Philadelphia protest draws thousands
A massive Justice for George Floyd protest is taking place Saturday at the Art Museum. CBS Philly reports that by early Saturday afternoon it had drawn thousands of demonstrators.
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National Guard members deploy near the White House
Pictures taken by Getty Images Saturday showed National Guard troops being deployed near the White House ahead of what officials expect will be the largest demonstration the city has seen since Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.
According to Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham, no arrests were made on Friday for the second day in a row, CBS News affiliate WUSA reports. No curfew was in place in the city on Thursday or Friday, and there is currently no curfew in effect for Saturday evening.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial around noon, holding Black Lives Matter signs and listening to speakers share their personal experiences with racism.
Man who trains police about bias injured during California protest
Derrick Sanderlin, a community activist who for years has trained police in San Jose, California, about anti-bias, was hit in the groin by a rubber bullet last week during a George Floyd protest, according to ABC 7 News.
Sanderlin underwent emergency surgery for a rupture, and before he did, doctors told him he may no longer be able to have children, according to his account. “The doctor had let me know before the operation that there’s no way of fully telling until you try to have kids,” he told the station.
Sanderlin said he walked into a line of fire after seeing police shoot riot guns at young protesters from close range.
“I really just couldn’t watch it anymore,” Sanderlin said. “And just kind of made like a parallel walkover, put my hands up, and just stood in the line of the fire and asked them to please not do this.”
Video of the scene from ABC 7 shows him standing in front of police with his hands up and police firing on him several times, one round hitting him in the groin. Sanderlin called being hit “the most painful experience.”
He and his wife Cayla have hired an attorney who is preparing a claim against the city and the police. “They were aiming for a body part that is prohibited when using those type of riot guns. You’re not meant to aim at the groin or the head ever,” attorney Sarah Marinho told ABC 7.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a statement: “Derrick has been a real leader in our communities’ efforts to reduce bias and discrimination through dialogue. I assured him we will be investigating this incident.”
NYC curfew continuing this weekend amid calls to end it
CBS New York reports many are calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to put an end to the city’s 8 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which was imposed in response to looting and violence that followed protests over the death of George Floyd.
Since then, peaceful protests have continued late into the night.
That’s prompted calls to drop the curfew, like other cities have, to avoid clashes with police.
On Friday, de Blasio explained why he doesn’t want to lift the curfew.
“Anyone who would say ‘Is it more harm than good?’ I would say no. We’ve had three really good nights after two really bad nights,” the mayor said.
Protester negotiates with NYPD to let demonstrators go home
A protester in New York City Friday night negotiated with a police officer to allow those out after curfew to leave without being arrested.
Peaceful protesters marched in Brooklyn after curfew went into effect at 8 p.m.. Around 9:30 p.m., police cut them off at the front and used police vans to block their exit.
Locked in with no options, protesters called to send those on bicycles to the front line to create a barrier between the police and the larger crowd. Others linked arms to create a second barrier.
“The police just cut us off,” one protester, Genesis Hart, told CBS News. “So they are behind us and in front of us. This is a tactic they love to do. We’ve been peaceful. There is no reason for them to block us from moving forward.”
Another protester, identified by The New York Times and the New York Post as 38-year-old Randy Williams, approached a police officer in the front and was able to negotiate, saying that everyone would go home as long as the NYPD did not arrest anyone left behind.
Having come to an agreement, the entire group left the street in a single file line with their hands up.
“Our voice has been heard. We’ve said it right in front of their faces, everyday that we’re out here is a move towards change,” one protester told CBS News. “So even though we have to go home … that doesn’t stop us at all, we’ll be out here another day.”
Chicago officials announce road closures for Saturday protests
Chicago officials have announced road closures in and near downtown Chicago due to Saturday protests. Bridge closures are also continuing in the city, CBS Chicago reports.
Grant Park and Union Park will be designated spots for demonstrators to gather this weekend, according to the station. The city expects hundreds, if not thousands, to gather peacefully.
A 9 p.m. curfew will continue to be in effect in the city this weekend.
Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days
Seattle’s mayor has banned the police use of one type of tear gas as protests continue over the killing of George Floyd. Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference Friday that the ban on CS gas would last for 30 days.
The move came hours after three civilian police watchdog groups urged city leaders to do so. Police Chief Carmen Best says officials will review police crowd control policies.
Local health officials had also expressed concerns over the use of the gas and other respiratory irritants based on the potential to increase spread of the coronavirus.
The groups said the move would build public trust and should remain in place until the department adopts policies and training for use of the chemical agent.
Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew is over
Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul were no longer under a curfew Friday night and the state is planning to start sending state troopers and National Guard members back home.
Minneapolis and St. Paul saw violent protests and store break-ins late last week following Floyd’s death. The city has seen peaceful protests for nearly a week, including some 1,000 protesters in St. Paul on Friday and hundreds more near U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz credited peaceful protests for helping achieve rapid change on Minneapolis Police Department policy. On Friday, the city agreed to ban chokeholds and neck restraints as a civil rights investigation of the department begins.
Philadelphia prepares for Saturday protest
Philadelphia city leaders are getting ready for what is expected to be a massive Justice for George Floyd protest Saturday afternoon at the Art Museum. The National Guard and other law enforcement agencies are continuing to assist Philadelphia police, who are ramping up their numbers ahead of the protest, CBS Philly reports.
Saturday’s planned protest at the Art Museum is expected to draw thousands and the city has announced road closures.
While recent demonstrations have been peaceful, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw is concerned about a recent theft of canisters containing dangerous materials that have been stolen.
“We are concerned. This isn’t a typical type of theft that you would see. We know, just from Saturday and Sunday, that there’s explosives being used to access either ATMs or fires being set off around the city of various buildings and vehicles, is most certainly of concern,” Outlaw said.
Memorial service to be held in North Carolina
A public viewing and a private memorial service are being held in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday.
“The memorial is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness,” Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said in a post on Facebook.
Peterkin said no protests were allowed and asked people attending to wear masks.
Formal and impromptu memorials to Floyd over the last several days have stretched from Minneapolis to Paris, Rome and Johannesburg, South Africa. Services are scheduled to culminate in a private burial in the coming days in Texas, where Floyd lived most of his life.
Tens of thousands expected to demonstrate Saturday in D.C.
Authorities in the nation’s capital are expecting Saturday to be the largest demonstration against police brutality in the city since Floyd’s death. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters Friday that local officials were projecting between 100,000 and 200,000 protesters.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham wouldn’t commit to a number but predicted it would be smaller than the 1 million people who attended the Women’s March in 2017.
It comes as authorities have sought to reduce tensions by having National Guard troops not carry weapons.
Washington has featured daily protests for the past week and they have largely been peaceful. There were zero arrests during demonstrations on Thursday and Friday.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser canceled the curfew that had been in place since Monday. She said she will decide on Saturday morning if it will be reinstated.
NYPD officer suspended after being recorded pushing protester
The NYPD officer who was recorded pushing a woman to the ground in Brooklyn has been suspended without pay, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement late Friday. Additionally, a supervisor who was on the scene has been transferred. Each of these cases have been referred to the Department Advocate for disciplinary action.
The woman, Dounya Zayer, said the officer knocked her phone out of her hand, CBS New York reported. When she put her arms up to protect herself, he allegedly cursed at her, called her a derogatory term and shoved her, she said. She said she had a seizure and a concussion after the incident.
She also said a commanding officer saw what happened and didn’t intervene.
Another officer was suspended after being was seen pulling down an individual’s face mask and then spraying pepper spray in the person’s face.
“We were wrong,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a video statement on Friday saying “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier” who were protesting police brutality. The statement comes amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, but also years of controversy when the NFL refused to support Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt in protest over police brutality.
In a video posted on social media Thursday, NFL stars called on the league to condemn racism and say it believes black lives matter.
In his roughly minute-and-a-half statement, Goodell did not mention Kaepernick by name but he said the NFL will “encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.” Goodell said he would be “reaching out” to players who have “raised their voices.”
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” Goodell said.
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Man who sheltered D.C. protesters from police says he saw “horrific use of force”
Rahul Dubey, the man who sheltered over 70 protesters in his Washington D.C. home Monday night told CBSN on Friday that his actions were purely “instinctual.” Others have called them heroic.
“It was unfathomable,” Dubey said of the police violence used against peaceful protesters right outside his front door. He called what he saw a “horrific use of force” against people who were out after the city’s curfew.
According to Dubey, police used batons, shields and pepper spray to push people back. He said people were being hit as they ran away.
The chaotic night began around 8:45, past curfew, when Dubey said he heard a loud bang about 30 yards from his stoop, followed by a stream of protesters trying to escape police. “Pounding of batons, cracking of shields, screaming, screeches that were – that I still remember, faces gnarled… police spraying people in the back of the heads,” he said, describing the scene.
Dubey opened his door to people, letting them fill up his home in the Logan Circle neighborhood.