Protests Live: Officers Injured as S.U.V. Runs into Crowd in Buffalo

Our reporters and photographers are on the ground in cities across the country. Here’s what they’re seeing.

About 200 people turned out in the suburban Minneapolis community of Maple Grove for a candlelight vigil. Their plan was to stand in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time the Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died. But even after the time elapsed, people were still frozen in place for several minutes, with only the sounds of chirping birds and the hum of cars traveling on the freeway behind them.

Members of the mostly white crowd included children on scooters and bicycles and held fists in the air and carried Black Lives Matter posters as they stood along the freshly cut lawn of the town library’s driveway.

The driver of an S.U.V. barreled through a line of law enforcement officers in riot gear in Buffalo, injuring two of them in a confrontation that was caught on video, authorities said.

Just happened: a protest in a car run over a group of cops in Buffalo NY…Some of them might be dead #BlackLivesMatter #protests2020 pic.twitter.com/UraxbRhMuV

One of those injured was a Buffalo police officer and the other was a member of the New York State Police, according to Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County executive, who, along with a spokesman for the mayor, said that both officers were in stable condition. The driver and the passengers in the S.U.V. were taken into custody, Poloncarz wrote on Twitter.

More and more people are showing up at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s well after curfew but there are more than 200 people on Atlantic Avenue chanting “hands up don’t shoot!”

About 10:15 p.m., 15 minutes after curfew, a peaceful crowd gathered at the Minneapolis site where George Floyd was killed began running toward flashing lights in the distance, saying that they won’t back down from the police.

They barricaded all of the streets around the site to keep the police away. Now they are all back in an intersection just waiting for what comes next.

“What was his name?” “George Floyd!” “What was his name?” “George Floyd!” “I can’t hear you!” “George Floyd!”

Police officers from Arlington County, Va., were told to immediately leave Washington after law enforcement officers fired canisters of tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters so that President Trump could walk to a nearby church and be photographed holding a bible, according to the Arlington County Board.

Arlington police had been deployed to Washington as part of a mutual aid agreement with the Secret Service, the Park Police, Washington Metropolitan Police, the National Guard and others.

“At the direction of the County Board, County Manager and Police Chief, all A.C.P.D. officers left the District of Columbia at 8:30 tonight,” the county said in a statement. “The County is re-evaluating the agreements that allowed our officers to be put in a compromising position that endangered their health and safety, and that of the people around them, for a purpose not worthy of our mutual aid obligations.”

“Appalled mutual aid agreement abused to endanger their and others safety for a photo op,” Libby Garvey, a county board member, said on Twitter.

We ordered @ArlingtonVaPD to immediately leave DC. Appalled mutual aid agreement abused to endanger their and others safety for a photo op.

“Start making arrests,” a police commander just said over the radio toward groups of protesters in Times Square in violation of curfew. “Don’t let them get away. Don’t let them get away.”

The group he is referring to is a group of about 300 to 400 people moving north on 8th Avenue near 43rd Street.

A citywide curfew went into effect minutes ago at 11 p.m., the first time the city has such a curfew in over 70 years.

While large peaceful protests happened earlier in the night in Astoria, Queens, in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan has been hit by a rash of looting and smashed shop windows.

A Coach store on 44th Street was cleaned out. The front door was completely smashed. Shelves were empty. “They did it so fast,” said one police officer as she entered.

A couple blocks north, between 46th and 47th, an AT&T store was also cleaned out. Two young black men sat in handcuffs in front of the store amid specks of glass. Officers milled around outside, chatting in stupefaction. One snapped a photo of the scene with his smartphone.

There are quite a few broken storefronts here in Midtown Manhattan, where looters struck before curfew. This is the Urban Outfitters store on the corner of 35th St. and Broadway.

Democratic political leaders wasted no time in condemning President Trump’s photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, for which hundreds of peaceful protesters were cleared out with tear gas.

In a tweet, Joe Biden, Trump’s rival in November’s election, attacked the president for “using the American military against the American people” in order to set up a photo for himself.

Hillary Clinton characterized the situation as “a horrifying use of presidential power against our own citizens.

Tonight the President of the United States used the American military to shoot peaceful protestors with rubber bullets & tear gas them. For a photo op.This is a horrifying use of presidential power against our own citizens, & has no place anywhere, let alone in America. Vote.

Despite a local curfew of 7 p.m., Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has allowed peaceful protests to continue until 10 p.m. local time on the county courthouse property, of which he has jurisdiction.

Jenkins cautioned that if protesters left the property to march into downtown, where the 7 p.m. curfew remains in effect, that they will likely be arrested by Dallas Police.

As scores of protesters made their way into Washington D.C’s Chinatown district, a Lakota helicopter with U.S. Army markings descended to rooftop level, kicking up dirt, debris and snapping trees that narrowly missed several people. The maneuver, often conducted by low flying jets in combat zones to scare away insurgents, is known as a show of force.

In this case it was successful. The crowd quickly dispersed into surrounding blocks, and minutes later the helicopters returned for another pass.

At dusk in Los Angeles, a massive gathering marched down Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Law enforcement gave the group a wide berth and things also seemed peaceful.

But as the 6 p.m. curfew took effect, groups peeled off, targeting the Gower Gulch shopping complex, smashing windows of the Kabob Daddy restaurant, ripping plywood off of a T-Mobile store and a Rite-Aid.

Then the frenzy began, with men and women in masks, some carrying skateboards, others documenting the events on smartphones, moving in and out of the stores with items under their arms. Officers quickly descended on the scene en masse as the majority of the mob fled, many in vehicles, indicating coordination.

Outside the 7th Precinct building in New York, a group of roughly 1,000 protesters gathered as two dozen police with batons and helmets stood behind a metal barricade. The crowd proceeded to take a knee.

Police officers have a large group of protesters cordoned off in front of Radio City Music Hall. A prisoner transport bus has just arrived, and arrests seem likely. I’ve seen a few officers with their badges/numbers covered up with surgical masks.

The police and protesters have crowded the streets in Washington and President Trump was seen walking from the White House to St. John’s Church, which was damaged during the protests on Sunday.

Bishop Mariann E. Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, of which St. John’s is a part, said she was “outraged” that President Trump went to the church “after he threatened to basically rain down military force.”

SCATHING CONDEMNATION OF TRUMP’S ST. JOHN’S PHOTO OP: “I am outraged,” says @Mebudde, the Episcopal bishop of DC, who oversees St. John’s Church. “I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen tonight.” pic.twitter.com/10pSIOVrb3

“The president used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without even asking us, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for,” she said.

“It is appalling,” she said. “The Bible is not an instrument of white supremacy or American nationalism. It is a universal text for all human beings.”

“The president did not come to pray at St. Johns. He did not come to acknowledge the agony that our country is experiencing right now. He never mentioned the sacred worth of people of color in our nation who rightfully demand an end to hundreds of years of systemic racism and white supremacy.”

There’s quite a scene on F.D.R. Drive right now. Protesters have stopped traffic in both directions.

Some cars trapped on the road are honking in unison with the crowd, which is cheering: “Say his name!”

Officials in New York pushed an emergency alert to mobile phones throughout the city, warning of the citywide curfew that is to take effect at 11 p.m. Such alerts are more frequently used for extreme weather or Amber Alerts and have been used in other cities in recent days to warn of curfews.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/george-floyd-protests-today-06-01

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