PopMuse: New York News http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ George Floyd killing: ex-defense secretary condemns Trump's handling of protests – live https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jun/03/george-floyd-protests-us-live-news-updates-donald-trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jun/03/george-floyd-protests-us-live-news-updates-donald-trump Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:20:36 UTC Maanvi Singh (now), and Martin Pengelly, Joan E Greve, Joanna Walters and Martin Belam (earlier) at New York | The Guardian James Mattis accuses Trump of dividing US Ellison confirms additional charges over Floyd killingDefense secretary opposes Trump threat to send military to statesPolice chief calls for ban on chokeholdsAre you taking part in US protests?Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 1.20am BSTThe Guardian’s California reporter Vivian Ho is at the protest in San Francisco today. And she’s reporting that once again, we’ve got demonstrators on horseback. At the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd youth-led action in San Francisco, the horses have arrived pic.twitter.com/zAmaGrQEU8 1.05am BSTIn Washington DC, personnel from the National Guard, US Park Police, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, US Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are all out patrolling the streets. Because Washington is a district, not a state, the President and federal government have more leeway to deploy a range of officers. 12.49am BSTThousands of protesters have marched through central London in an overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration that culminated in passionate crowds gathering at the heart of Westminster. 12.47am BSTMeanwhile, law enforcement sent to quell protests in DC are equipped with tools used by military forces. Troops out here in Lafayette Park are outfitter with these stun grenades. This dude is conspicuously lighting up right in front of them. pic.twitter.com/biUreXd7lx 12.39am BSTThe New York Times’ decision to run an op-ed from the Republican senator Tom Cotton titled “Send in the troops” is drawing widespread criticism, including from Times staff. “Running this put Black @nytimes staffers in danger,” said Jenna Wortham, a writer for the New York Times Magazine. Colleagues posted messages. Running this put Black @nytimes staffers in danger. In solidarity with my colleagues who agree. pic.twitter.com/UfkZkE1xvjRunning this put Black @nytimes staffers in danger. pic.twitter.com/m0JqPRlpjQRunning this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger. pic.twitter.com/u3btzGTJzi 12.31am BSTA police officer in California shot and killed a 22-year-old San Francisco resident.Sean Monterrosa, 22, was killed in Vallejo after an officer mistook a hammer on Monterrosa’s waistband as a gun. Monterrosa was suspected of trying to break into a Walgreens, according to the police department, which has refused to release the name of the officer, according to the Mercury News. 12.20am BSTMattis’ statement condemning Trump’s handling of nationwide protests contains an implicit jab at current defense secretary Mark Esper and other officials. “We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate.’,” Mattis wrote. “It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect.” 12.13am BSTThe Senate has cleared a bill to give businesses more flexibility on Paycheck Protection Plan loans. The bill will allow businesses 24 weeks instead of eight to spend PPP money and have the loans forgiven. The legislation is now on its way to Trump, who will need to sign it into law. 12.06am BSTIn perhaps the most extraordinary passage of James Mattis’s extraordinary condemnation of Donald Trump, which was published by the Atlantic an hour ago, the former Marine Corps general and US defense secretary seems to equate the president’s behaviour in dividing Americans with the aims of the Nazi regime during the second world war.Mattis writes: “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis – confident that we are better than our politics. Related: Call Sign Chaos review: James Mattis pulls a flanking manuever on Trump 12.01am BSTThree men with ties to a right-wing extremist movement have been arrested on terrorism-related charges, the AP reports. Authorities said there was a conspiracy to spark violence during the protests in Las Vegas. Prosecutors said the thee white men had US military experience and were arrested after making Molotov cocktails in glass bottles and filling cans with gas, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the AP. They were arrested Saturday on the way to a protest in downtown Las Vegas after filling gas cans at a parking lot and making Molotov cocktails in glass bottles, according to a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press.The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday said they self-identified as part of the “boogaloo” movement, which U.S. prosecutors said in the document is “a term used by extremists to signify coming civil war and/or fall of civilization.” 