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George Floyd Laid to Rest, Two Weeks After Killing by Police Sparked Global Uprising

Jun 10, 2020

After weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer killed him by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, family and friends gathered in Houston Tuesday for a private funeral, to lay George Floyd to rest, and to call for change. This is Brooke Williams, George Floyd’s niece, speaking at the funeral.

Brooke Williams: “These laws need to be changed. No more hate crimes, please! Someone said, 'Make America great again.' But when has America ever been great? Those four officers were literally on him for nine minutes, and none of them showed they have a heart or soul. This is not just murder, but a hate crime. I share happy memories with my uncle. And that’s all I have, are memories.”

After the funeral, George Floyd’s golden coffin was driven to a cemetery to be buried beside his mother. Thousands lined the streets as his motorcade passed. After headlines, we’ll air excerpts from George Floyd’s funeral service, including remarks by his brother Philonise, who’s testifying today before the House Judiciary Committee.

Coronavirus Cases Surge in States That Eased Lockdowns Two Weeks Ago

Jun 10, 2020

Coronavirus cases are continuing to soar across the United States as the death toll tops 112,000. The Washington Post reports COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing in at least nine states following the reopening of businesses. Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona are all seeing a surge in patients needing medical attention. Texas has seen two consecutive days of record coronavirus hospitalizations. On Tuesday, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, described the coronavirus as his “worst nightmare” and said the pandemic is not close to over yet. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has revised its projected U.S. death toll upward, predicting 145,000 deaths by early August.

Georgia Election “Catastrophe” Disproportionately Affects Voters of Color

Jun 10, 2020

Voters headed to the polls in five states Tuesday. In Georgia, some voters had to wait in line for as long as five hours in the heat and rain due to widespread problems with new electronic voting machines and a shortage of trained poll workers. Georgia’s Republican secretary of state has launched a probe. Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said, “It’s a disaster that was imminently preventable. … We found ourselves in the mix of both incompetence and malfeasance.” The New York Times has published drone footage showing hundreds of people waiting in line at one site. The lines were so long, judges extended voting hours at polls in at least 20 counties — including in areas with large African American communities. Reporters from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted videos of voters complaining about the long lines. This is 80-year-old Anita Heard.

Anita Heard: “This is ridiculous. In the United States of America, this time, people can’t vote. People are killing each other and can’t get along. I don’t have to like you, but I respect you as a human being. What is going on? And now we get here. People have been — look at these people. We’ve been waiting. We’ve been waiting since 6:00 this morning. Six o’clock. If you go around this building, you’ll see people waiting in line. This is unfair.”

DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson said, “If this is a preview of November, then we’re in trouble.” Georgia has closed over 200 polling places since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Results from the Georgia election won’t be finalized for days. Jon Ossoff is leading in the Democratic Senate primary, but a runoff may still be needed to decide who will challenge Republican Senator David Perdue in November. In other election news, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham survived a challenge from three fellow Republicans in South Carolina. He will face Democrat Jaime Harrison in November.

Protesters Topple Monuments to Slave Traders, Racists and Mass Murderers

Jun 10, 2020

Protests against racism and police brutality continue to rock cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world. In Richmond, Virginia, protesters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus on Tuesday evening; they set it on fire before throwing it in a nearby lake. In Antwerp, Belgium, city officials removed a statue of King Leopold II on Tuesday, just days after protesters set it on fire. From 1885 to 1908, Leopold declared himself absolute ruler of Congo, leading a campaign of torture and genocide that killed an estimated 10 million people. In England, authorities have removed a statue of 18th century Scottish lord Robert Milligan from outside the Museum of London Docklands, after protesters covered it in a tarp and a Black Lives Matter sign. Milligan enslaved over 500 people on his family’s sugar plantations in Jamaica. The statue’s removal was welcomed by city councilor Amina Ali.

Amina Ali: “It’s a victory. And, you know, for the ancestors and the people whose lives have been affected by slavery, this is a victory today. So, it’s very symbolic. And I’m glad it’s happened in my lifetime.”

