolis a community demanding justice for george floyd. only one of the four police officers involved was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. the floyd family communicating for the first time.
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cnn relayed the question. >> i want to know if he's going to get justice for my brother and arrest all of the officers. >> this is the floyd family? >> reporter: this is the floyd family. >> to the floyd family. being silent or not intervening, you're being complicit so i don't see a level of distinction. mr. floyd died in our hands so i see that as being complicit. >> reporter: on a closed minnesota highway, a terrifying scene as a semitruck was seen driving into a crowd of people. local officials say the truck was already on the highway and the driver has been arrested, charged with assault. coast to coast people taking solidarity and still many cities the demonstrations turning tense. the 22 states and at least 40 cities enacting curfews, many activating the national guard.
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>> obviously we have to take protective measures even in the midst of our pain crying out for justice for george floyd. help us make sure those who want to change it from burning things and looting things don't win the day. >> reporter: chaos erupting in new york city with stores looted overnight. in washington, dc, protesters breaking curfew and fires. the police attempted to clear out the crowd. fire crackers can be seen thrown at police responding with tear gas and pepper spray. at the white house protestors gathered and sang. ♪ we all need somebody to lean on ♪ >> reporter: in philadelphia some demonstrators setting fire to vehicles and looting stores. in total, more than 50 people were arrested. >> the people throughout this country who want to see a continuation of systemic racism including in the white house will use the damage, violence and looting to perpetuate their
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sick hatred. >> reporter: there were some signs of peace and solidarity between the police and protesters. officers in new york taking a knee along with marchers. one sheriff in michigan making it clear he was there to serve and protect his community. >> we want to be there. i took the helmet off, laid the batons down. i want to make this a parade, not a protest. >> reporter: and this image is an important one. this is the minnesota police chief kneeling at the site where floyd was pinned to the curb. he said the killing was an absolute truth in life that was wrong. he didn't need to think hard about firing the officers involved. as we know, three of those officers have not been charged so far. the one that has been, officer
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chauvin, his court appearance was scheduled for today. >> that is a powerful image that you just shared with us and symbolic. omar, thank you. we'll check back with you. the former police officer facing the murder charges of the death of george floyd was supposed to be in court today. his hearing was postponed. we're not sure why. new surveillance video of the moments before he was pinned to the ground. josh campbell joins us with more. >> reporter: good morning, alison. we're here outside of government plaza. at city hall the windows are boarded up. 24 is something we've seen throughout downtown. this is in response to the protesters, the ones that have turned violent. next to me, the city jail,
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officer chauvin was initially taken here and now he's been moved. it's due to the covid-19 concerns and also because the city is preparing for the possibility of more arrests and response to the issue that began with the death of george floyd. we're learning as you mentioned that there is this new piece of video, cctv footage that shows officers struggling with someone in the back of a police car. you can't see george floyd. we're told indeed that he was in the back. as we look at this video, one thing that is interesting, there was this question about whether or not he was resisting the officers or not. the struggle appears to show some, you know, possible resistance. we don't know what was going on. law enforcement experts tell us regardless of what happened in the back of that car, the key moment is actually when he was outside the vehicle later and on the ground and the officer had his knee on mr. floyd's neck. that obviously part of that investigation determining whether that actually led to his
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death. now as far as the other three officers, we haven't received new information regarding whether they will be charged. that remains under investigation. i'll tell you a major development yesterday here in the investigation, the governor announcing that the state's attorney general will now be assuming leadership of the prosecution. it was handled by the county before. it will now be handled by state investigators. keith ellison here telling us that he will be pursuing justice, he will be pursuing it relentlessly. >> what do we know about this 2007 lawsuit that was filed by the minneapolis police chief who at that time was an officer before he was a police chief? if you look at the complaint, it's just rife with all sorts of accusations of discrimination and racism and so tell us more about that. >> reporter: yeah. this is fascinating. so back in 2007 when the current police chief was a lieutenant he was one of a handful of officers who filed a lawsuit alleging that city officials were
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tolerating discrimination within the ranks of the minneapolis police department. now this lawsuit alleged that black officers were punished more severely than white officers. now that lawsuit was dismissed. we're told that it was settled out of court for nearly $1 million but that raises questions about, as we talk about this whole issue with the police officers and incursion involving a person of color, is this an incident involving one officer, four officers or is this systemic here to this department? obviously a lot of questions being raised here in the community. >> thank you very much for everything you've learned on the ground there. john? breaking overnight here in new york city, we saw pictures of looters smashing windows. you can see the images right there. people going in and stealing stuff frankly from stores. at this moment dozens at least are in police custody. cnn's brynn gingras is live. give us a sense of what you're seeing. this is the neighborhood of