11.54pm BSTAs Donald Trump’s threat to stick the military on American citizens draws widespread criticism, including from former Trump administration defense secretary James Mattis, reporters in DC are documenting a huge show of law enforcement, including military vehicles and military police holding a line against protestors. Massive truck + DEA agents as protestors make their way to the Capitol. “You really need a machine gun,” one young woman just shouted. “Honest to god.”Now DC police are also following the protestors. “Stop threatening me!” One shouts pic.twitter.com/CfLqYu68zmHuge display of law enforcement. Military vehicles, military police, police, all blocking off Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/LiUFtoHe2TThe DC National Guard is on the line between police and protesters. One protester told them to “turn around” because the “real enemy is behind you”—in the White House. pic.twitter.com/C3KkdjNXZF 11.43pm BSTHi there, it’s Maanvi Singh — blogging from the West Coast. Barack Obama ended his virtual town hall with this closing thought: 11.32pm BSTFormer defense secretary James Mattis has broken his silence on the Trump administration, fiercely criticizing the president’s handling of the recent mass protests over George Floyd’s death. In statement published by the Atlantic, Mattis accuses the president of dividing the country and ordering the military to violate the constitutional rights of Americans. 11.17pm BSTObama is speaking again, and has paid tribute to the speakers so far - activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former attorney general Eric Holder, Minneapolis councilperson Fellipe Cunningham, and Color of Change president Rashad Robinson. The former president said he’s feeling “once again inspired” by how they’re thinking “strategically” about how to enact change. 11.07pm BSTRashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, is talking about how to channel the energy seen at the protests over George Floyd’s death into meaningful change. He said it’s about “pushing for justice but recognizing we need to move people up a ladder of engagement.” Related: The racism that's pervaded the US health system for years is even deadlier now | Rashad Robinson 11.00pm BSTHere are some clips from Obama’s opening address:WATCH: "I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country," former President Obama says. "I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter." pic.twitter.com/oBsST8VL9TPresident Obama calls for people to VOTE: "I've been hearing a little bit of chatter in the Internet about 'voting vs. protest'... This is not an either-or. This is a both-and." pic.twitter.com/TZwV1LPHfV 10.44pm BSTEric Holder, Obama’s first attorney general, speaks first, remembering the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and discussing how to keep people safe while reforming police and policing and the criminal justice system. Involve the community, engage the police and bring them together, he says, which he says the Obama administration did in forming its 21st-century policing task force and producing its recommendations.“It laid the foundation for future work,” Holder says. 10.34pm BSTThere will now be a discussion, involving Obama, led by the activist Britney Packnett Cunningham. I’ll listen in. 10.32pm BSTObama appeals to the young to get involved in the push for change, pointing to civil rights leaders, feminist leaders, and leaders of the union and environmental movements too, King among them, who began to work for their cause when young. He is optimistic, he says, that “this country’s going to get better”.The young of America have witnessed too much violence and death, he says, and “too often that violence has come from folks supposed to be serving and protecting you”. 10.20pm BSTBarack Obama is speaking now. The 44th president founded My Brother’s Keeper, the host for this virtual town hall, in 2014 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a teenager in Florida.He begins by saying the US has recently seen “epic changes and events as profound as anything I’ve seen in my lifetime”. Obama was born in 1961, so he was seven or so when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, and the last civil unrest on a comparable scale was seen. 10.14pm BSTThe Obama event is about to begin but here’s a snap from the Associated Press: defense secretary Mark Esper has reversed the decision to send active duty troops back to their bases after they were moved towards Washington, as the president threatened to deploy them against protesters.Earlier, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointedly did not say Esper’s job was safe, after he told reporters he disagreed with Trump over the possible need to deploy troops.In an abrupt reversal, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday overturned an earlier Pentagon decision to send a couple hundred active-duty soldiers home from the Washington DC region, amid growing tensions with the White House over the military response to the protests.Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told the Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions. It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to respond to any protest problems if needed. 