Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Esper Opposes Use of Troops for Now

Source: The New York Times - View Original Article
Published: Jul 02, 2020
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98% "Los Angeles, in many ways, is America's reference point for urban racial unrest, including the Watts riots in 1965 and the uprising in 1992."
89% "He softly groaned."
80% "Reporting was contributed by Tim Arango, Emily Cochrane, Nick Corasaniti, Michael Crowley, Elizabeth Dias, Reid J. Epstein, Tess Felder, Lazaro Gamio, Sandra E. Garcia, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Katie Glueck, Russell Goldman, Amy Julia Harris, Carl Hulse, Patricia Mazzei, Richard A. Oppel Jr., Catherine Porter, Elisabetta Povoledo, Alejandra Rosa, Marc Santora, Anna Schaverien, Thomas Shanker, Glenn Thrush, Daniel Victor and Karen Weise."
70% "I believe this is the beginning of the healing process of our city, he said."
69% "Mr. Obama intends to draw a contrast between the Trump administration's handling of the crisis and his administration's approach to issues of race and policing, a person close to the planning said."
60% "'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism,' Pope Francis says."
59% "I mean, he's talking about shooting people, he said."
50% "The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest who had been on the patio of St. John's when nearby protesters were sprayed with tear gas, said he was shocked by the events."
-60% "His comments on Wednesday were widely interpreted as an effort to distance himself from Monday night's events, which spurred harsh criticism from former senior military officials."
-71% "This is not just about the eight minutes of time where our officer had his knee on George Floyd's neck, Mr. Frey said."
-72% "Ms. Taylor, who was 26, was killed in March when the police executed a no-knock search warrant at her home."
-82% "Here's what you need to know:The defense secretary says he does not want active-duty troops used on the streets for now."
-83% "Mr. Fischer fired the previous chief, Steven Conrad, on Tuesday after learning that officers did not have their body cameras turned on when Mr. McAtee was killed on Monday."
-90% "The police, who said that they would conduct an internal review of the exchange, said that officers had been attacked with bottles, rocks and even some sort of chemical agent."
-91% "As happened on Monday, when much of the worst damage was done before an 11 p.m. curfew took effect, groups of people lingered outside after the cutoff came."

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98% : [Sign up for California Today, our daily newsletter from the Golden State.]
98% : Los Angeles, in many ways, is America's reference point for urban racial unrest, including the Watts riots in 1965 and the uprising in 1992.
97% : The announcement came as the city is searching for a new police chief.
96% : "Very calm situation," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter after 11 p.m. "
95% : In Atlanta, police and military personnel used tear gas to disperse a large crowd near Centennial Olympic Park shortly after the city's 9 p.m. curfew.
95% : Pope Francis said on Wednesday that he was watching the "disturbing social unrest" in the United States with "great concern.
93% : He will also field a series of questions screened ahead of time and mediated by Mr. Holder.
89% : Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites When the officers use kicks, chokeholds, punches, takedowns, Mace spray, Tasers and the like, the person subject to that force is black about 60 percent of the time.
89% : On Tuesday, in the hours after the curfew took effect, the group on the bridge and several other crowds of hundreds of people continued to walk peacefully through Brooklyn and Manhattan, chanting protest slogans and urging change.
89% : He softly groaned.
88% : The police in Minneapolis use force against black people at seven times the rate of whites, city data shows.
88% : Latest Updates:
88% : The City of Philadelphia on Wednesday morning took down a statue of the former mayor Frank Rizzo, a champion of conservatives who aggressively policed black people and gay people in the 1960s and '70s and whose likeness has long been criticized as a symbol of racism and oppression.
88% : The police in Minneapolis use force against black people at seven times the rate of whites, city data shows.
88% : Last month, on a conference call with members of his former administration, he called the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus epidemic as "chaotic" and questioned Mr. Trump's commitment to the rule of law.
87% : But his tactics, to others, bordered on the dictatorial, designed to suppress opposition and keep black people out of middle-class neighborhoods.
85% : The statue of a former mayor, criticized for years as a symbol of racism, was removed in Philadelphia.
85% : Mr. Esper also acknowledged on Wednesday that he did know beforehand that he was accompanying Mr. Trump to St. John's Church in Washington Monday evening, changing his initial assertions that he was unaware of his destination when he joined the president for a walk across Lafayette Square for a photo op after authorities tear-gassed protesters to clear the way.