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soho. >> reporter: we still have helicopters above us. there are people on their bicycles, people walking around. there are people out and we're seeing police. for the viewers that don't know what soho is, this is a high end shopping district in new york. normally the streets would be crowded with people during the day, however, of course we've been in a pandemic and all of these stores have been closed. this is chanel. this store was preparing for these protests to happen because they even put up wood but the protesters actually tore down the wood, broke the glass, went into the store and it's completely ran sacked. there is merchandise like this, shoes, high end shoes, lipstick. there's around the corner bags and bags of empty bags of -- that had jewelry inside of them. it's just incredible to see this. again, the wood that's just on the ground that was torn down. this is still chanel. you can see police here are stationed to keep post while
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we're being told by the nypd, they're still taking an inventory of this area that has just, again, been trashed to get a sense of how many places were actually looted. as we said, john, dozens of arrests have happened. within the last few hours people are still being brought in. this is what it looks like this morning. i have never seen anything like this in this part of new york city, a high end district of new york city. we know though that among those arrests the mayor's daughter was arrested overnight. we don't have any comment from the mayor's office. we'll wait to hear that later today. it's important to note that not all the protests were like this. this is how it ended in certain areas of the city. we know some of the protests were peaceful. at one point there's amazing video of police kneeling with
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the protesters. the protesters yelled at them, take a knee, take a knee. there are those who took a knee listening to that. a moment of silence in these protests. you look at this, you can see there are still people walking by at this hour among the police office officers. it's sad to see the end of it when there are moments so good. >> in the soho area, there were so many moments of destruction. there were good moments as well. in portland, oregon, there are tense moments there. the situation has been escalating. we're also going to discuss how to get past this next. the firsd to any adventure. but when allergies and congestion strike, take allegra-d... a non-drowsy antihistamine plus a powerful decongestant. so you can always say "yes" to putting your true colors on display. say "yes" to allegra-d.
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gas amid concerns that the federal court house will be overrun. 40 cities have imposed curfews. abby phillip and erroll lewis and bacarri sells. i want to start with you. i was emailing with omar jimenez. it's hard for us to tell where things are going as they develop overnight. omar wanted to point out that in minneapolis the situation in the last few hours has actually been better than it was the previous night in terms of violence. less violence, less tension on the streets the last couple of nights there. so as we're looking around the country, there are many cities, that's what's really, really striking here, is how many cities we're seeing these protests, whether or not they're getting hotter or cooler, that remains to be seen. what's the take away this morning, bacarri? what should we be hearing this
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morning? skbr firs >> first, good morning. thanks for having me. this is not just about george floyd. this is about systemic injustice and racism. this is the tipping point. this is boiling over. you still have brianna taylor, ahmed arbery, you have the pandemic going on. this is about systemic injustice and racism. i do believe though, just like all of these protests ebb and flow, we've seen this before in our history, whether or not we're in ferguson, whether or not we're in baton rouge, i do believe that you will see the ebb and flow of this and you will see it resolve. there are many people who are lashing out in righteous anger but there are also some who are co-opting this moment from the outside attempting to stir and cause confusion and outrage, violence and that is not what the protesters who i know are out there raising their voices
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for. the easiest way to fix this, the easiest way to move forward is two things. one, arrest the other three officers and arrest the officers in the brianna taylor case and, two, actually put forth some solutions. i mean, everyone's telling the protesters to go home and wait until november to vote. well, at this wait if we wait until november, that's at least five or six other black people that are going to be dead. so put forth some solutions that actually are tangible that these protesters can say they receive some justice. >> erroll, bacarri used the word systemic, and that's what the national security advisor talked about over the weekend as well. let me play this and get your take on that. >> i don't think there's systemic racism. 99.9% of our law enforcement officers are great americans. many of them are african-american, hispanic, asian. they're working in the toughest neighborhoods. there are some bad cops that are racist, there are cops that maybe don't have the right
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training. there are some that are just bad cops and they need to be rooted out because there's a few bad apples that are giving law enforcement a terrible name. >> erroll, we often have this debate after one of these tragic events. is it a bad apple that caused it or is it systemic racism? your thoughts? i'm not sure we can hear erroll. hold that thought. we need to work on your audio for a second. hold that. we'll be right back. abby, your thoughts on that? >> yeah, i mean, i do think that this is a really important moment that illustrates the difference between just acknowledging that what happened to george floyd was wrong and terrible and also understanding that it's part of a pattern. i think there is pretty widespread acknowledgment that what happened in min knee app poe lis was bad, but where we see things diverging, when you
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start to ask people in the white house, in the administration, do you think there's a systemic problem here, and many of them agree with the national security advisor and they will say no. and that is why people are in the streets, frankly. people are in the streets because they don't believe that the folks who are running the government, who are in positions of power at this moment believe that there's a problem that has existed, not just last week in minneapolis but over decades and decades in this country. i do think though that we've been having this conversation as a country for a long time but especially in the last five years there's been a growing acknowledgment that it's not just a few bad apples, that there are practices that are widespread throughout the country in each of the thousands of police departments all across the country that need to be reform reformed. i think that there's been an acknowledgment that that kind of reform is necessary.
