The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.
Manslaughter and third-degree murder charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.
Today’s biggest developments:
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11:12 a.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in NYC, curfew extended through the week
In New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, nearly 700 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation.
Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts.
Some officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.
It also appeared officers were shot at, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, condemning it as “unacceptable.”
“I know people want peace,” de Blasio stressed Tuesday, “and I know they want change.”
“I know we will overcome this,” he said, adding he’s asked community leaders to “step forward” and “take charge.”
“Do not let outsiders attack your community … do not let criminals attack your community,” the mayor said. “I’ll be standing by you.”
New York City will now be under a nine-hour curfew each night this week, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.
The mayor on Tuesday asked those who want to protest to do so during the day, and then return home.
He also said he’s very worried that protests are leading to the spread of the coronavirus.
10:40 a.m.: Senate Judiciary to hold hearing on George Floyd’s death, policing in US
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he’s planning to hold a hearing on June 16 to examine Floyd’s death and policing in the country, promising to “take a deep dive” into the issue.
“It’s a long-overdue wake-up call to the country that there are too many of these cases where African American men die in police custody under fairly brutal circumstances,” he said. “It’s clear to me that policing among men in the African American community is a topic that needs to be discussed and acted upon, and I expect this committee to do its part.”
“I’d like to get to the root cause of it. Mr. Floyd’s case is outrageous on its face, but I think it speaks to a broader issue,” said Graham, R-S.C. “We just need to get to the bottom of what happened and what we can do to fix it.”
Graham called community policing “the anecdote.”
“I don’t know how to make that a reality, but we’ll have a hearing along those lines,” Graham said.
7:35 a.m.: Minnesota AG considering all charges for Chauvin, including 1st-degree murder
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison confirmed he is “considering all charges” and that “all options are on the table,” when it comes to prosecuting Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.
Ellison told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that the case must be dealt with methodically and that prosecuting Chauvin would not necessarily be easy.
“Generally, jurors resolve all doubts in favor of the police,” said Ellison. “The system is such that there are certain immunities police have, there are certain presumptions. There are relationships that police have that are established over the course of years. And the fact is if you just look at the Freddie Gray case, people looked at that video and were quite certain that there needed to be a conviction. No one was.”
“The fact is these cases are not easy,” said Ellison. “And anybody who says they are has never done one.”
Ellison was reluctant to give a firm deadline on the timeline of the case but confirmed that the public could see charges very soon.
“We are having a fresh review from what the county attorney has already done … and we are looking at this case with fresh eyes,” said Ellison. “There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable.”
Said Ellison: “The public has an expectation that there will be, there will render assistance when necessary, that [police] will not add harm. Just saying ‘I didn’t know’ and ‘I was following orders’, I don’t think is working for the public anymore. That is not a comment about the evidence or the law. It is a comment about where the public’s mind is these days.”
Ellison said that he and his team are moving “expeditiously” but warned that they also have to move carefully which could take more time than the public would like.
“There are numerous videos, numerous witness statements, a lot of stuff to go through for us to do due diligence,” Ellison stated. “We are not going to prolong this any longer than is absolutely necessary to do that due diligence and we are moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully. I know that is unsatisfying to people. They want, what they want immediately, and of course people have waited too long and have been too patient over the years but this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now.”
6:49 a.m.: Las Vegas police officer in critical condition after shooting
Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said two shooting incidents took place amid protests across the city Monday night.
In the first incident, an officer was shot while engaging with protesters near the Circus Circus hotel and casino.
“Our officers were attempting to take rocks and bottles from the crowd,” said Lombardo. “Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down.”
The officer is in “extremely critical condition and on life support,” he said.
The suspect in that shooting was taken into custody.
The second incident occurred around 11:22 p.m. at the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Officers were posted at the federal building to protect it from protesters when a suspect appeared, armed with multiple weapons.
When authorities approached the individual, the suspect reached for one of those weapons and was subsequently shot by the responding officers.
The suspect later died at the hospital.
“This is a tragic night for our community,” said Lombardo. “With these protests, which are leading to riots, one tragedy is only leading to another … our investigations into both these incidents will be ongoing throughout the morning.”
“What has occurred is utterly, utterly unacceptable and I hope the community sees it that way too,” he concluded.
3:22 a.m.: 4 police officers shot in St. Louis
In St. Louis, four officers were shot amid protests Monday night, Police Chief Hayden John Hayden said.
All four officers have non life threatening injuries. Two were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the arm.
Hayden said that a peaceful protest began around 3 p.m. with a couple of thousand people in attendance, but later a group of about 200 people started looting.
The group reportedly set off fireworks aimed at officers.
Hayden said the officers, who he said exhibited restraint throughout the ordeal, also had gas thrown on them.
That is when, he said, several officers, who were standing on the line, all of a sudden felt pain and realized that they had been fired.
1:57 a.m.: LAPD Chief apologizes for equating looters with officers involved in Floyd’s death
In Los Angeles, Police Chief Michel Moore apologized for a remark he made during a mayor’s press conference Monday afternoon. He had said: “We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers … We didn’t have protests last night. We had criminal acts.”
The comment was met with immediate backlash and Black Lives Matter LA called for Moore to be fired in a tweet.
Several hours later, amid much criticism, Moore issued an apology on Twitter saying that he misspoke during the press conference.
ABC News’ Alexandra Faul, Will Gretzky, Marilyn Heck, Aaron Katersky and John Parkinson contributed to this report.