85% : "Daddy changed the world," she said.
85% : The statue of a former mayor, criticized for years as a symbol of racism, was removed in Philadelphia.
85% : The statue of a former mayor, criticized for years as a symbol of racism, was removed in Philadelphia.
84% : "I didn't know where I was going," Mr. Esper told NBC News in an interview Tuesday.
83% : So far, the curfew is certainly helping, based on everything I've seen in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the last three hours."
82% : Over the last few days, Mr. Obama has been working the phones with close associates, including Mr. Holder, venting his disgust at the White House response to the protests and strategizing about the best way to address the issues without inflaming the crisis or squaring off one-on-one with Mr. Trump, people close to him said.
82% : Mr. McAtee, who was 53, owned a popular barbecue restaurant where a crowd had gathered outside on Sunday night, after the city's 9 p.m. curfew.
81% : But when the police get physical -- with kicks, neck holds, punches, shoves, takedowns, Mace, Tasers or other forms of muscle -- nearly 60 percent of the time the person subject to that force is black.
81% : "What we cannot allow is for the vision and mentality of Donald Trump to come into our city in the form of a militaristic rule," he said.
80% : Outrage over her death has helped to fuel six days of protests in the city.
80% : This time, the faces of the protesters are more diverse -- black, white, Latino, Asian; there has been little if any racially motivated violence among Angelenos; and the geography of the chaos is very different, with protesters bringing their message to Los Angeles' largely white and rich Westside.
80% : Reporting was contributed by Tim Arango, Emily Cochrane, Nick Corasaniti, Michael Crowley, Elizabeth Dias, Reid J. Epstein, Tess Felder, Lazaro Gamio, Sandra E. Garcia, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Katie Glueck, Russell Goldman, Amy Julia Harris, Carl Hulse, Patricia Mazzei, Richard A. Oppel Jr., Catherine Porter, Elisabetta Povoledo, Alejandra Rosa, Marc Santora, Anna Schaverien, Thomas Shanker, Glenn Thrush, Daniel Victor and Karen Weise.
79% : As the sustained protests have made clear, the fuse has been burning for a long time, and despair has mounted with each case of a black person dying at the hands of the police.
79% : He was celebrated by some as a law-and-order leader, who cracked down on crime.
79% : "This is about the previous 400 years.
79% : The curfew took effect in New York on Tuesday at 8 p.m. as officials again tried to curb the violent clashes, looting and other destructive acts that had marred the mostly peaceful protests filling the streets for nearly a week.
78% : On The Daily, Mr. Frey also rejected President Trump's vow to "dominate" protesters by deploying the full might of federal law enforcement in cities across the country.
77% : When asked what he thought of President Trump's call for military action against American protesters and the tear gassing of peaceful demonstrators to make way for his photo-op, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada paused at his podium for 21 uncomfortable, televised seconds.
76% : In a New York City under 'lockdown' and curfew, mayhem subsides even as protests continue.
76% : In a New York City under 'lockdown' and curfew, mayhem subsides even as protests continue.
76% : The differences, though, between 1992 and now, are stark.
75% : Alyssa Schukar for The New York TimesPeaceful protesters defied curfews, but minimal mayhem was reported overnight.
75% : The killing, captured on video, was the spark for the outpouring of anger and anguish expressed in demonstrations in more than 140 cities for over a week.
75% : It was often vandalized, and protesters in recent days have tried to take it down and light it on fire.
75% : While seeking a third term, Mr. Rizzo urged supporters to "Vote White."
75% : The parallels are easy to see: looting and destruction, fueled by anger over police abuses; shopkeepers, with long guns, protecting their businesses.
75% : He called for "national reconciliation and peace" and said the recent violence on U.S. streets "self-destructive and self-defeating."
74% : Louisville's mayor orders an outside review of the city's police.
74% : Slide 1 of 9 1/9 Flowers surrounded a memorial on Tuesday night at the Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd died in police custody.
74% : Louisville's mayor orders an outside review of the city's police.
73% : This is about a hundred years' worth of intentional segregation and institutionalized racism.
72% : " "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 general audience.
71% : The mayor called the review "an exciting moment of opportunity for our police department and the city."