10.09pm BSTWhile we wait for Barack Obama to speak on police reform at an Obama Foundation online event, here’s our sports editor on the controversy enveloping a great NFL quarterback…New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not back down from comments on Wednesday that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States”, when asked about the prospect of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem during the upcoming season. Related: Drew Brees faces backlash for saying he will 'never agree' with anthem protests 10.00pm BSTThat’s it from me today. My colleagues, Martin Pengelly and Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.Here’s where the day stands so far: 9.51pm BSTCiting a commitment not to “amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice,” Snap said Wednesday that it will no longer promote Donald Trump’s posts to users who do not already follow him. “We are not currently promoting the President’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform,” a spokesperson for Snap said in a statement, referring to a section of the social media app where users can see content from news outlets, professional publishers, and public figures. Related: Mark Zuckerberg defends decision to allow Trump to threaten violence on Facebook 9.42pm BSTHallie Golden reports for the Guardian from Seattle:Washington State Patrol has apologized after an officer was recorded on video during protests in Seattle Tuesday night telling his team members: “Don’t kill them, but hit them hard”. State Trooper:"DON'T KILL THEM, BUT HIT THEM HARD."I am shaking. #seattleprotests #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/hL1B0xvnQJ 9.30pm BSTMinnesota attorney general Keith Ellison has just concluded his press conference announcing additional charges in connection to the killing of George Floyd. Ellison acknowledged there was a level of public distrust around prosecutors carrying out police brutality cases because “our country has underprosecuted these matters.” 9.19pm BSTMinnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said that, in order to charge Derek Chauvin with first-degree murder, prosecutors would need to find evidence of “premeditation and deliberation” in the killing of George Floyd. Many critics have called on Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder, but Ellison only elevated the charge to second-degree murder today. 9.13pm BSTMinnesota attorney general Keith Ellison asked for “continued patience” from the public as officials continue to investigate the killing of George Floyd.Ellison warned that his office would likely not be able to say very much publicly about the investigation in the days to come. 9.07pm BSTMinnesota attorney general Keith Ellison has confirmed the murder charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated and the three other police officers fired over the killing of George Floyd have been charged.Chauvin will now be charged with second-degree murder, and the three other officers — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. 9.02pm BSTSenator Amy Klobuchar’s office reponded to questions about why she confirmed the additional charges in the Floyd case before Keith Ellison did. A Klobuchar spokesperson claimed the Minnesota senator was only repeating reporting from the Star Tribune about the expected charges to be announced by the state’s attorney general.Senator Klobuchar's tweet was based on the news Stephen Montemayor and Chao Xiong at the Star Tribune broke earlier today https://t.co/gVsdpekGLsWhy is @amyklobuchar revealing this stuff as if she’s a reporter with a scoop? https://t.co/bZjmsMc0IA 8.50pm BSTHouse spekaer Nancy Pelosi attended a protest in Washington, as news broke that additional charges would be filed against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.Speaker Pelosi is at the protests... pic.twitter.com/9NR01fXcdd 8.41pm BSTAttorney Ben Crump said Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison has told the Floyd family that Derek Chauvin’s murder charge would be elevated to first-degree murder if additional evidence supported it.“This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest,” Crump said in a statement on the additional charges being filed today against the three other officers involved in the killing of Floyd. 8.36pm BSTAs we await the official announcement from Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison about additional charges in the George Floyd case, the attorney representing the Floyd family reacted to reports of the charges.FAMILY’S REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd's death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge pic.twitter.com/jTfXFHpsYl 8.26pm BSTAccording to court records in Minnesota today, the charges that we expect the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, to announce shortly against the police officers fired over the killing of George Floyd have been filed.They confirm a second-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, and charges against the other three officers present of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, CNN reported. 