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to see the national security advisor to completely dismiss that entire conversation i think is pretty tone deaf. it really explains in part why they have not been able to quiet the streets all across this country over the past week. >> erroll, i think you have your audio back. >> i was going to say, look, there's 18,000 or so law enforcement agencies from coast to coast. about 800,000 people who work in those departments. even if the national security advisor were right, are we saying nobody should make an effort to go after the by his count 8,000 seriously and perhaps violently racist police officers? and nobody would say that that's okay. the reality is the number is probably considerably higher than 1% and there are systemic problems. these issues, you know, you can go back and read the concern ke report after the massive assassination of dr. king, they
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would be saying the same things. change the names and dates, these are systemic problems. you can't say a problem has been hanging around for 50 years without concluding that, yeah, there may be a systemic problem here. over at the justice department, which is the proper place to sort of deal with these kinds of issues, they made a very specific decision in 2018 as jeff sessions, then attorney general was leaving office, to not use the most important tool the federal government has to get at these problems, which is consent decrees with local departments. some oversight. these are the kind of issues that bacarri was mentioning. you've got to try and work on these issues or else it's just talk. watching television, gee, why did this happen one more time? as if we haven't seen this happen over and over and over again for decades. >> it was a stark dismissal from the national security advisor in one sentence of an issue that is clearly more complicated than that. bacarri, i was reminded of the eulogy from martin luther king
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in 1965 after selma where he said it's not enough to ask who killed him, you have to ask what killed him. i think that's what's happening this morning. >> well, i fundamentally believe he doesn't understand what systemic racism actually is. this isn't -- we're not talking about a particular officer being racist. i agree with erroll's point. that rises above 8,000 pretty quickly. that's not what systemic racism is. it's about patterns and practices which devalue and dehumanize black bodies. it's about the usage of choke holds. it's about not having transparency in departments so we understand your guidelines, about not having oversight. it's about continuous broken glass policies and procedures and to erroll's point, and i believe abby would say the same thing, i would want to go to this department of justice and
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right now i would ask to limit qualified immunity so we can file lawsuits against these bad apples. i would ask to lower the standards to press federal charges against these officers, no longer running and hiding behind the fact that you cannot bring federal charges because the bar is too high, and then lastly, john, one of the things most important about this, george floyd and brianna taylor, they literally paid these police departments to kill them. l listen to what i'm telling you. they issued grants, they fund these departments, they do so without any accountability and any oversight. so we need to make sure that we put in place a claw back so we can take back funds from these agencies that are not having any accountability and any over sight. those are three things that we can do right now which will help quell protesters. >> stand by for a minute. we're going to take a quick break. two police officers in atlanta, they've been fired for allegedly
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we know president trump's thinking on everything that unfolded over the weekend because he was active on twitter, but he has not made any national statement calling for unity or the like. let's bring back hatty fiphilli and erroll lewis. hattie, give us some context where over the weekend it felt like the country was inflamed, literally and figuratively. we haven't heard any national,
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you know, moment from the president. >> it has seemed over the last couple of days that this president, his administration are kind of at war with themselves about how to address this situation. when the president is left to his own devices on social media, he talks about law and order, urging police to use increased force, pushing the national guard, threatening to bring in the military because he believes that being tough on the protesters is the right answer to this, then at the same time there are discussions going on behind the scenes about whether he does need to give some kind of national address. now the white house is going to point to comments that he made on saturday to the pool of reporters about the george floyd protests ahead of his remarks about the space launch, but i
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think a lot of people are looking for more. they are looking for the president to address what we were discussing in the last segment. what exactly is his response to what the protesters are saying and what black americans have been saying for decades in this country, which is that there is a deep problem in this country. black people do not feel like they are being treated equally under the law and president trump has had absolutely nothing to say about that. that's partly because this is not something that he has any familiarity with. despite what he has been saying about wanting to appeal to black americans, he has not thought about these issues. >> the metaphores were striking. yesterday it was a full lean in. the president has nothing more to say today, period. imagine making that statement about silence. the lights were turned off overnight. that seems to be a metaphor.