71% : "They took what literally had been holy ground that day," he said in an interview, "and turned it into a literal battleground."
70% : "I believe this is the beginning of the healing process of our city," he said.
69% : Mr. Obama intends to draw a contrast between the Trump administration's handling of the crisis and his administration's approach to issues of race and policing, a person close to the planning said.
68% : Peaceful protesters defied curfews, but minimal mayhem was reported overnight.
68% : To date, the troops that have assisted with protest response around the country have been National Guard forces under state control, and not active-duty military forces, which are prohibited from carrying out domestic law enforcement under most circumstances.
68% : Peaceful protesters defied curfews, but minimal mayhem was reported overnight.
68% : But he said the protests showed that the statue "had to go away for us to understand where we need to go to look forward.
68% : We needed to get it to a place where it was out of people's sight."
68% : With America seized by racial unrest, as protests convulse cities from coast to coast after the death of George Floyd, Los Angeles is on fire again.
68% : "That's an important distinction, that these current situations are not happening in black communities.
67% : The largest crowd tried to cross the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn but was turned back peacefully after a lengthy standoff with the police.
67% : "It's a revolution, baby."
66% : "We should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it," he wrote in a post on Medium last week.
66% : At a demonstration last Thursday, seven people were struck by gunfire.
65% : Photos From the George Floyd Protests, City by City Scenes from the protests over racism and police violence that have erupted across the country.
65% : "There is a dramatically different philosophy that the president has than ours here in Minnesota."
65% : Finally, in a scene on Tuesday that has now spread wildly around the internet, Mr. Trudeau said: "We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States."
64% : Mr. Rizzo became police commissioner in 1967, before serving two terms as mayor, from 1972 to 1980.
63% : Mr. Frey said he is also worried the president's decision to turn Washington D.C. into a heavily armed fortress policed by war-grade armaments will only stoke further division.
63% : Residents of Los Angeles are reliving the trauma of 1992.
63% : But the mayhem largely stayed in the historically black community of South Los Angeles and in Koreatown.
62% : About 20 percent of Minneapolis's population of 430,000 is black.
62% : In recent appearances, Mr. Obama has become more forceful in his attacks on the White House, hammering Mr. Trump's actions without invoking his name.
62% : "My view is one of profound sadness -- sadness at watching communities we respect being so torn apart, and sadness at watching the loss of life in the pandemic," said Frank McKenna, a former premier of New Brunswick and a former Canadian ambassador to the United States.
62% : Outrage erupted after reports surfaced that a stadium at the University of California, Los Angeles was being used as a "field jail" for people detained during the protests.
61% : At a Wednesday morning news conference, Mayor Jim Kenney said that the statue was already scheduled to be removed -- in 2021, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
61% : He opened his mouth, then shut it -- twice.
61% : Now, organizers here say, they have very deliberately brought their anger to those they believe need to hear it the most: the white and the wealthy.
60% : 'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism,' Pope Francis says.
59% : In an interview with the Times podcast "The Daily" on Wednesday, Mayor Jacob Frey said the protests showed the need for "true change" beyond a conviction for George Floyd's killing.
59% : I mean, he's talking about shooting people," he said.
58% : Most Canadians soured on President Trump two years ago when he slapped tariffs on their country's steel and aluminum exports, threatened to cut Canada out of the continental free trade deal and insulted Mr. Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak" moments after leaving the Group of 7 summit, which Mr. Trudeau had hosted.
58% : "The United States is so polarized, the question of wearing a mask or not is fraught with political overtones.
57% : While demonstrators in many cities defied curfews, they did so peacefully.
57% : See more updates Video from Charlotte, N.C., showed officers surrounding demonstrators and using stun grenades, pepper spray and pepper pellets, tactics that were criticized by a black state lawmaker who represents the city.
57% : The city data backed up claims of a broader problem.
57% : Obama will address George Floyd's death at 5 p.m. President Barack Obama will make his first on-camera comments about the killing of George Floyd and the protests over police use of force on Wednesday evening, as he takes on an increasingly visible role in addressing the nation's crisis and criticizing the White House.
57% : As peaceful protests in the city turned violent over the past few days, with images of looting and burning buildings captured by news helicopters shown late into the night, many Angelenos, have been pulled back to the trauma of 1992.