8.17pm BSTCrowds singing as they mourn at site where George Floyd was killed.As we wait to hear from Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison at a press conference imminently to announce new charges in the George Floyd case, timing still to be confirmed, protesters at the site where Floyd died under the knee of a police officer 10 days ago are singing. 7.53pm BSTWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has just concluded her briefing, which was particularly newsy today. Hours after defense secretary Mark Esper said he was opposed to using the Insurrection Act to send active-duty troops to states with George Floyd protests, McEnany said, “The president has the sole authority to invoke the Insurrection Act.” 7.46pm BSTRepeatedly pressed on why peaceful protesters near the White House were forcibly removed on Monday. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pinned that decision on attorney general William Barr. McEnany said Barr “made the order” to expand the perimeter near the White House, and she dodged questions about why the protesters were forcibly removed 30 minutes before Washington’s curfew went into effect. 7.39pm BSTWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany praised Trump’s visit to St John’s Church on Monday, which has been criticized by many religous leaders.McEnany compared the president’s visit to Winston Churchill visiting bombing damage during World War II and George W Bush throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game after the September 11 attacks. 7.36pm BSTWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the forcible removal of peaceful protestes near the White House on Monday.Echoing claims from the Trump campaign, McEnany said no tear gas had been used against the protesters. 7.31pm BSTWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tip-toed around a question about defense secretary Mark Esper, amid questions over whether Trump will dismiss the senior official.“If he loses confidence in Secretary Esper I’m sure you will be the first to know,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says when asked if President Trump still has confidence in the secretary of defense. https://t.co/AqrtEEtO2J pic.twitter.com/4yfiaSrDFA 7.27pm BSTWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has started her briefing, and she opened by saying Trump’s physical results would soon be released.The announcement comes seven months after the White House said Trump unexpectedly visited Walter Reed to complete part of his physical. “In summary, the president remains healthy,” McEnany said of the physical results, declining to go into details. 7.12pm BSTMinnesota senator Amy Klobuchar has confirmed that the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, intends to elevate the murder charge against Derek Chauvin and file charges against the three other police officers fired over the killing of George Floyd.Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice. 6.59pm BSTMinnesota attorney general Keith Ellison intends to elevate the murder charge against former police officer Derek Chauvin and file charges against three of his former colleagues over the killing of George Floyd, according to the Star Tribune.The Minnesota newspaper reports: Ellison is expected to provide an update this afternoon on the state’s investigation into Floyd’s death. According to sources, former officer Derek Chauvin, recorded on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he begged for air on May 25, will now be charged with second-degree murder.The other three officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will also be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the sources, who spoke on conditions of anonymity. 6.53pm BSTLaw enforcement officers patrolling DC have declined to identify themselves, raising concerns about lack of transparency days after protesters near the White House were forcibly removed using tear gas.According to an MSNBC reporter, the officers enforcing a perimeter near the White House have removed all insignias and name plates that would identify themselves.Back outside the White House. Today the perimeter has been pushed back another half block. Federal law enforcement of some kind, but they won’t identify themselves, and all insignias and name plates have been removed. pic.twitter.com/q5dmdMgkLV 6.34pm BSTTrump originally tried to register to vote in Florida while listing his “legal residence” as the White House, according to the Washington Post.The Post reports: The September 2019 registration application listed Trump’s legal residence as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the location of the White House. That created a potential problem for Trump: Florida law requires voters to be legal residents of the state. A month later, Trump resubmitted his application to use a Florida address and in March he voted by mail in Florida’s Republican primary. Trump’s original voter-registration application, which was obtained by The Washington Post via a public records request, was filed during a time when the president was making a highly publicized move to change his permanent