June 5 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

George Floyd's death has sparked protests across the country. Here are the latest updates.
Image: Protesters lay in the middle of the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Second Avenue in Memphis Thursday, June 4, 2020
Protesters lay in the middle of the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Second Avenue in Memphis Thursday, June 4, 2020 for the protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.Patrick Lantrip / AP

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Protesters hit the streets in cities across the U.S. for a 10th night in a row just hours after George Floyd’s family condemned the “pandemic of racism and discrimination” at a memorial service.

In Washington D.C., where workers walled off more of the White House complex to keep demonstrators at bay, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said the department was preparing for big numbers of “peaceful demonstrators coming to exercise their First Amendment rights” on Saturday.

And in Buffalo, two police officers were suspended without pay after a video showed authorities knocking down a 75-year-old man during a protest, Mayor Byron Brown said.

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Manhattan D.A. declines to prosecute most arrested protesters

A top New York City prosecutor said Friday he will not prosecute George Floyd demonstrators if they were arrested only for unlawful assembly or disorderly conduct.

The decision was made in the interest of ending the kind of racial disparity in the justice system that is part of demonstrators' critique in the death of Floyd, an African-American man killed May 25 in Minneapolis police custody, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement.

The announcement covers 71 cases to date, said office spokesman Danny Frost.

U.S. Army officials leaving Washington, D.C.: “We don't police the American streets. We protect America”

More than 700 soldiers who have been in Washington since Monday were sent back to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday night. U.S. Army officials deployed to Washington, D.C. told NBC's Courtney Kube they were relieved to be going home and that they did not want active duty troops called to the city.

Soldiers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division were called to the Washington, D.C. area earlier this week in case President Donald Trump invoked the Insurrection Act to deal with protesters. The more than 1,600 soldiers, who had been waiting at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, were never called into the city to confront protesters.

57 Buffalo officers resign from special squad

Nearly five dozen Buffalo police officers, specially trained for civil unrest, resigned from their roles on an emergency response team Friday after two colleagues were suspended for apparently shoving and seriously injuring a 75-year-old protester, officials said.

The members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team quit the unit after the fallout from Thursday night's incident, which was caught on tape, according the Police Benevolent Association.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” union president John Evans told NBC affiliate WGRZ.

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Michael Jordan pledges $100 million to racial equality effort

Michael Jordan and his Jordan Brand on Friday pledged $100 million to the effort to redress racial injustice, the retired NBA great's manager announced.

Estee Portnoy posted a statement on Twitter: "Today, we are announcing Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education."

"The Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community," the statement reads. "Black Lives Matter. This isn't a controversial statement."

The pledge comes in the wake of more than a week's protests from coast-to-coast after the May 25 in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On May 31, Jordan said on Twitter, "We have had enough."

A North Carolina lawyer has compiled more than 300 examples of alleged police violence against protesters

A North Carolina attorney has compiled a running thread on Twitter of examples of police violence at protests nationwide in the wake of George Floyd's death. 

T. Greg Doucette has compiled the thread, which now has more than 300 examples of alleged police violence against demonstrators. He said the examples have been sent to him by friends, protesters and even random Twitter users from across the country. NBC News has not independently verified each incident. 

"It's terrifying. It's absolutely terrifying," said Doucette, who is a criminal defense and First Amendment lawyer. 

To keep track of where the incidents are taking place, one Twitter user has put the examples from the thread into a spreadsheet, tracking where the incidents happen with a link to footage and background from Doucette. Another user has visualized the data using a map of the United States. The cities with the most incidents so far appear to be New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a police officer.  

By compiling the thread, Doucette said he hopes people understand that "this is an everyday thing." 

"Courts and politicians have gone out of their way to make this okay and it's not," he said. 

Biden shreds Trump for calling Friday a 'great day' for George Floyd

Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump for remarking Friday that “this is a great day for” George Floyd — who died last week in police custody — while touting positive economic data.

Speaking in Dover, Del., the apparent Democratic presidential nominee ripped into Trump for “speaking of a man who was brutally killed by an act of needless violence” and accused the president of failing to curb a “larger tide of injustice that has metastasized on” his watch.

“George Floyd's last words, ‘I can't breathe. I can't breathe,’ they've echoed all across this nation, quite frankly around the world,” Biden said. “For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd I frankly think is despicable."

At a news conference earlier Friday to address May unemployment figures that were released in the morning, Trump said, “Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing happening for our country.'”

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Ex-Trump chief of staff John Kelly: 'I agree' with Mattis' rebuke of the president

John Kelly, President Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff, said Friday that he agrees with former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's scathing critique of the president, but largely avoided direct criticism of his former boss himself.

In an interview with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Kelly said, "None of us would take making a statement like that lightly, but there is a concern — I think an awful big concern — that the partisanship has gotten out of hand." Kelly added, "He's quite a man, Gen. Jim Mattis, and for him to do that tells you where he is relative to the concern he has for our country."

"I agree with him," Kelly continued. "I think we need to step back from the politics." Referring to the constitutional separation of powers, the former White House chief of staff added, "No president, ever, is a dictator or a king." 

In a statement to The Atlantic magazine published Wednesday, Mattis — like Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general — said Trump "tries to divide us" and abused his executive authority by violating the constitutional rights of demonstrators outside the White House on Monday who were protesting the killing of George Floyd. That's when federal law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters out of the area shortly before Trump used the scene for what Mattis called a "bizarre photo-op" in front of a fire-damaged church. 

Kelly, who was Trump's head of Homeland Security before becoming his chief of staff, said "the end result" of the photo-op was "predictable," but "the jury is still out on tear gas and who got hit." He added, "I would have recommended against it."

Protesters in Maine await President Trump's arrival

A block party vibe in Washington

Reddit co-founder steps down from company's board, urges it be filled by a black candidate

Reddit co-founder and executive chairman Alexis Ohanian stepped down from the company’s board on Friday and “urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate."

Ohanian also committed money made on his Reddit stock "to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate” in his announcement on his official Twitter account. He said his first donation would be to Colin Kaepernick’s racial justice charity Know Your Rights Camp.

“I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop,” Ohanian wrote on Twitter.

Reddit, the sixth-most visited website in the United States, according to web analytics company Alexa, has been the subject of critique for how it has handled racism on its platform. 

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman released a statement on Monday stating “we do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.”

Huffman’s predecessor as CEO, Ellen Pao, tweeted a rebuke to the blog post hours later.

“So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long,” Pao wrote.

The site has struggled in the past to curtail communities devoted to hate speech. In April of 2018, when asked “Is obvious open racism, including slurs, against Reddit’s rules or not?” Huffman responded, “It’s not.”

“On Reddit, the way in which we think about speech is to separate behavior from beliefs. This means on Reddit there will be people with beliefs different from your own, sometimes extremely so,” Huffman said. “When users actions conflict with our content policies, we take action.”

Ohanian and his wife, tennis star Serena Williams, have for years supported charities that help the black community. They have also donated to and hosted events for Black Girls Code dating back to 2014.

D.C. Mayor Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on street leading to White House

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday had "Black Lives Matter" painted on the street that leads to the White House where protesters have been demonstrating following George Floyd’s death in police custody.

"There was a dispute this week about whose street this is," John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Bowser, a Democrat, said in a tweet. "Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC's street and to honor demonstrators who (were) peacefully protesting on Monday evening."

People were seen painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on Friday morning in large block letters in yellow across 16th street, which leads to Lafayette Square and the White House.

The official D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, however, suggested in a tweet that this move was merely an empty gesture by Bowser.

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