55% : In Los Angeles, even as hundreds were arrested throughout the city, a crowd gathered outside the home of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who earlier in the day had joined the demonstrations and taken a knee as he listened to pleas.
53% : Officials said that Mr. Trump had discussed invoking the Insurrection Act to permit use of active-duty troops, but had been dissuaded by Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Attorney General William P. Barr.
53% : "Well just look at the rhetoric that's coming from the president.
52% : Obama will address George Floyd's death at 5 p.m.
52% : They sang "We Shall Overcome" at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn and a large crowd tried to cross over the Manhattan bridge in defiance of a curfew.
52% : Over all there appeared to be fewer violent confrontations between officers and protesters than in preceding days, and fewer acts of looting than in the two previous nights.
52% : While politicians here have set aside their partisan differences to work together to protect Canadians against the coronavirus scourge, Mr. Trump is viewed as politicizing the pandemic for his own reelection efforts.
51% : The police in Minneapolis used force against black people at a rate at least seven times that of white people during the past five years, according to an analysis of city data, underscoring the deep racial inequities that are driving demonstrations in the city and prompting the mayor to call for reform.
51% : "As long as it takes, I'm going to do it," Sam Fitzgerald, 35, of Brooklyn, said of protesting.
51% : Mr. Obama plans to start with brief remarks echoing two essays he posted online, imploring young protesters to channel their rage into political action by turning out for Mr. Biden in November and by embracing specific local measures to hold police officers accountable for abuses.
51% : Mr. Conrad was due to retire in a few weeks.
50% : Still, Tuesday did bear some of the marks of violence from previous days.
50% : "South Central has been completely quiet and peaceful," said Ms. Cullors, now a prominent activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter who organized a protest on Saturday in the Fairfax District, west of downtown.
50% : The Rodney King beating in 1991, captured on film, was one of the first viral videos of a black man being abused by the police, before cellphones even existed.
50% : The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest who had been on the patio of St. John's when nearby protesters were sprayed with tear gas, said he was shocked by the events.
49% : Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Wednesday that he does not think the current state of unrest in American cities warrants the deployment of active-duty troops to confront protesters, just days after President Trump said he was considering use of the Insurrection Act to do exactly that.
49% : "If there's someone who wants it, wants to take it somewhere else, we'll talk.
48% : Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida offered to send 500 Florida National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., to assist in maintaining order.
48% : The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the city of abridging the constitutionally mandated freedom of the press, after journalists covering the protests said they were attacked, arrested, intimidated with weapons or shot with nonlethal projectiles while doing their jobs.
48% : Some of the most searing images from 1992 were of racially motivated violence on the streets -- the beating of Reginald Denny, a white truck driver; gun battles between Korean shop owners and black looters.
47% : Outside Wrigley Field in Chicago, crowds chanted "Hands up" as they raised their arms to the sky.
47% : Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old black security guard, died after his neck was pinned under a white police officer's knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis last week.
47% : Mr. de Blasio and had been criticized earlier in the day by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and others for how he and the police department had handled what turned into a rash of looting across Midtown Manhattan on Monday before the 11 o'clock curfew.
47% : Shortly past midnight, two Louisville police officers and two National Guard members on the scene heard gunshots and fired their guns, and Mr. McAtee was killed.
47% : From their perch above the United States, Canadians have been watching in shock as the country they've long considered their closest friend and protector now seems like a crazed, erratic and dangerous stranger.
45% : Mr. Esper said after the much-criticized photo op that he was unaware of his destination when he set out with Mr. Trump for what he thought was a visit to view troops near Lafayette Square.
45% : A week after Mr. Floyd's death, Minnesota said it had started a human rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, citing evidence of systematic discrimination against people of color, particularly African-Americans.
45% : Speakers offered emotional testimonials to a man they recalled as a "gentle giant.
44% : The former president -- who is taking pains to avoid upstaging his friend Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee -- is expected to appear at a roundtable with his former attorney general, Eric H. Holder, at 5 p.m. Eastern time as part of a video town hall series sponsored by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit group Mr. Obama founded.
44% : He said he was praying for "the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism."
43% : The city of Louisville, Ky., will hire an outside consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of its police department, after the recent fatal shootings of two black residents -- Breonna Taylor in March and David McAtee early on Monday.
