George Floyd protest updates: Cop arrested after video shows him use stun gun on downed man – National News
Written by admin on June 7, 2020
By: JON HAWORTH, ABC News
(NEW YORK) — 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, across the United States and across the world.
Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter. All four officers have been fired.
Governors in 32 states and Washington, D.C., have activated more than 32,400 members of the National Guard.
Today’s biggest developments:
– Minneapolis mayor booed after saying he does not support abolishing police
– Virginia officer charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor assault and battery involving man in crisis
– St. Louis-area officer suspended after video shows him hitting man with unmarked patrol car
– Several officers injured due to improvised explosives in Seattle
This story is being updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.
8:03 a.m.: Portland Police Department arrest 50 protesters in late night demonstrations
Portland, Oregon, experienced another evening of protests and demonstrations that began much the same as the last several nights with separate groups of demonstrators taking to the streets.
“At about 10:50 p.m. an unlawful assembly was declared,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement. “The crowd was given ample opportunity to disperse and were warned if they did not do so, they were subject to arrest or force. Officers began dispersing the crowd just after 11:30 p.m. Portland Police, assisted by outside agency mutual aid partners, arrested at least 50 subjects for criminal activity.”
Information on arrests is still being compiled and an updated release will be published when this information becomes available.
7:13 a.m.: Mayor de Blasio lifts NYC curfew
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has lifted the curfew that had been imposed on New York City amid the protests and demonstrations after the death of George Floyd.
“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city,” the mayor said in a tweet. “Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other.”
4:21 a.m.: Virginia officer charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor assault and battery involving man in crisis
The Fairfax County Police Department called a late press conference Saturday night to release details surrounding the arrest of one of the department’s own officers.
The white officer, Tyler Timberlake, faces three counts of assault and battery related to an on-duty incident that happened Friday.
Body camera video played at the press conference shows an officer deploying his stun gun on a Black man, who was walking away from him at the time. The man seems in the footage to be suffering from some kind of medical episode.
The man falls to the ground, where the officer proceeds lean on his back with his knees. The officer appears to deploy the stun gun on him again, this time while he’s already face down on the ground. At this point, other officers join the initial officer in pushing the man into the ground, where they force handcuffs onto him.
At one point, the victim yells: “I can’t breathe.”
The county’s Chief of Police, Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., says the man “is alive and resting at home with his family.”
Roessler also says Timberlake, an eight-year veteran of the department, has been relieved of duty. Other officers who were present have also been relieved of duty pending the result of both criminal and administrative investigations.
Timberlake faces up to 36 months of incarceration.
2:57 a.m.: St. Louis-area officer suspended after video shows him hitting man with unmarked patrol car
An officer was suspended and two others were placed on leave after a Ring video camera caught an officer driving into a man and then struggling with him on the ground multiple times.
Florissant Police Chief Timothy Fagan said the incident happened on June 2 but he only learned about it and saw the video on Saturday. The chief said the FBI and the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating the incident.
“My gut reaction was I talked to three different agencies to take a look at it because I do have some concerns about it,” Fagan said.
The man seen hit in the video was approached because he was in a vehicle matching the description of another car in connection with shots fired outside the Ferguson Police Department.
Police said no weapons were found on the man and he is facing pending charges for carrying drugs and resisting arrest.
The man suffered an ankle injury.
“I’ll tell you what I believe I see in the video which is that the male then gets up and tries to run and then officer tries to take the male into custody and from my view looks like he struck the individual at least two times, he looks like he kicks him and then hits him with a forearm,” Fagan said.
The incident happened on June 2 around 11:30 p.m. in the 9800 block of Eastdell Drive in the City of Dellwood.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell will not be looking into the case as his spokesperson’s son, an officer, was in the backseat of the car the detective was driving when he hit the man, creating a conflict of interest for Bell.
The case was turned over to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lomar as a result.
Fagan said there is no body or dash camera footage to review.
The officer that was suspended had been with the department for nine years.
12:42 a.m.: Several officers injured due to improvised explosives in Seattle
The Seattle Police Department confirmed that several of their officers were injured after people at a demonstration began throwing rocks and bottles at officers and by setting off improvised explosives.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. according to the Seattle Police Department, when demonstrators outside the East Precinct began moving barricades without permission and the police asked them multiple times to stop.
The condition of the officers is not currently known.
11:14 p.m.: Minneapolis mayor booed after saying he does not support abolishing police
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of a protest after he said he did not support abolishing the police department.
A protester asked Frey if he supported defunding the police department, however, he did not answer that question and instead said he “did not support the full abolition of the police.”
Boos quickly permeated through the crowd and protesters chanted, “Go home Jacob! Go home!”
Activists have called for defunding police departments in the U.S., often meaning taking money out of the police budget and putting it toward the community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced such a measure earlier this week.
ABC News’ Courtney Pomeroy, Alexis Zotos, Abigail Shalawylo, Ahmad Hemingway and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.