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i suppose that was for security purposes. to turn everything off in the white house is striking, erroll. ann coulter tweeted overnight. she may be doing this for her own reasons. is it possible trump is resigned and they just haven't gotten around to the press release yet? i mean, there's a choice to be silent that's being made right now. >> yeah. well, look, the reality is we may have to count our blessings on that score because saying things that would be inflammatory would actually have real world consequences outside of what we as political pundants might want to kickback and forth. the reality is the president has a tough re-election battle and most of their -- most government actions and certainly most political actions i think have to be seen through that lens. he does not want to, i'm sure his advisers have told him he does not want to inflame the passions of people who are going to come out and vote against him
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in november. it's one thing to say, you know, you can write off los angeles, can you write off new york. the president was never going to win those states. you start talking about miami-dade county, florida, boosting turnout because people are so upset over the president's comments. you look at philadelphia, pennsylvania, this is not something the president is going to sort of wade into i think with his customary swagger. he's got to be very careful about what he says at a time when the whole world is watching cities burning, police cars burning, crowds besieging the white house itself. this is not another problem he needs on top of all of the other political issues that he's dealing with. >> bacarri, the president doesn't seem to make the distinction about protesters and the rioters which is, you know, some of the destruction that we're seeing. so when he talks about sicking vicious dogs and ominous weapons on them, it's just a different
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tone than we might have heard from past presidents. >> i mean, what the hell is the president going to say? this is a president that doesn't understand the nuance of race. he's a blunt force object and he's ill equipped for this moment. this moment requires some level of thought to actually unravel and deal with many of the issues at the department of justice and policy issues. this moment requires some level of empathy so you can understand and put yourself in the shoes of the lloyd family, arbery family, taylor family. this moment requires some level of compassion so you can reach out to a neighbor. none of those things that i named does the president have. those are not attributes that he has. i think he actually has some things, we're not giving him enough credit. he came out and quoted a 1967 seg grey gagsist. it's as if he's using the george
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wallace playbook. i think that as we're going it's never good for the arsonist to come out and put more flames on the fire. so i think that there has to be others who step up and one of the sad parts is joe biden's ignorant comments, it was only ten days ago, but none of those, none of those republicans have come out and said anything about this unrest and put forth solutions. so i think that's what we need. the republican party, if they want some identity when it comes to issues of race, needs to find some grounding, footage, courage, empathy, compassion. >> abby, one thing the president did say on twitter is he wanted to declare antifa a terrorist organization. there are a few parts of that, he doesn't have the power to do that. antifa in and of itself isn't an
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organization per se. there is something that the president is doing and you're hearing from some state and local leaders, everyone keeps wanting to say the people who are breaking windows, the people who are engaged in bad acts, they're not from here. they're not the demonstrators here. i wonder why there's that need at all these different levels to say these aren't our people doing this? >> yeah. i mean, i think on some level that is probably true. there are -- there is evidence that a lot of people are coming from elsewhere, coming into these communities and helping stir things up. and i think we have seen in some of the videos that are being posted online by protesters, there is a tug of war happening on the streets right now between people who want these protests to remain peaceful and others who are not interested in that. there is a tug of war from people that are new to this conversation about protesting about race. many of whom are white. and people who are black who
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have been doing this for a long time and want to use different tactics. those are very real things, but honestly, what the president is doing with this antifa discussion is just reverting back to this old political conversation of wanting to look at this in an overly simplistic view, that it's just far leftist, antifa, in the same way that he blamed antifa for the violence in charlottesville a couple of years ago. it's not in any way nuanced. we have to look at what is happening, which is there are a lot of different people from different political ends of the spectrum all converging on this issue for different reasons. we need to be able to hold those ideas in our heads at the same time. what the president is trying to do is make this about left versus right and i think that's not capturing what's really happening on the ground. >> abby, erroll, bacarri, thank you all very much for your thoughts this morning. >> thank you. cnn has obtained body cam
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video that led to two atlanta officers being fired for excessive force against two college students. it shows the couple being tased. we want to warn you, this video is disturbing. the officers both say they thought the couple was armed. cnn's diane gallagher is live in atlanta with more. it's a terrifying video to watch, diane. >> reporter: it's a really hard video to watch, allison. it was for atlanta mayor. after she and police chief viewed that video, they determined that the two officers who deployed their tasers had to
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be fired. they have since been terminated. the other three officers involved that you see there on that video have been placed on desk duty pending an investigation. now mayor went ahead and talked about the fact that she had not had a chance to speak to those students yet. one is a felman student, another is a moorehouse student. she is planning to apologize to them. they dropped the charges they filed against them. they did not have any charges filed against the woman in the video. now the police chief said that when she saw it, that she found that video to be shocking. said that in the way those students were man handled in her words, she went ahead and said that how they behaved as an agency was unacceptable and that it would cause further fear to you in a space that is already so fearful for so many african-americans and i am genuinely sorry.