residence from his Manhattan penthouse to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Fla. 6.21pm BSTA Republican member of the House armed services committee said he agreed with Mark Esper’s statement that it was not necessary to deploy active-duty troops to states with George Floyd protests.I agree with Secretary Esper. At this time, there is absolutely no reason to use the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty U.S. forces. That is a tool that should only be used as an absolute last resort. https://t.co/gYjNgGOSBY 6.00pm BSTHere’s where the day stands so far: 5.45pm BSTGeorge Floyd’s son, Quincy Mason Floyd, and attorney Ben Crump, who has been representing the Floyd family, are visiting the site of Floyd’s killing in Minnespolis.Attorney Ben Crump with George Floyd’s son.@kare11 pic.twitter.com/u55eh7zhOk 5.32pm BSTGreg Gianforte, the Republican congressman from Montana who infamously attacked a Guardian reporter in 2017, won a gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.He will now face lieutenant governor Mike Cooney in the race to replace Steve Bullock, the Democratic governor who briefly ran for the presidential nomination and is now mounting a strong challenge for a US Senate seat.Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey witnessed the incident … according to an account published on the Fox News website. After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, Acuna wrote: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.“Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’ … To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies.” Related: Greg Gianforte's mugshot released to the public after legal battle 5.20pm BSTNew York police officers were captured on video shoving and yelling expletives at two Associated Press reporters, as the journalists covered the city’s George Floyd protests last night. Related: George Floyd protests: reporters targeted by police and crowds 5.05pm BSTThe Minnesota attorney general has reportedly reached a decision on filing additional charges against the police officers who were fired over the killing of George Floyd. CNN reports: One of the [law enforcement] officials said state Attorney General Keith Ellison will be making a significant announcement in the case early this afternoon. The officials would not reveal what the decision was.Three now-former officers can be seen on video on top of Floyd during his killing on May 25. Derek Chauvin, who had his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degre manslaughter. 4.46pm BSTThe Trump administration is moving to block Chinese airlines from flying into the US, as tensions escalate between the two countries over the coronavirus pandemic and trade.The announcement came after Beijing said it would not allow United Airlines and Delta Air Lines to resume flights this week to China, which sparked US complaints that the country was violating an agreement between the two governments. 4.33pm BSTSeveral hundred protesters have gathered at the Capitol to protest the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two days after protesters near the White House were forcibly removed using tear gas.Protestors moments ago took a knee outside the US Capitol. pic.twitter.com/HsTzqK4meD 4.23pm BSTPhiladelphia has removed a statue of former mayor Frank Rizzo, who has been severely criticized for his treatment of African American and LGBT residents of the city in the 1970’s.WATCH: VIDEO of Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo bronze sculpture lifted off then driven away in truck overnight. It looks as if he’s waving goodbye ⁦@FOX29philly⁩ pic.twitter.com/hTxH7dqato 4.00pm BSTAt his press briefing, defense secretary Mark Esper also said he had asked the army secretary, Ryan McCarthy, to launch an inquiry into a National Guard medevac helicopter that was filmed hovering low over protesters in Washington, in an apparent effort to disperse them by intimidation and the strong wind from its rotor.Esper said it was only confirmed it was a National Guard helicopter on Tuesday and that he ordered the inquiry within an hour of learning about it. 3.38pm BSTDefense secretary Mark Esper claimed he and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Mark A Milley, had planned to thank National Guard members who were on duty near the White House when they accompanied Trump to St John’s Church on Monday.“It was also my aim and General Milley’s to meet with and thank the members of the National Guard, who are on duty that evening in the park. It is something the president likes to do as well,” Esper said. 3.30pm BSTDefense secretary Mark Esper said he “did know” that he was accompanying Trump to St John’s Church on Monday night, but he claimed he “was not aware that a photo op was happening.” Esper has been widely criticized for partcipating in the photo op, with one member of the Defense Science Board even resigning over the issue. 