Seattle Protesters Take Over City Hall as Calls Grow to Defund Police

Jun 10, 2020

In Washington state, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters took over Seattle City Hall Tuesday evening demanding the defunding of the Seattle Police Department and the resignation of Mayor Jenny Durkan. Police did not try to stop the protesters as they marched downtown — unlike on previous nights when officers unloaded with a barrage of so-called less lethal firepower. On Monday, Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda condemned the mayor’s militarized response to protests.

Teresa Mosqueda: “How many people need to write in about being gassed in their own homes? How many people have to be sprayed in the street every night or experience getting hit with flash bombs or rubber bullets? How many people have to call for the police to be defunded, for you to consider resigning or for the mayor to embrace radical change?”

New York State Will No Longer Hide Disciplinary Records of Police Officers

Jun 10, 2020

Here in New York, state lawmakers have voted to ban the use of police chokeholds and to repeal a controversial law known as 50-A that shields the disciplinary records of police officers from the public. The vote came despite heavy lobbying from police unions to keep officers’ records secret.

Phoenix Protests Demand Justice for Dion Johnson, Black Man Fatally Shot by State Trooper

Jun 10, 2020

In Phoenix, Arizona, hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets demanding justice for 28-year-old Dion Johnson, who was killed by a police officer on the same day George Floyd was killed in Minnesota. On May 25, Johnson was allegedly sleeping in his car on the side of a north Phoenix highway when a Department of Public Safety trooper shot him, alleging he feared he would be pushed into oncoming traffic. Johnson’s family is demanding the release of the name of the trooper, the official report of the incident and any video footage that may exist. The trooper was reportedly not wearing a body camera, did not have a dashboard camera, and there were no known witnesses. Johnson’s family has called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and for the trooper to be arrested and charged.

Minneapolis Police Admit to Slashing Tires of Parked Vehicles During Recent George Floyd Protests

Jun 10, 2020

In Minneapolis, police have admitted that officers slashed the tires of unoccupied vehicles parked near recent protests over the killing of George Floyd, after Mother Jones published photos and videos of several incidents. A Department of Public Safety spokesperson on Tuesday said state troopers had “strategically deflated tires.” In other news from Minneapolis, the TV station FOX 9 is reporting federal and state prosecutors were negotiating a possible plea deal with former officer Derek Chauvin just days after he killed George Floyd. The negotiations fell apart on May 28. The following day, Chauvin was charged and arrested.

Activists Demand Arrest of Austin, TX Officers Who Left 2 Young Protesters with Head Trauma

Jun 10, 2020

A warning to our viewers: This next story contains graphic images of police violence. In Austin, Texas, Black Lives Matter activists are demanding the arrest of officers who sent two young people to the hospital with head trauma at recent protests. On May 31, police shot 20-year-old Texas State University student Justin Howell in the head with a lead-pellet bag fired by an officer’s shotgun. After he fell unconscious to the pavement, he was picked up by fellow protesters who tried to rush him past a police line for medical attention. The police then opened fire with another barrage. Powell was hospitalized in critical condition with a fractured skull and brain damage. A day earlier, another Austin officer shot 16-year-old Brad Levi Ayala in the head with a bean bag round as the teen stood passively on a hillside near a line of riot police. Ayala’s family says he is undergoing neurological testing at an Austin hospital and faces a long road to recovery.

San Jose Police Anti-Bias Trainer Shot in Groin by San Jose Police

Jun 10, 2020

In San Jose, California, police shot their own anti-bias trainer in the groin, rupturing his testicle with a rubber-coated bullet, as he tried to deescalate tension between police and protesters at a May 29 demonstration. Doctors say 27-year-old Derrick Sanderlin, who is African American, may never be able to father children.

Los Angeles Officer Faces Felony Assault Charges for Beating Unhoused Man

Jun 10, 2020

In Los Angeles, police officer Frank Hernandez was arrested Tuesday on felony assault charges. Video shot in April showed him brutally beating Richard Castillo, an unhoused man who had been squatting in a Boyle Heights property amid the coronavirus lockdown.

NYPD Officer Charged over Assault That Left Peaceful Protester Hospitalized

Jun 10, 2020

In New York, NYPD officer Vincent D’Andraia has been charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, after video showed him violently shoving a peaceful protester to the ground as he shouted an expletive and a misogynistic slur. Twenty-year-old Dounya Zayer suffered a seizure and was hospitalized with a concussion after the May 29 attack.