42% : New York City, which has essentially been closed for business for more than two months to slow the spread of a coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands of its residents, spent a second night under a new restriction: citywide curfew.
40% : On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida offered to send 500 Florida National Guard troops to Washington.
40% : His comments on Wednesday were widely interpreted as an effort to distance himself from Monday night's events, which spurred harsh criticism from former senior military officials.
39% : He paused for an uncomfortable 21 seconds.
39% : Much of the country's horror has been focused squarely on President Trump.
39% : "I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles," Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington said in a statement.
38% : For an eighth day and night on Tuesday, tens of thousands of people staged peaceful protests and impassioned marches across the United States, while the widespread destruction and looting that had followed demonstrations in recent days was largely absent.
38% : Trudeau was asked about Trump on Canadian TV.
36% : The Floyd family gathered in Houston on Tuesday for a memorial and were joined by about 60,000 people, according to city officials.
36% : "We just needed to get it out of the way so we can move forward," he said.
36% : Mayor Greg Fischer, who announced the review in a news conference on Wednesday, said the consultant would be asked to examine the Louisville Metro Police Department's policies on training, use of force and bias, among other matters, and that the review would include listening sessions with residents.
35% : On a bridge in Portland, Ore., hundreds lay face down, hands behind their backs, for a "die in" intended to emulate the death of George Floyd.
35% : A video of Mr. Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, taking in the outpouring of support was shared widely around the country.
35% : It's excruciating to watch.
35% : Faculty members objected, and the university said early Wednesday it would not allow the stadium to be used that way in the future.
33% : In a Pentagon news conference, Mr. Esper said ordering active-duty troops to police American cities should be a "last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations."
33% : But governors resisted the president's entreaties, instead bolstering the police presence, changing tactics and imposing curfews to prevent people from using the protests as cover to wreak mayhem.
33% : Friends of Mr. Obama say his passions are running high, and the disciplined former president is finding it harder to stay on script.
32% : George Floyd Protests Updated 5m ago The defense secretary says he does not want active-duty troops used on the streets for now.
32% : "This is not the end of the process.
29% : "This is not just about the eight minutes of time where our officer had his knee on George Floyd's neck," Mr. Frey said.
28% : Ms. Taylor, who was 26, was killed in March when the police executed a "no-knock" search warrant at her home.
27% : The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
27% : Taking that statue down, that monument down, is not the be all and end all of where we want to go."
27% : The pope's comments came a day after Christian leaders criticized President Trump for using two religious sites in Washington for what they said were acts of political theater.
26% : In those uprisings, dozens of people were killed -- 34 in 1965, and more than 40 in 1992.
25% : President Trump called on states to bring in the military to restore order and combat "lowlifes and losers," as an infantry battalion from Fort Bragg was dispatched to the nation's capital, where more than 1,000 people gathered outside the White House and military vehicles could be seen on the streets.
23% : Mr. Kenney said the city did not yet know what would happen to the statue, and had no immediate timetable.
23% : "The implications are more scary than I can even possibly imagine."
21% : "I wanted to see how much damage actually happened."
21% : The statue, which sat on the steps of a municipal services building, had remained for more than two decades since its unveiling in 1999.
18% : Here's what you need to know:The defense secretary says he does not want active-duty troops used on the streets for now.
17% : As police commissioner, he rounded up gay people late at night and forced members of the Black Panthers to strip down in the streets.
17% : Mr. Fischer fired the previous chief, Steven Conrad, on Tuesday after learning that officers did not have their body cameras turned on when Mr. McAtee was killed on Monday.
16% : The defense secretary says he does not want active-duty troops used on the streets for now.
16% : About 1,600 airborne troops and military police have been ordered to be positioned outside the capital, officials said Tuesday night.
15% : He said that, for now, this was not warranted.
13% : But, during the pandemic, public opinion of President Trump has sunk to even lower levels among Canadians.
11% : On Monday, Mr. Trump posed holding a Bible outside the historic St. John's Church, and on Tuesday he and the first lady spent about 10 minutes inside the St. John Paul II National Shrine.
10% : The police, who said that they would conduct an internal review of the exchange, said that officers had been attacked with bottles, rocks and even some sort of chemical agent.
9% : As happened on Monday, when much of the worst damage was done before an 11 p.m. curfew took effect, groups of people lingered outside after the cutoff came.

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