3.18pm BSTMark Esper, the defense secretary, has said there is no grounds for invoking the Insurrection Act, which Trump has threatened to do. Defense Sec. Esper: "I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.""The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now." pic.twitter.com/qUGZCmN4SG 3.04pm BSTTrump has contradicted details of the reports that the Service Service took him to the underground bunker on Friday night as George Floyd protests unfolded near the White House, out of concern for his safety.Trump says he went to the White House bunker for inspection:“It was a false report. I wasn’t down— I went down during the day and I was there for a tiny, little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection…I’ve gone down two or three times, all for inspection." pic.twitter.com/RFPi4aAsfX Inside the White House, the mood was bristling with tension. Hundreds of protesters were gathering outside the gates, shouting curses at President Trump and in some cases throwing bricks and bottles. Nervous for his safety, Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks. The scene on Friday night, described by a person with firsthand knowledge, kicked off an uneasy weekend at the White House as demonstrations spread after the brutal death of a black man in police custody under a white officer’s knee. While in the end officials said they were never really in danger, Mr. Trump and his family have been rattled by protests near the Executive Mansion that turned violent for a third night on Sunday. 2.46pm BSTThis is Joan Greve, taking over for Joanna Walters. Ella Jones was elected as the first African-American mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday, six years after the a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, sparking protests that drew international attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. 2.32pm BSTThe existential choice facing America was laid bare on Tuesday, as Donald Trump and Joe Biden set out radically contrasting visions for a nation convulsed by seven nights of protests over police brutality and racial injustice.The president visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, after threatening to deploy the American military against the American people and being eviscerated by church leaders for using the Bible as a political prop. Related: Trump and Biden offer starkly different visions with nation at a crossroads 1.41pm BSTA prominent US police chief has called for “sweeping reforms” to policing in the US to reverse entrenched racism and also demanded a national ban on chokeholds - the kind of restraints that killed George Floyd 10 days ago when an officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck and Eric Garner in New York in 2014 who died with a police arm around his neck.Both men’s dying words included “I can’t breathe”, which has become a national, and even international, cry during protests against police brutality.Congratulations to Cerelyn "CJ" Davis on her appointment as Durham's next police chief! https://t.co/GT8wvikhNW pic.twitter.com/XnVwDzjnmx 12.41pm BSTNYPD chief Terence Monahan has been doing the TV round this morning - appearing on TodayHe said an earlier curfew helped take out of neighborhoods “people who didn’t belong there” and that officers had allowed peaceful protests to continue beyond 8pm. He said those who had broken off from the main groups “looking to cause mayhem” had been rapidly dealt with.Watch @savannahguthrie’s full interview with @NYPDChiefofDept about the department’s response to protests and the effectiveness of an earlier curfew. pic.twitter.com/TSFh4pkmqm 12.21pm BSTBritish prime minister Boris Johnson has described the death of George Floyd as “appalling” and “inexcusable” in the British parliament - but he also cautioned protests to stay “lawful and reasonable”.There is a weekly session in London where the prime minister is grilled by MPs, and this week Keir Starmer, the leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour party, opened by saying: 12.01pm BSTFatima Bhutto has written for us today about yesterday’s #blackouttuesday and #theshowmustbepaused campaigns, which she scathingly dismisses as “a facile attempt at armchair activism”.At exactly the moment when power requires interrogation and urgent reckoning, social media users, celebrities and influencers rallied for silence.Whereas 24 hours earlier, users had been posting legal information, names of pro bono lawyers and bail funds, filming videos of wanton cruelty and abuses of power, now they were shtum, save for the sanctimonious black squares. Related: As responses to George Floyd's death go, #BlackOutTuesday was embarrassing | Fatima Bhutto 11.54am BSTMore details are emerging about the death of retired police captain David Dorn in St Louis, Missouri, after his widow, St. Louis police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was apparently killed by people who had broken into a pawn shop. His widow said Dorn frequently checked on Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry when alarms went off, as he was a friend of the owner.To put into context how much Captain Dorn believed in being apart of the neighborhoods he once policed in, we would often see him walking his dog in North St. Louis or shopping at a store nearby. Most current and retired officers leave the city as soon as they can. https://t.co/rFa2VCEsoO 11.40am BSTEric Trump is up and tweeting as well - and he’s just retweeted a string of angry tweets from his father last night, where the president confirmed that this year’s Republican National Convention will not now be taking place in North Carolina. Donald Trump says it is because the Democrat state governor Roy Cooper won’t guarantee that all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in the state in time for the event.Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena - Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and......millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. 11.36am BSTIn a rare statement of condemnation of the actions of officers in a fellow democracy, British police leaders have said they are “appalled and horrified” by the killing of George Floyd.The statement is from Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive of the College of Policing and Paul Griffiths, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association. It says: “We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow. 11.28am BSTMy colleague Matthew Teague has been in Fairhope, Alabama, speaking to evangelical Christians about that controversial Donald Trump photo with the bible from earlier in the week. Related: 'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op 11.22am BSTTurkey’s state-run news agency has reported that at least 29 demonstrators were detained in Istanbul who had gathered to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United States. 11.12am BSTOne political development overnight that you might have missed with all the attention on street protests, is that controversial Iowa Republican congressman Steve King lost his re-election race to the state senator Randy Feenstra.The nine-term conservative congressman, who was repeatedly reprimanded by leaders in his own party for racist rhetoric and interactions with white nationalists faced four Republican primary challengers - and lost. Related: Republican congressman Steve King loses primary race in Iowa 11.03am BSTThe president is up and tweeting, and attacking “poorly run & managed” states in comparison to Texas, which he is praising while also touting the southern border wall which he says is going up “fast”.I agree, unlike other states that are poorly run & managed, Texas is in great shape...and the Southern Border Wall, which is going up FAST, puts it in even better position! https://t.co/F7quFwVPVF 10.57am BSTThere’s some interesting sports stories related to the protests and police violence floating around already today.Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha has come out to say that he never goes out and feels 100% safe while in the US.After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe. 10.41am BSTMeanwhile back in the US, the US Park Police (USPP) has defended its forceful clearing of protesters for a controversial Trump photo-op on Monday.In a statement, the agency accused “violent protestors” of “throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids”.When @usparkpolicepio says they didn’t use “CS or CN” tear gas, technically that’s correct. “OC” gas cannisters used instead. Causes same tears, tight breath and comes out green. This is not a smoke canister. I picked this off the street after it was launched at us Monday. pic.twitter.com/UuGJy0A6cr 10.38am BSTThere’s no doubting the international impact of the protests over George Floyd’s killing. Last night a new mural by street artist Akse was unveiled in the Northern Quarter of England’s Manchester. Local council buildings in the area were also lit up in purple in Floyd’s memory. 10.33am BSTSeveral US news organisations are reporting that Tuesday night’s protests have been the calmest in days.Clearly that is not the case in Portland and Seattle, where police have been dispersing people with force, but it may point towards a nationwide drop in confrontations. 10.30am BSTPope Francis isn’t the only foreign voice speaking about the protests and violence in the US today. If you missed it from our earlier live blog, my colleague Philip Oltermann in Germany reported that Germany’s foreign minister has criticised Donald Trump’s threat to use the US military against protesters in his own country, saying “democrats must never escalate – even with their words”.“Instead of pouring oil into the fire, we should seek reconciliation”, Heiko Maas told Der Spiegel news website. “Instead of allowing ourselves to be divided, we should stand shoulder to shoulder against radical extremists.” 10.27am BSTAssociated Press reports that in the Vatican, Pope Francis has addressed the killing of George Floyd, saying he has “witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest” in the United States, and calling for national reconciliation.“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” he said during his weekly Wednesday audience, which was being held in the presence of bishops alone due to the coronavirus restrictions on gatherings. 10.12am BSTLast night was the first public appearance in Minneapolis from the people most closely affected by the death of George Floyd: his immediate family. 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