In contrast to the mayhem in Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn was a different world tonight.
Thousands of peaceful protesters marched on Eastern Parkway and down Flatbush Avenue. Organizers were self-policing and working with law enforcement to keep the routes clear and the marchers safe.
I might have missed it, but I didn’t see or hear of any arrests or even confrontations.
Even after the curfew took effect at 11 p.m., the police were lined up in front of stores along Flatbush Ave. but made no attempts to engage the protesters who hadn’t gone home.
When it was over and I was walking home on an empty Myrtle Ave., a bus driver stood outside his bus.
“You at the protests tonight? I was the guy honking!” He was beaming. He held up a video on his phone of the march I’d just left. “I like this,” he said, smiling down at it. “I like this right here.”
In Minneapolis, Davi Young, a Marine veteran, discussed President Trump’s threat of military intervention: “It’s hurtful. You can’t threaten your own people like that. How do you not see that hurt?”
If he were still a soldier and was asked to go against protesters: “I wouldn’t do it. I’d lay down my gun.”
As the sun set on an extraordinary day of civil unrest across America, the mayor of Birmingham, Ala., ordered the removal of a contentious Confederate statue from a public park.
One day after dozens of protesters targeted the statue, the 115-year-old Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Linn Park, defacing and chipping away at its base, the mayor said it would be removed. A large crane arrived shortly before 8 p.m., in the final hours of Jefferson Davis Day, the state holiday in Alabama honoring the Confederate leader.
The statue has been at the center of a legal fight between the city and the state’s attorney general’s office, with the city wanting it removed but ultimately losing the battle. Still, Randall Woodfin, the mayor of the majority black city, approved the removal on Monday in defiance of the Alabama Monuments Preservation Act, setting the stage for another showdown.
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Hundreds of Chicagoans joined a march that zigzagged for miles throughout the North Side, passing Wrigley Field and eventually taking over Lake Shore Drive.
As they chanted George Floyd’s name, the protesters were cheered on by people who dangled signs out of their windows in a show of support. Chicago police stayed mostly out of sight, guiding the crowd down empty streets but keeping a low profile.
A citywide curfew beginning at 9 p.m. remained in effect as Chicago officials tried to contain disorder and looting that has occurred for several days.
Many demonstrators had heard of the vow by President Trump earlier Monday to deploy the military if necessary.
“It’s upsetting to see our president make threats against people exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Will Rogosin, 20, a student at DePaul University. “If we can’t protest peacefully, what can we do?”
“It doesn’t solve anything,” saidi Farai Madondo, 20, also a student. “You’re not giving us any options.”
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.
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.
“Hands up!” “Don’t shoot!” “Hands up!” “No justice!” “No peace!” “No justice!” “Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” “What do we want?” “Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”
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.— Libby Garvey (@libbygarvey) June 2, 2020
A pivotal moment here in New York.
“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.
“Great job, guys,” deadpanned another as a group of officers approached.
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.
Read more on the unrest in New York.
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.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 2, 2020
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.
“I support peaceful protest and radical transformation,” he said.
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.