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out here on the streets, remnants of what happened here. it happened on the street as the protests continued in atlanta. the police chief trying to iron that out. trying to make amends by the firing of those two officers and that apology there. >> diane gallagher, thank you very much for the update. well, protests across the country, unrest leading to violence in many cities, our reporters take up their lines next.
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this morning the entire washington, d.c., national guard has been activated to help police with protests in the nation's capitol. jeremy diamond live with the latest. jeremy? >> reporter: john, we are less than two blocks from the white house right in front of the seat of the afl-cio. this is just one of the sites of destruction that happened last night after those protests in washington, d.c., turned violent and when we started to see looting and destruction of property happening late in the night. you can see here the entire glass that is the front of this building has been completely broken into. there was actually also, john, a fire that broke out in the lobby of this building. you can see here some of the smoldering wreckage that is left over. the fire a recall la, actually, john was only just turned off in this building. this is a scene that we are seeing of several buildings in this area around the white
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house, john. just a block down st. john's episcopal church where every president since james madison has attended at least one church service there. there was a fire in the basement of that building that was also set off and around the blocks here, john, in this downtown d.c. neighborhood there are several cars that were completely burnt out. you can still smell the smell of those burnt cars as i was driving in just this morning, john. we should note that yesterday during the day hundreds of protesters flocked to this area just outside of the white house. they were mostly peaceful. in the evening around 10 p.m. things started to change. several fires were set and this is the results of that destruction that we are seeing. >> jeremy, thank you very much for reporting on the ground for us. also unrest and looting continued in philadelphia. cnn's brian todd is there with more. what are you seeing, brian? >> alison, the city is still
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reeling from the violence over the weekend and still experiencing a lot of it. we got here before dawn and people are still picking through this store. this is a game stop store in northern philadelphia. look at all of the debris. i'm going to take you to another store as we walk with our photo journalist andrew smift. what we're told by philadelphia police, they've made more than 40 arrests for looting in the past 12 hours or so. that number certainly is going to go up. they've made more than 200 arrests total. this is an ashley stewart clothing store. that's been pretty much cleaned out as well. some of these places aren't even that vulnerable anymore because so much has been taken. when we got here a short time ago we still saw people throwing objects against the windows at that store there trying to get inside. the looting and some of the pillaging around here is still going on. still, there is outrage directed at the police. our team experienced some of that yesterday in west philadelphia where police cars were burned. in front of us there were street
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fires in front of us. the genuine outrage against police still there along with some of the crime and opportunism going on here. alison, quickly, as we were on our way up here, the presence of national guard troops on the streets of downtown, philadelphia, wearing tactical gear and in heavily armored vehicles. they're getting reinforcements here but they need them badly. they'll see if they can get ahead of the violence. >> brian, thank you very much for that report. all of this national unrest coming, of course, amidst a global pandemic. we have reporters around the world to give us the status reports next. t schmear of cream cheese. you need only the freshest milk and cream. that one! and the world's best, and possibly only, schmelier. philadelphia. schmear perfection.
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distancing, they'll have their temperature taken to get into the basilica. the vatican museums will open up and other cultural sites will open. >> reporter: i'm anna stewart in london. car show rooms like this one have reopened their doors for the first time in weeks today as have open markets. part of the new easing of lockdown rules here in england. groups of up to 6 people can now meet outside as long as they maintain a 2 meter distance. new rules kicked in today, however, over the weekend you could see packed beaches, packed parks in the u.k. people preempting the new guidance or in some instances simply flouting it. advisers have warned that this easing of the lockdown has come too early. risks a second wave of coronavirus. and back here in the u.s. there are still protests on the streets so we have correspondents across this country bringing you the latest developments next. a grandfather of 14.
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this is cnn breaking news. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. it's monday, june 1st. 6:00 in new york and at this hour, there are still protesters on the streets. 50% of states have activated the national guard to enforce curfews and maintain order. overnight, we saw new outbreaks of violence and looting. at least 40 cities have now imposed curfews. >> in a country starved for compassion and leadership,
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