June 2 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

George Floyd's death has sparked protests across the country.
Image: Protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in New York
Demonstrators gather after curfew during a protest in New York City on June 2, 2020.Brendan McDermid / Reuters

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Protests over the in-custody death of George Floyd passed the one-week mark Tuesday with no signs of slowing down. From New York to North Carolina and Los Angeles to Minnesota, thousands hit the streets while Floyd’s family called for the arrests of three other officers involved in the Memorial Day incident.

As authorities across the country respond to destructive and chaotic demonstrations with curfews and mass arrests, there’s been one notable exception: Baltimore.

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz announced a sweeping civil rights investigation of the police department in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, saying the inquiry will root out "systemic racism that is generations deep."

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Protesters coming over Manhattan Bridge blocked by police

Thousands of protesters on the Manhattan Bridge Tuesday night were blocked from entering Manhattan by a large police presence.

The protesters were out in defiance of New York City's 8 p.m. ET curfew, massing on the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

It's unclear whether the other side the bridge is also being blocked.

Las Vegas officer shot amid protests on life support; suspect booked

A Las Vegas police officer remained in critical condition and on life support after being shot amid violent protests Monday, and the suspect has been booked on attempted murder and other charges, police said.

Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, who has been with the department for four years, was struck by a bullet fired from across the street as police were taking someone into custody near Circus Circus, police said.

Edgar Samaniego, 20, allegedly was seen on surveillance video "firing a handgun at the officers as he walked down the street," and he was found at a motel and arrested, police said in a statement.

Samaniego was booked on one count of attempted murder on a police officer and two counts of unlawful discharging of a firearm, police said.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement that he was praying for the officer, and he called the shooing senseless. "There is no place for this behavior in Nevada," Sisolak said.

It was one of two shootings in Las Vegas Monday night. In another unrelated incident, an armed man identified as Jorge Gomez, 25, was fatally shot by police after he allegedly raised a weapon at officers, police said.

Sisolak said Tuesday he activated additional members of the National Guard after a request.

Esper orders inquiry into why Guard chopper flew low over D.C. protestors

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper told NBC News that at least one of the helicopters that seemed to "buzz" Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood during Monday night's protests was a National Guard helicopter, and said he has ordered an inquiry into why the chopper was flying and why it was flying low.

"The inquiry is to get the facts," said Esper. He said the Defense Department has asked the Army to conduct the inquiry.

Protestors took video of Lakota and Black Hawk helicopters flying low over various D.C. neighborhoods. 

Witnesses said a chopper that hovered low over Chinatown near the Capital One Arena was a Lakota with U.S. Army markings and the red cross of an air ambulance. The D.C. National Guard has Lakotas.

Thousands defy police ban to protest racial injustice in Paris

Pockets of unrest broke out in a mainly peaceful demonstration against the 2016 death of a black Frenchman in police custody. Protesters also expressed solidarity with the U.S. Black Lives Matter movement.

At D.C. demonstrations, a heavily guarded Lincoln Memorial

Dozens of military members and police in body armour stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday night overlooking hundreds of protesters in the area.

Photos and videos on social media showed peaceful protesters standing before the memorial in protest of the killing of George Floyd, some holding signs that read, "enough," and "Black Lives Matter."

Protesters who were using megaphones to speak to the crowd urged others to educate themselves about injustices facing people of color, such as voter suppression, unlawful incarceration and gerrymandering. 

Keke Palmer asks California National Guardsmen to march with protesters

Actress Keke Palmer engaged in a conversation with a group of California National Guardsmen in Los Angeles and asked they march with protesters. 

In a video captured by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, the "Hustlers" and "Akeelah and the Bee" star urged a man in uniform to stand with the community against "governmental oppression." The man, who had the name "Koenig" on his uniform, told Palmer that he could not march with the crowd because he had to stay and patrol the area but offered to march on the street they stood on. 

"I'll make you a deal, I can't leave this post," he said. "I will march through this street with you guys, to that next intersection." 

Palmer told him she was "at a loss" and that the offer was not enough. When another protester asked him to take a knee, the group of guardsmen did take a knee with protesters. 

"That ain't enough for me," Palmer said repeatedly in the background.

While some have praised images of law enforcement and authorities kneeling in seeming solidarity with protesters in recent days, others have accused officers of co-opting the silent protest that cost former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick his career.

Peaceful crowd gathers in Seattle after night of clashes

Couple discovers what appears to be unexploded grenade in Washington, D.C.

A rubber grenade found on street in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2020, the morning after there were protests throughout the city.Claire Felten

A couple was surprised to find what appeared to be a rubber grenade while out for a morning walk in Washington, DC. 

Claire Felten, 24, and Arthur Nelson, 25, made the discovery outside the Apple Carnegie Library about 7:30 am in the area of Mount Vernon Square on June 2.

Felten said that when she noticed the black sphere on the ground, she picked it up to take a closer look thinking it was debris left over from civil unrest in the area the night before.

“I realized that there were like little pellets or something inside it that I could feel when I shook it,” Felten said. “We realized, ‘oh wait, nope, this is unexploded so we’re going to put this down and we're going to walk away.”

The couple called D.C. police who responded and disposed of the munition. Authorities described the device as “a non-hazardous rubber shell of a sting ball, a crowd control device used by law enforcement,” in an email to NBC News.

NBC Washington’s Anthony Mague reported that flash bangs and police helicopters could be heard outside of the Apple Carnegie Library on June 1. He tweeted a video showing groups of people running with law enforcement vehicles following behind them. 

Thousands gather in Hollywood protesting George Floyd's death

NBC News Correspondent Gadi Schwartz reports from Los Angeles as thousands gather protesting the death of George Floyd.

Official resigns from Defense Science Board over protesters being cleared for Trump photo-op

James N. Miller, the former under-secretary of defense for policy, resigned from the Defense Science Board on Tuesday, citing President Donald Trump's use of federal police to forcibly move peaceful protesters Monday night.

"If last night’s blatant violations do not cross the line for you, what will?" Miller wrote in his resignation letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, which was published in The Washington Post. "Unfortunately, it appears there may be few if any lines that President Trump is not willing to cross, so you will probably be faced with this terrible question again in the coming days."

U.S. Park Police and the National Guard used smoke and flash-bangs to push away peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square and its surrounding streets, allowing Trump a cleared path to walk across the street to St. John's Episcopal Church, which suffered fire damage in protests Sunday night.

Democrats and religious leaders criticized the president for using force to push back protesters to pose for pictures. 

New York protesters march toward Trump Tower

A large number of protesters are marching towards Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City.