Trump Falsely Claims Peace Activist Assaulted by Buffalo Police Is “ANTIFA Provocateur”

Jun 10, 2020

President Trump has tweeted an attack on a longtime peace activist who was assaulted by Buffalo police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest last week. In video of the assault, which has been viewed by millions, two police officers are seen violently shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground. Dozens of officers walk by as blood pours from Gugino’s head. On Tuesday morning, as Gugino lay in a hospital recovering from head trauma, President Trump amplified a conspiracy theory pushed by right wing news outlet One America News, tweeting, “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. … I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?” We’ll have more on this story later in the broadcast.

Moscow Eases Coronavirus Restrictions as Cases Continue to Surge

Jun 10, 2020

In Russia, Moscow’s mayor has eased coronavirus restrictions even as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the Russian capital. The easing of the lockdown comes ahead of a nationwide vote that could extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Moscow continues to report over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, while Russia as a whole is nearing a half-million infections. Russia has reported over 6,300 coronavirus deaths.

Brazilian Supreme Court Orders Government to Release Updated Coronavirus Data

Jun 10, 2020

In Brazil, a Supreme Court judge on Tuesday ordered the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to immediately begin releasing updated coronavirus statistics — just days after the country stopped publishing new reported COVID-19 deaths and infections. Brazil currently has the world’s second-highest rate of coronavirus cases, nearing 740,000, and has more daily deaths than any other country in the world. Officially, over 38,000 people in Brazil have died of COVID-19, though that number is likely a significant undercount.

WHO Retracts Claim That Asymptomatic People with Coronavirus Are Rarely Contagious

Jun 10, 2020

The World Health Organization has walked back a top official’s claim that asymptomatic people rarely spread the coronavirus to others. The WHO’s confused messaging on the topic drew criticism from public health officials. The Harvard Global Health Institute said, “In fact, some evidence suggests that people may be most infectious in the days before they become symptomatic — that is, in the presymptomatic phase when they feel well, have no symptoms, but may be shedding substantial amounts of virus.” Meanwhile, two new papers published in the journal Nature find coronavirus lockdowns saved millions of lives and averted tens of millions of infections worldwide. UC Berkeley researcher Solomon Hsiang co-authored one of the reports.

Solomon Hsiang: “Never in human history have so many people around the world come together, coordinated their actions and worked to save so many lives in such a short period of time.”

Burundi President Dies of Heart Attack Amid Speculation He Had COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020

In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza was pronounced dead Monday morning of an apparent heart attack. Many are speculating his death may have been due to COVID-19 complications, after the long-serving president fell ill over the weekend. Nkurunziza had refused to impose coronavirus restrictions, allowing sporting events and mass political rallies to take place during the pandemic.

Trump to Open Atlantic Maritime Monument to Commercial Fishing

Jun 10, 2020

In environmental news, on Friday, President Trump gutted protections for the country’s only maritime monument in the Atlantic Ocean by opening up the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. Gib Brogan from the advocacy group Oceana said, “Protecting deep-sea waters is a win-win for both fishermen and healthy oceans, as healthy oceans from the seafloor to the surface will help sustain robust fisheries for years to come.” Legal challenges are expected.

Record Heat Wave Grips Russia’s Arctic Circle

Jun 10, 2020

In climate news, temperatures in parts of the Arctic Circle in northern Russia have topped 86 degrees Fahrenheit this month — continuing a record-breaking heat wave that began in May. Climate data show last month was the planet’s warmest May ever recorded, keeping 2020 on pace to become the hottest year since records began. The 10 hottest years on record have all come since 2005.

Paramount Network Cancels “Cops” After 33 Seasons

Jun 10, 2020

After 33 years, the reality TV show “Cops” has been canceled.

Inner Circle: “Bad boys, Whatcha want, whatcha want, Whatcha gonna do, When Sheriff John Brown come for you?”

Police officer: “Keep your hands on the car. I’m doing my job.”

In 2013, the group Color of Change launched a campaign to cancel the show, saying it “built a profit model around distorted and dehumanizing portrayals of Black Americans and the criminal justice system.”

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